coal storage

coal storage

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:41 pm

I'm about to restock my supply of coal for the winter, (pea coal in bags), and am at a loss for storage. Most of any available space has been utilized around my domain, (not like anyone else here has this problem ;) ) and will probably need space for approx 2 ton. I was thinking about just putting it against the outside back wall of my garage, and throwing a tarp over it. I can store maybe 10 bags at a time in my sunroom, and not sure how much I'll enjoy digging through the snow to uncover bags, as it's used up. i hear people here saying that moisture from outside isn't a factor.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: coalkirk On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:16 pm

Freezing coal might be the problem. If the bagged coal is wet it will freeze together into a 50 pound lump. But if its dry and you keep it tarped should be fine.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: titleist1 On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:04 pm

If the bags hold wet coal and it gets cold enough it will freeze like CK says.

You mentioned having about 10 bags in the sunroom at a time. If it is warm enough in there they would be able to thaw if you rotated the bags to the stove for use. One caution is that if they are wet while in the sunroom and the water finds its way out of the bag it will make a nice black stain where ever the water goes.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:12 pm

Good point. I'll have to put some protection down, even tho the floors aren't that great. thanx for the tips men.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:21 pm

it's a shame your so far away, there is a good deal going on plastic totes that have metal cage around them for $50.... here is what they look like http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt ... CFcQ9QEwAQ
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:35 pm

That thing looks like a good dog house for "wiz". (If that's the name of your Shep.) Yeah,I should keep my eyes open for something like that. Clever idea.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:40 pm

joeq wrote:That thing looks like a good dog house for "wiz". (If that's the name of your Shep.) Yeah,I should keep my eyes open for something like that. Clever idea.


Nope Shepard was Jasmine, she passed away 3 weeks ago. :( On totes I had 2 to store corn in for bio burner, work out good.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: dcrane On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:44 pm

Not that this helps you... but ima throw it out their anyways... I have a couple bins around my exterior chimney (which happens to be under the farmers porch also), makes it easy to access and never freezes on me. Im not sure if you can utilize some area along an exterior wall, chimney, etc. that you can get to easy in a snowstorm?
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: joeq On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:18 pm

By Chimney, I'm assuming you're talking red brick. I wish I had that in my home, but unfortunately...no. No fireplace, furnace chimney centrally located, and coal stove chimney through an exterior wall, but nothing more than Metalbestous. Glad you've got that option tho. :)
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:36 pm

Wiz wrote:Nope Shepard was Jasmine, she passed away 3 weeks ago. :( On totes I had 2 to store corn in for bio burner, work out good.


Sorry to hear about Jasmine, she looked like a good pup, probably friendly as hell, but when needed could pull the muscle out to protect the home front.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: Wiz On: Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:10 am

2001Sierra wrote:
Wiz wrote:Nope Shepard was Jasmine, she passed away 3 weeks ago. :( On totes I had 2 to store corn in for bio burner, work out good.


Sorry to hear about Jasmine, she looked like a good pup, probably friendly as hell, but when needed could pull the muscle out to protect the home front.




Thank you!!! Jasmine was a man's best friend, very loyal dog. ''Jaz'' was given to kids and me for a new beginning when I got divorce. I married the woman who got her for us. Thanks for kind words. Randy
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: EasyRay On: Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:30 am

This is where I keep my supply... Right outside my back door. ;) 173 bags.
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: joeq On: Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:15 pm

Looks like that'll be me this winter Ray. Until I can fab up some shelter somewhere in the future. So the moisture isn't a problem for you?
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: EasyRay On: Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:32 am

joeq wrote:Looks like that'll be me this winter Ray. Until I can fab up some shelter somewhere in the future. So the moisture isn't a problem for you?


It all sits on pallets and I don't have any problem with moisture. Even though it was all washed when it was bagged most of it is very dry when I go to use it. The bottom bags usually have some leftover moisture but if they do freeze in spots inside the bag they just come apart when dumping it into a bucket.

I never bought loose coal and have been doing it this way since the 70's. I think these plastic bags are the best. At one time I used to get them from a different supplier, in a 50 lb burlap type bag and they were very dusty and could easily collect water and freeze the whole bag. Those I had to cover real good.

I think you'll be fine with these bags. :)
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Re: coal storage

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:51 pm

EasyRay wrote:This is where I keep my supply... Right outside my back door. ;) 173 bags.


I was going to post a picture of my coal storage but Ray's looks identical to my coal storage. Mine is right outside my back door so retrieving it during the winter is not a problem. If I had a compliant, I'd complain that this location is along the house edge of my deck and the coal detracts from the natural ambience of our wooded lot. :roll: I'll worry about that when it's time to sell the house. In the meantime, every time I see the stacked coal, I know that my family will be warm come what may. I'll never had any problems with wet coal. Take care, Lisa
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