The knife system works great if it's outside. Lots of black dust. If used inside, you'd want a vaccume running while filling the coal scuttle. Otherwise, you'll have black dust all over. My coal bin is an old grain gravity hopper. I made a shoot to fit a five gallon pail. Works Great! I also notice a lot of dust as coal is filling the buckets. Being outside, it doesn't matter. When dumping into the Kaa-2 hopper, I have a vaccume running at the top of the hopper. That works great too. So good, I'm going to hard pipe it instead of laying the hose across the top of the boiler.HanSoSlow wrote:I just spent some time looking at the pics - wow some people have awesome set-ups. I like the knife idea with the coal scuttle under it to fill it up. I was thinking the same just wasn't sure how to build it. Sloping floors towards the outlet and a knife controlled flow system.
The coal bin page was great help as well. I learned a lot already today and its not even lunch time
HanSoSlow wrote:Hi, I am about to purchase a SF-150 and am now thinking about how to store the coal near the house vs. a good distance away. I was thinking about building a storage bin with a roof etc, but am not sure how large to make it. I would ideally like to hold 1-2 tons at a time in it and be able to in a simple fashion fill buckets or tupperware containers (with lids) to bring it inside as needed. So, how big of a storage area is needed to hold 1-2 tons?
I would probably burn 'range' or a mix if I can get it locally.
Any help would be great!!