Shop Vac Coal Mover

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Wiz
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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2012 12:30 pm

Can't afford a auger but looking to save your back until then. Here's a quick demo on how to use a shop vac. Better results is to use pvc pipe and 6.5 hp shop vac. Mount toilet flange on bottom of bucket and ball valve. Use filter bag in shop vac Place bucket above your hopper ..... Yeah I was a little bored today.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf3y_-1zUwM [/youtube]

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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2012 5:39 pm

hmmmmmm........

I might be able to picture those hoses mounted on the top of my hopper lid rather than a 5 gall bucket! :idea:

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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2012 5:49 pm

titleist1 wrote:hmmmmmm........

I might be able to picture those hoses mounted on the top of my hopper lid rather than a 5 gall bucket! :idea:
if you add a lid to hopper use a rubber foam gasket to get a seal. I suggest using a smooth inside hose to get better transporting speed. Vac I tested with is a 4.5 hp. I''ve mounted bucket by hopper and decided not to use ball valve. No mess no dust.


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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2012 7:44 pm

Pretty cool and definitely low cost. Not sure how much coal fits in that ash pan (I'd guess less than 100lbs.)or how it got there but in the time it took to suck up that coal, an auger could have filled that 375 lb. hopper on the K-6. Not trying to be a smart ass but just saying its a slow process. Plus someone had to shovel that coal into the ash pan and then move it.

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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2012 9:07 pm

Love it!

I agree with titleist1 too. I'd mount that thing right on my hopper. Would probably make myself a replacement lid out of sheet stock (with gaskets) and keep my original lid for when I could afford an auger. Might even think about removing the filter from the shop vac and exhausting straight outdoors. No filter to get clogged up with dust that way. No lost suction due to a clogged filter.

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Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2012 5:26 am

just saying its a slow process.
I agree auger is faster if you want speed and can afford it, that's a better option. Like anything else if you want speed, then tweaking is a option also.


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Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2012 3:48 pm

Folks in the midwest used to move a lot of [similar] material with a shop vac - even made ways to automatically and touch less -- move it from storage to bin
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Post Mon. Nov. 05, 2012 6:50 pm

Sting wrote:http://forum.iburncorn.com/wiki/index.php/Kan_Burn

Folks in the midwest used to move a lot of [similar] material with a shop vac - even made ways to automatically and touch less -- move it from storage to bin
I also a member on this site, that's where I got my ideas. The Kan_Burn was design to clean the corn from red wings and crack corn. I also place magnet to catch any metal items on the outlet of drum. I had set-up using 2 shop vacs attach to a 55 gal drum to move corn. Once vac turn off it release a lid on 3 in pipe and poured corn in bin.

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