Coal vac build 101

 
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Post by CoalisCoolxWarm » Fri. Jan. 31, 2020 9:01 pm

So walls and a handicap bathroom took precedence over the coal vac, but now I have to get back at it.

If I can find all my parts, going to start getting things ready.

Ideas on suspending the barrel above the hopper? Seems like a shelf of some kind would be in order. Not too bulky?

 
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Post by titleist1 » Sat. Feb. 01, 2020 8:35 am

My barrel sits on some 2x4's that are screwed to the joists above. Angle iron would also work and be less "bulky".


 
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Post by Qtown1835 » Sat. Feb. 01, 2020 12:54 pm

When i had mine up i used 2x3 from the joists to a plywood platform. Less bulky could be bolt rod from the joists to steel platform

 
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Post by buzzber67 » Thu. Mar. 19, 2020 4:55 pm

Yes, leaks will kill the suction power. I have used a minimalist homemade coal vac rig for a few years now. Posted online here. A rice coal buildup on the rim of the vac (where the top & bottom fit together) almost stops the suction, even with a clean filter. I just clean the rim when the top is off to clean/change the filter. With a clean and sealed system, I top off a half-filled 275 # Keystoker hopper in just a few minutes.

nepacoal wrote:
Tue. Jan. 29, 2019 12:01 pm
You might need to fix the leaks around your shutoff valves at the bottom of the barrel.

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