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Post By: Spacecadet » Sun. Aug. 12, 2018 1:15 am

The end of this past winter was my first time heating with coal. I bought a new harman tlc2000. I needed a place to store coal so- I needed a bin. With $20 in screws and nails, and a pile of scrap lumber laying around, I built my first bin. It looks pretty hideous but It holds a ton of nut coal. Since I was happy with the coals warmth and how a small amount of coal does so well heating that I decided to buy another stove for my garage - So i bought an Alaska channing stoker .
This summer I headed off to Lowes and bought a truck full of lumber to build 2 coal bins. 1 for for the house and 1 for the garage. I built the garage one first. It is 18" by 8 feet by 4' tall and fits quit nicely against the wall in my garage - it s the perfect size to hold 1.5 tons of Rice coal. I drilled several holes across the bottom and put a screen mesh over the holes to aid in drying the rice for the stoker.
The other one I built is quite large. I built it inside my garage and had to move it to its 'permanent' location. It took me some time to build. Its 8x8 with a good pitched roof 5' wall and 7' wall where the entry door is.it also has 2 folding walls and a pivoting roof to make filling it easy. I built it to hold 5 ton, but have it filled to the max with 7 1/2 ton of nut.
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Post By: Spacecadet » Sun. Aug. 12, 2018 1:31 am

pics of the scrap bin, overloaded truck and the rice bin
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bin made of scrap lumber with a ton of nut
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loaded chevy with lumber for 2 coal bins and 24'' square flat block for the base
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constructing the 18'' x 8' rice bin for the garage
ricebincomplete.JPG
almost completed rice bin - the folding top wasn't installed in this pic
ricebinfilling.JPG
filling the rice bin
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Post By: Spacecadet » Sun. Aug. 12, 2018 1:56 am

pics of the nut building and coal delivery
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nutbinbuilding.JPG
building the nut coal building inside the garage
nutbinmoving.JPG
Moving the nut building out from the garage to its permanent home using car skates and a pallet jack. and of coarse help from friends and family
nutbinbuilt.JPG
nut bin in its final destination.
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all opened up and waiting for the coal delivery
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walls all folded down and the roof tilted for easy access for coal delivery
nutbinfilling.JPG
Delivered coal!
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coal bin full of coal delivery coal and truck full of coal scored on craigslist - 2 more tons going into the coal bin
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high lift truck getting set up to dump the coal
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Cornwall coal high lift truck making the delivery.

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Post By: StokerDon » Sun. Aug. 12, 2018 9:27 am

Nice!

That nut coal bin is huge! If it was possible to fill it all the way it should hold over 10 ton.

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Post By: VigIIPeaBurner » Sun. Aug. 12, 2018 12:50 pm

Nice builds! Did the 'patio blocks' you used for the filling apron come from, THD?

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Post By: ASea » Tue. Aug. 14, 2018 7:11 am

WOW! that looks awesome! Well played sir.

What are the dimensions of the nut bin?

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Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing II
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Coal Size/Type: nut / rice
Other Heating: US stove 6041 pellet
Location: New Paltz NY

Post By: Spacecadet » Tue. Aug. 14, 2018 11:23 pm

Thanks, it was certainly a "learning" experience!
On the nut bin, I also ran a power supply to it. Wired up a light switch that operates a 2 - 9 watt LED light bulbs, One positioned inside the building and one outside above the door. Also a 20 amp outlet.
VigIIPeaBurner : Thanks! The patio block and all the materials came from Lowe's.
ASea: nut bins dimensions outside are 8x8. however the real space inside is 7.5x7.5 short fold down wall is 5' and the tall door wall is 6.5 feet. The roof is 8.5x12 with 40" overhanging the door. Hopefully I'll stay dry when its raining when I am filling up the buckets

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Post By: archangel_cpj » Wed. Aug. 15, 2018 6:45 pm

I picked up a 120 bu gravity wagon for 400 bucks I'll throw a tarp on her and park near house in winter by barn in summer... If you have room it's pretty easy bin...
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