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

dutch:

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.
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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!
dutch
 
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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: KingCoal918 On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:01 am

I've been bagging my own from a basement coal bin in an old Victorian. maybe 15 tons left to go?

I use white plastic mesh bags from ULine.com that have a plastic string tie built in. iirc, the come in various sizes and are described as sand bags. Last year I bought (iirc) a bundle of 100 40# bags.

the cut 5 gallon bucket bottom is interesting, but it won't fit this size bag. what I do, since the bag is ridgid, is open it up and stand it in a 5 gallon bucket. I'm filling by hand so I can sort by grade. this bin has stove or larger down to fines piled 4' deep. I'll get a shovel in and get a cascade down the pile which makes the stove roll top down and will bag that first. then egg and nut. I feel like breaker boy. once I have the bag filling up I pick it up and jog it to get the coal to settle in and the continue on until I get it to string height. the I pull it out open, stand it on the floor and tie it off.

I did about 1000lb on Saturday in around 2 1/2 hours. slow but it's free except the cost of bags, and the 1/2 gallon of gas to drive there and back.

if someone wanted to invent something it should be a shovel with a screen sized to let fines filter out. I'll take one that drops everything smaller than nut.

next time I go over I'm bringing my 2x2 wire screen I sift compost with. I'm dreading the dust that operation will generate. I DO wear a NIOSH lead asbestos respirator when bagging.

mjb
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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: McGiever On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:57 am

Like this one... :D

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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: lsayre On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:22 am

McGiever wrote:Like this one... :D

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One of those would be great for my dusty Stockton coal.
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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: KingCoal918 On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:00 am

KingCoal918
 
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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: KingCoal918 On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:22 am

KingCoal918
 
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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: nealkas On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:32 am

I thought The Sackmaster 2000 sounded like a high tech jockstrap. :P
Kathy says it would make a great brassiere name. :D
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Re: Bagging your own coal?

PostBy: Starting Out On: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:39 am

McGiever, I used one of those shovels when I worked on the farm. They are made of aluminum and are used for shoveling potatoes on to an elevator.
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