I am most likely going to be purchasing one of the LL Pioneer Top Vent stoves this Spring. I would like to do something similar to what CoaLen did with his PVC gravity feed, but take it directly into the Hopper of the Pioneer. Here's some pics of CoaLen's setup: COAL BIN Pics. I'm wondering how exactly this would best work. Has anyone rigged up anything like this and has pictures they could share? I'd like some way to "seal" it so the falling coal into the hopper doesn't create any dust in the basement.
Just to get into the specifics a bit more of my plans (feedback welcome)...I currently have a large coal bin in my unfinished basement, but I'd like to finish the entire basement and want to minimize coal dust. So, I plan to remove the coal bin, buy bagged coal that will be stored in my garage, and have a "hopper" up in the garage with a PVC pipe in the bottom. This pipe will tie directly into the hopper of the stove. This will make it so I do not have to constantly shovel and transport coal from the bin to the hopper down in the basement, which should keep dust to a minimum.
With the hopper in the Pioneer holding 110 lbs. of coal, and the hopper in the garage probably holding another 200-300 lbs of coal at least (depending on how big I build it), I'm thinking I can go at least a week+ at a time without loading more coal (just ash removal).
What are your thoughts?