How Big Do You Make a Coal Bin?
 coalkirk
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That all depends on how much coal you want it to hold? One ton of coal is about 40 cubic feet.
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That should hold about 24 ton.

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ya 40cu ft per ton. but if you buy your coal from the same guy I did last year, you can make your bin about 15% smaller
Make sure its big enough for one full season... so you can stock up for the winter. You might not be able to get back to your coal bin with 2 feet of snow on the ground.
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COAL BIN SIZING CHART (Only Approximation)
Approx. 40 Cubic Feet / Ton
(L x W x H = Total / 40)
COAL BIN SIZING CHART (Only Approximation)
Approx. 40 Cubic Feet / Ton 40
W x L x H
4 x 8 x 2 = 64 Cubic FT Approx. 1.6 tons
4 x 8 x 3 = 96 Cubic FT Approx. 2.4 tons
4 x 8 x 4 = 128 Cubic FT Approx. 3.2 tons
4 x 8 x 5 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
4 x 8 x 6 = 192 Cubic FT Approx. 4.8 tons
5 x 8 x 2 = 80 Cubic FT Approx. 2 tons
5 x 8 x 3 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
5 x 8 x 4 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
5 x 8 x 5 = 200 Cubic FT Approx. 5 tons
5 x 8 x 6 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 10 x 2 = 80 Cubic FT Approx. 2 tons
4 x 10 x 3 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
4 x 10 x 4 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
4 x 10 x 5 = 200 Cubic FT Approx. 5 tons
4 x 10 x 6 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 12 x 2 = 96 Cubic FT Approx. 2.4 tons
4 x 12 x 3 = 144 Cubic FT Approx. 3.6 tons
4 x 12 x 4 = 192 Cubic FT Approx. 4.8 tons
4 x 12 x 5 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 12 x 6 = 288 Cubic FT Approx. 7.2 tons
5 x 12 x 2 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
5 x 12 x 3 = 180 Cubic FT Approx. 4.5 tons
5 x 12 x 4 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
5 x 12 x 5 = 300 Cubic FT Approx. 7.5 tons
5 x 12 x 6 = 360 Cubic FT Approx. 9 tons
Hope my math is correct and hope this helps.
Approx. 40 Cubic Feet / Ton
(L x W x H = Total / 40)
COAL BIN SIZING CHART (Only Approximation)
Approx. 40 Cubic Feet / Ton 40
W x L x H
4 x 8 x 2 = 64 Cubic FT Approx. 1.6 tons
4 x 8 x 3 = 96 Cubic FT Approx. 2.4 tons
4 x 8 x 4 = 128 Cubic FT Approx. 3.2 tons
4 x 8 x 5 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
4 x 8 x 6 = 192 Cubic FT Approx. 4.8 tons
5 x 8 x 2 = 80 Cubic FT Approx. 2 tons
5 x 8 x 3 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
5 x 8 x 4 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
5 x 8 x 5 = 200 Cubic FT Approx. 5 tons
5 x 8 x 6 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 10 x 2 = 80 Cubic FT Approx. 2 tons
4 x 10 x 3 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
4 x 10 x 4 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
4 x 10 x 5 = 200 Cubic FT Approx. 5 tons
4 x 10 x 6 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 12 x 2 = 96 Cubic FT Approx. 2.4 tons
4 x 12 x 3 = 144 Cubic FT Approx. 3.6 tons
4 x 12 x 4 = 192 Cubic FT Approx. 4.8 tons
4 x 12 x 5 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 12 x 6 = 288 Cubic FT Approx. 7.2 tons
5 x 12 x 2 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
5 x 12 x 3 = 180 Cubic FT Approx. 4.5 tons
5 x 12 x 4 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
5 x 12 x 5 = 300 Cubic FT Approx. 7.5 tons
5 x 12 x 6 = 360 Cubic FT Approx. 9 tons
Hope my math is correct and hope this helps.

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I have two coal bins. They are built on top of skids and are outside (sorry no pics yey) Both hold about 1000 pounds. This is good since I pick up my coal in a Ford Ranger and 1000 pounds is about all it will hold. I also put a lid on hinges on them to keep the rain,snow and sunlight out (light makes coal weak and not as efficient  at least thats how it seems). Made both out of big shipping crates with plenty of cross members  1000 pounds is a lot of weight.
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FINALLY, getting around to building my bin in the basement. Today, I was just working on it in the basement and studded/framed in an area of approx. 4' x 12' x 6' high about 4 feet from the window. Should be enough for at least 4 ton. My supplier has a chute about 14' long, the driveway is about 3 feet from the window. Should work great.!! Pics to follow.
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A good day's work.!!
Here's a couple pics, just have to finish up the end to the right, about 4'x4' section and put the removable slats for the door, add a light.
The window to load it is to the right, about 4' from the bin right next to the driveway. Just need to line it with plastic.
(The Big pipe is my cold air return for the old furnance)
Here's a couple pics, just have to finish up the end to the right, about 4'x4' section and put the removable slats for the door, add a light.
The window to load it is to the right, about 4' from the bin right next to the driveway. Just need to line it with plastic.
(The Big pipe is my cold air return for the old furnance)
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Hey, these route signs were supposedly updated, the guy had a pretty long list on ebay, must have worked for the state or something? It was on ebay...
The wife got it for me. I have a ton of other ones too from different states and license plates that I collect too!
The wife got it for me. I have a ton of other ones too from different states and license plates that I collect too!

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Got a couple more pics of it 99% complete. With removable slats. I had some old metal edged shelves, worked great!
I actually made 2 bins, the back one is 4'x8' x 5'+ and the front one (standing in, is 4' x 4' x 4'. Should be enough for 34+ tons, you can see my window is driectly to the side and the driveway is 3' from the window. Should be enough room to angle it thru.!!
I actually made 2 bins, the back one is 4'x8' x 5'+ and the front one (standing in, is 4' x 4' x 4'. Should be enough for 34+ tons, you can see my window is driectly to the side and the driveway is 3' from the window. Should be enough room to angle it thru.!!