Richard S. wrote:Sunny Boy wrote:Another reason for not ordering last year, it's been seven years since I've seen the bottom of the bin. Thought it's time to run the bin level down to clean out any fines buildup.
If you can try and work your way to one side of the bin, alternate which side every year.
Yes, . . . if I could. In hind site. I should have made the bin wider and not as tall. Then I could do as you recommend. With the way I built it - a tall, narrow-ish bin centered on the window - the coal shute ends over the middle of the bin and that's where almost all the fines where - right smack in the middle of the bin !
Or, as I've seen recommended after I built it, build two bins, side-by-side, on either side of the window, with a diverter panel at the window to fill one bin, or the other. Then I could run a bin empty and clean the fines out, while I work off the other bin.
The good news was that after 7 years, there was no where near the amount of fines I expected to see. My dealer does a better job of washing the coal then I thought.