I got my butt in gear and got a few things accomplished, I dug out the old canvas tent that I'd been using for a door over the coal storage building, and it was just too far gone the hang over the doorways again.
So I ran into town got to the local lumberyard before it closed at noon, and bought a section of barn door track and a set of door rollers. Got home, dug out a couple more pieces of OSB left over from the house construction, and made up a simple door, hanging from the track, it will cover the one doorway that I've been shoveling coal from.
The other doorway has too much coal pouring out of the opening, so I folded up a piece of the canvas and laid it over the coal, at least it will keep more ice and snow from accumulating on/in the coal. If we get a good thaw, I'll try to use this portion of coal so I can add another door.
I shoveled in about 25 buckets of damp coal from the left doorway, I'd removed the snow and ice layer. But I guess I didn't get enough dry coal, or too much damp/wet coal. After I had the door hung and working, I heard the AA fire up, and thought to myself, man, is that ever quiet !! It dawned on me that I didn't hear the 'tinkling' of the coal coming up the auger..
Sure enough, there was enough moisture in the buckets of coal I added to the hopper, to dampen the fines and make a mud-plug at the entrance to the auger. And of course this is now under 800# of coal.
I removed the plate at the top of the auger, the inspection plate on the 'transfer head' and using a long piece of steel rebar, stirred up the fines and the entrance end of the auger and it started pulling up the coal, there was a handful, just about a softball size bunch of damp fines and coal pieces. just enough to stop the gravity flow of coal into the auger.
I'll have to pay attention to the boiler more than normal for a day or two. Just to make sure the auger keeps feeding till the damp coal has dried.
Next spring or summer, I'll give the building a coat of paint and add some more 'cross bucks' to the doors to make them more decorative. The building is a bit of an eyesore right now, but it's full of black gold..
The ashpan was not very full after all, only about 1/3 or 1/2 full, after 4 days. Not too bad, Ya gotta love that UAE coal.
It's supposed to get a lot colder next week, two nights are forcast to be in the mid teens.. I guess winter is here.
Hope everyone had a good Saturday.