coal silo

Re: coal silo

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:28 am

Not sure this is an issue but grain dust has been know to explode. I'd just be careful storing that much coal in a confined space. Make sure it's dry but also ventilated well.
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:35 am

Once upon a time I stored and dispensed TL deliveries using gravity wagons. They work well; need a "roof" to keep the coal dry.

I never used an auger with one but IIRC Tractor Supply sells a (cheap) hopper that mounts outside the door on the chute, and functions as an adaptor for an auger. The wagon door still controls the flow; should be basically 0 spillage.

Mike
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:24 pm

Phil May wrote:I am thinking about building a silo to hold a tt load. I was going to buy a hopper bottom feed bin. Problem #1 they are rated 40lb/cubic ft and the coal i have been getting is 50lb/cu ft. This coal stuff is like cocain. I have access to a couple old feul tanks gears are grinding now. What ever I come up with is going to be outside. I plan to get the coal in summer so the water can drain out all summer so it wont freeze up.

He is looking for a silo to hold a semi -trailer load,that much will not fit on 1 or 2 gravity bins, he wants it to be outside storage,gravity bins need a roof .His idea of a BIG fuel tank standing on end will work,he just has to create the right bottom outlet for it . A gravity bin might work for his inside bin.The above quote is from the original poster & it is his first post about this issue.
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:45 pm

A smaller diameter grain bin will probably be fairly reasonable to purchase as most uses demand a big bin,sounds like a good way to go,just have to work out the bottom & the discharge method.
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:17 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:
Phil May wrote:I am thinking about building a silo to hold a tt load. I was going to buy a hopper bottom feed bin. Problem #1 they are rated 40lb/cubic ft and the coal i have been getting is 50lb/cu ft. This coal stuff is like cocain. I have access to a couple old feul tanks gears are grinding now. What ever I come up with is going to be outside. I plan to get the coal in summer so the water can drain out all summer so it wont freeze up.

He is looking for a silo to hold a semi -trailer load,that much will not fit on 1 or 2 gravity bins, he wants it to be outside storage,gravity bins need a roof .His idea of a BIG fuel tank standing on end will work,he just has to create the right bottom outlet for it . A gravity bin might work for his inside bin.The above quote is from the original poster & it is his first post about this issue.


I saw that and I was responding to and extending the discussion in posts preceding mine. I considered a silo before settling on gravity wagons to hold TL deliveries. The ones I had held 5-8 tons each; it doesn't take a lot of them to hold a TL, and they're pretty handy.

Mike
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:33 pm

Scottscoaled wrote:Phil! You are way too funny!!! Hey not everyone has that kind of stuff :lol: How come you don't just park the dump truck over the auger. LMAO


I'd have to get a second wife !
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: Phil May On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:49 pm

Scott cause I need the truck to haul all my money to the bank. I don't think I would ever consider a second wife. This old boy might learn slow but I still learn. You cant belive how fast coal freezes in the dump truck or trailer in winter. I am here to tell ya its a pain in the you know what to hammer frozen material out of a dump.
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:54 pm

Phil May wrote:Scott cause I need the truck to haul all my money to the bank. I don't think I would ever consider a second wife. This old boy might learn slow but I still learn. You cant belive how fast coal freezes in the dump truck or trailer in winter. I am here to tell ya its a pain in the you know what to hammer frozen material out of a dump.

Ain't fun digging it out of a pickup either. BTDT once...........hope I never go through that again.
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:09 pm

If ya picked it up in the summer, it doesn't freeze in the dump. :)
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:47 am

If you are looking for used tanks that could be converted into a silo, you may want to check with these guys.......

I hope this link works. It should be direct to their used tanks:

http://stores.ebay.com/Moses-B-Glick-LL ... 34.c0.m322


When I go to visit them, I'm like a kid in a candy store. They got so much chit there, you almost have to spend a day or 2 just to see what's there. But they do have all kinds of stuff. At least at the Fleetwood, PA location. I had to buy some paint storage cabinets a few years ago, they had tons of them to choose from.




Rick
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Re: coal silo

PostBy: Phil May On: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:17 pm

Thats the plan Scott. Let it drain all summer and fall. The new truck is legal with 25 ton in Pa. I am going to get a bin that will hold 1000cuft plus with the inside bin another 6-7 ton I should be able to make it 2-years.
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