Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: dutch On: Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:48 pm

How high do you think you can stack the milk crates full of
coal? that sounds like a slick idea...

wonder where I could get a bunch??? :wink:
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska Channing III

PostBy: stokerstove On: Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:01 pm

I get my coal delivered but a friend picks his own up and just uses 5 gal. buckets, double stacked. The first bucket he fills about 1/2 - 2/3's full and stacks a full bucket in the first one. they don't tip over and he gets at least a 1/2 ton per trip in his pickup. I figured at an avg. of 75# per bucket, thats only 14 buckets per 1/2 ton. He keeps the coal stored in his garage and moves a few buckets into his house when needed.
There are plenty of businesses who use 5 gal. buckets and will give them away for free.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Kodiak Stokerstove 1

PostBy: jumperjoe On: Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:09 am


I've stacked them 7 high. That's as high as I want to lift them. They make a nice cube when they are together. I got a bunch of milk crates by talking to the milk delivery guys they always have some that are not fit for milk delivery. It took awhile but I got 40 of them.
Stove/Furnace Make: USSC Hotblast 1300

PostBy: dutch On: Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:25 am

local coal dealer has hoppers with chutes for bagging,
just hold the bag in place and slide up the "door" until
the bag is full to where you want it, then close the door, and
tie up the bag.

I am stacking bags near the stove, on their sides, up
against a wall. but the milk crate idea was neat too!

i usually put approx 1700# in the truck, and if i bring
my utility trailer i can get another 1500#.
but right now my trailer is under a bit of snow in the
back yard!
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska Channing III