How do you deal with bulk coal?

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Post by Soccer918843 » Thu. Jun. 10, 2021 10:36 am

The place I usually get my coal in bags shut down now I’m forced to get one ton bags or bulk. What is the best way to manage and deal with the bulk? Any tips?

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Post by Sunny Boy » Thu. Jun. 10, 2021 11:26 am

Bulk can be easier than bags, depending on where you put it.

Back when coal was king, many homes had a coal bin in the basement. That's what I use and bring coal up to my stoves in buckets. My local bulk coal dealers use a chute, or a conveyor belt off the back of their coal truck to load the coal down into the bin through a basement window.

You can build a bin outdoors.

You can put a tarp down outdoors and pile the coal on it. Then cover it with another tarp to keep enough rain and snow off it so that it won't freeze into a solid pile in winter.

It's a good idea to first ask you bulk dealer what works best with their delivery equipment.

I have a basement bin that holds 10 ton - enough to get me though a long cold winter. I've used bags, too, but prefer bulk and not having to wrestle with 40 pound bags and having to go outside in winter to bring in bags.


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Post by Benny » Thu. Jun. 10, 2021 3:22 pm

I get a backhoe bucket full about 1300# and back into my bin , holds about a ton and shovel it out with a snow shovel. Also have a couple of super sacks. Takes about 15 minutes. My supplier is only about 14 miles away. And there’s a place with neon in the windows on the way!

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Post by oliver power » Thu. Jun. 10, 2021 10:21 pm

I prefer bulk, and it's less money. Sometimes the bags are handier in some situations, but then you have to monkey with the empty bags. Those mini barns work pretty good too.

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Post by farok » Fri. Jun. 11, 2021 12:22 pm

We get it loaded into our trailer and leave it in there as we use it up. When we're close to empty, we shovel into 5-gallon buckets and go get some more.


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