COAL BIN Pics

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coalkirk
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Post Tue. Nov. 16, 2010 7:05 am

Well they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I'd say you about nailed it. :lol: But since the name of the thread is coal bin PICS, it would have been nice to throw a few pixels in there. :taz:
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Burning rice coal in a 1981 EFM DF520, nut coal in a hand fired Jotul 507.


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Stephen in Soky
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Post Fri. Dec. 31, 2010 4:15 pm

Well, ya'll can laugh over my high tech coal bin:

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It's a corner in the tobacco barn. Poured foundation makes up the side and back. Some heavy poplar floor joists repurposed when they replaced the floor of the sanctuary in the really old Catholic church make up the third side. And I like the front open so I can come and go easily with buckets.

A ton of egg on one side:

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A ton of lump on the other:

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And I'm set for the year. Keep a pole axe and a coal fork nearby. Few chicken transport coops, a gin pole, extension ladders, the obligatory plastic yard chair for libation and contemplation time, oh and elevated brooder boxes for when I'm hatching/selling chicks in the spring complete the scene:

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Oh, and a 1947 Willys CJ2-A to keep the coal company.

ETA: The floor under the coal is repurposed corrugated metal roofing. No rock/dirt in the coal, and it was FREE!
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Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air
Location: Hambden Twp. Geauga County,Ohio

Post Fri. Dec. 31, 2010 4:20 pm

Yep,I think that about covers it....It works,and you're warm and the coal's dry. Chances are good you will now be bombarded with questions regarding the Willy's ! If you need real,actual fit parts for it,let me know. I can help you get in touch with the folks who have actually got the rights to the name,blueprints and a ratpile of NOS parts for all the old Willy's. I actually was in the factory and grounds that your Willy's was built in before they tore it down. :(
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Stephen in Soky
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Post Fri. Dec. 31, 2010 4:26 pm

My Dad and Leo rode together to Nashville to pick up our Willys and that one. Ours had a PTO, which this one lacks. My Dad sold ours years later but Leo still had his in a shed. It took me 3 years and countless cases of beer to buy that one. It has 52,000 one (Well 2) owner miles on it. I switched it over to twelve volts, but kept everything to switch it back. Runs like a top when I put a little effort into it. Unfortunately I never used it this summer.

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Post Wed. Jan. 26, 2011 10:04 am

this one is a temp. until I get the one built in furnace room. there is an opening in the foundation for a shute. it will be sweet. I guess the house origonaly had an efm stoker, wish they would have left it!
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Post Sat. Mar. 19, 2011 12:30 pm

The best coal bin may be no bin at all. For those who are thinking of an EFM boiler, check out the following video;


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Post Sat. Mar. 19, 2011 12:35 pm

You will need room to install a skid/bulk bag feed system, the following sketch attachment shows the minimum room required. The sketch shows the auger out of the right side of the boiler, EFM's can be setup with the auger out of the left side as well.
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Post Sat. Mar. 19, 2011 1:03 pm

Excellent job,Vermontday !...Well Done and thanx for the details.
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Post Sun. Mar. 20, 2011 11:04 am

Vermontday, very very impressive setup!!! That's what I call 'thinking outside the box' pun fully intended!!!
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Post Fri. Apr. 22, 2011 10:27 pm

I'm trying to figure out if I can build a coal bin in my basement which can be filled directly by the coal delivery truck with the chute thing they use. There is a basement window in the area, on the side of the house facing my driveway. The space on that side of the house (we are in the city) is about 13 feet. Can the coal delivery chute turn 90 degrees? If so, the truck could back into my driveway to the window, and the coal could just slide in through the window to a bin in the totally unused section of my basement. I assume this is the way the coal was delivered to my house back when it was heated with coal, but there is no obvious evidence of a coal bin. I can try to snap some pictures since this reads like gibberish. Thanks.
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Post Sun. Apr. 24, 2011 3:01 pm

I believe they can turn it 90 degrees. I think there a pin that the chute hooks onto under the back of the truck that allows it to rotate 180 degrees.

The house I grew up in had a Gentleman Janitor coal boiler. The coal bin was filled through a celler window from a driveway that was only a couple feet away from the house, running along the side of the house. With the neighbors house just a couple feet on the other side of the driveway, the truck was parallel to the house.
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Post Tue. Jun. 28, 2011 9:00 pm

I was looking online for some coal bin "plans", since a well-planned project tends to turn out better than the alternative. I came across this plan from a 1981 edition of Popular Mechanics and didn't see it already posted here. You can read the magazine article there about how to heat your home with coal. Remember, in 1981 inflation was rampant, gold surged to over $800/oz and silver to $50/oz, interest rates were soaring, and the second oil crisis was in swing. Hmmm....

Anyway, I got a good chuckle scrolling through the rest of the magazine too!
http://books.google.com/books?id=-dgDAAAAMBAJ&pri ... &q&f=false.

I would be interested in ways to improve on this design. I'd add removable access boards instead of a shutter door, and size it to hold 5 tons of coal instead of 3. Other suggestions anyone?
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Popular Mechanics Coal Bin Plan

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Post Wed. Jun. 29, 2011 12:13 am

Anyway, I got a good chuckle scrolling through the rest of the magazine too!
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Post Tue. Jul. 05, 2011 1:02 pm

Just finished my coal bin in the corner of my basement workshop. I am buying coal in TT loads and did not want to move by hand. Check this out.
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I made a small chute in the door to load buckets with coal for my K-6.
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Above the bin is an area with an overhead door. I built a small removable loading chute.
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I have a small tractor with a loader to move stuff including coal.
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The loader in action:
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1 ton of coal in bin. I estimate I can get 7-8 tons in the bin.
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Post Tue. Jul. 05, 2011 5:25 pm

From the video it looks like it works quite well. Nicely done!
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