Auger/Gravity Coal Bin

Jim from Macungie
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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 9:52 am

This is the coal bin that I have designed and built. I call it my Auger Assisted Gravity Fed coal bin system(AAGF). The coal drops through 4 holes in the floor of the bin into corresponding holes in the anger tube. The auger carries the coal to and then drops it into a 4" PVC pipe. The auger is controlled by a "momentary" switch so that the motor can not be accidentally left running. There are 4 metal paddles, attached to rods going out the back, that can be slide over the holes in the event that the auger has to be removed. A 5 second turning of the auger delivers 25 lbs of coal to the hopper. It holds 5 tons of rice coal. The top is 9 ft off the ground, that just about maxes out the height for the lift body truck to dump the coal into the bin. The bottom is flat so if all works well, if it was a cold winter, I might have to jump in there for about 2 minutes maybe towards the end of March and hump it up into the center.I made a short video:

It cost around $1500 to build myself. This is my first year with coal. The used stoker I bought this year and the money spent on the AAGF coal bin will both be paid off by the end of this winter. So far, COAL IS COOL !! Thanks for looking at my post. Jim
Auger Assisted Gravity fed Coal Bin

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 9:57 am

That's truly impressive! :up:

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 10:08 am

Very nice setup!

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 10:14 am

Makes life simple......nice video! You obviously DO NOT work for any Govt entity, because the logic and ingenuity you show and share is 'COMMON SENSE APPLIED TECHNOLOGY' (or CSAT). Now, you have one more step to design.......
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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 10:15 am

perfect! very nice job Congrats 8-)

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 10:22 am

Jim..... That is one nice setup. Simple but unique. Great job. ;)

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 10:23 am

Dude, that is some fantastic ingenuity! :notworthy:
Awesome job on the video too 8-)

Happy burning! :D

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 10:28 am

nice u have something to be proud of...nice looking block work too...hope u get many years of good service from ur neet I smell patent????

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Post Sun. Dec. 02, 2012 11:25 pm

Jim, Make more video's :!: That is so good. I love it. I don't know what else I can say since the video & poto's say it all.

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Post Mon. Dec. 03, 2012 5:30 am

Wow!! Impressively designed and built. Well done, sir!!

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Post Mon. Dec. 03, 2012 5:32 am

Very impressive. Nice work on the video as well.

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Post Mon. Dec. 03, 2012 6:46 pm

Beautiful job Jim, how far are you from MD I got a lot of work to do here and your top notch :D

Seriously though I hope you stick around and we can see more of your work!

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Post Mon. Dec. 03, 2012 9:10 pm

That's awesome!

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Post Tue. Dec. 04, 2012 9:02 am

Well done!!! :verycool:

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Post Tue. Dec. 04, 2012 9:21 am

This is the best coal bin I've ever seen!

What was the reason for not putting a pitch (43*?) on the floor of the bin so that you don't have to hop in when it's getting low? Clearly you put a lot of thought in to this so you probably had a reason.

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