well i think alot , maybe to much.
at the front of the house i have a basement window 32" x 18". there is a wheelchair ramp the goes over it. you still have access to the window though , at an angle , plus the ramp is high there to get in. would the guy delerving the coal be able to get it in. he can back right up to it. here we go. lol i was think of building a coal bin there. of course i can't get in the basement to get. the ceiling from floor to bottom of joists is about 7'. rare for a 1862 house. so i build a bin 4w x 8l x6'h. heres the cool part. lol i cut a hole in the floor , between the joists and about 2' long then put 2-2x4's i make a trap door with a hole in it to lift it up. the rug by the front door would cover the door. when you lift the door out , i would have a micro switch to turn a 4' floresent light beteewn the joists above the bin. then i buy the biggest shop vac i can get. sears has a 20 gal. i open the door , suck up a bunch of coal to fill the vac. take the lid off and push it over to the stove and scoop it out.
as the pile gets lower i just add an extension pipe. am i crazy. your thoughts please . thank you , ken. oh yea , why i want to do get away from bagged coal. it's costing me $100 more a ton to get it bagged. this time i got 3 1/2 tons. that would be a $350 saving. also all the bags in the living room sucks. lol