Keepaeyeonit wrote:Thanks for the feedback.I scrapped the block idea and drew up a wood building that would hold 8 tons of nut but the cost of lumber is higher then I would like so I went looking at a idea I had sometime ago using a 250 bushel gravity box(should get almost 8 tons in it)I think If I fill it in the summer and oil the coal as I'm filling it it shouldn't freeze If I cover it to keep the water and snow out.
I found one on creigs list asking price is $750.00(box only no running gear)It's seems to be in good shape no rust or rot holes in the hopper so If I buy it I will put a good coat of paint inside and out,set it up a couple of feet so I can get 5 gal bucket under the shoot, I need some more feedback on my new Idea. Thanks
If you go this way, you will still need a foundation to set it on. You can pour piers for the gravity box to set on and then adjust with oak cribbing to get it to the height you want. I would not set it on blocks on the concrete I would move it off the concrete, dig the holes for the piers (below frost line) and than pour them up to ground level. So if you would have to move the gravity box out of there you could.
Have the inside of the box sandblasted and then paint it with Industrial two part Epoxy paint. Industrial epoxy paint is very slippery compared to Rustoleum type paints,
We have one gravity box here, painted with epoxy paint, that will flow ear corn out on its own, with out any assist from a rake or shovel. We are hoping to sandblast and paint the other box this summer.
As to the height under the chute, I would make it about a foot higher than a five gallon bucket, Than make a box to set the bucket on. Because the packed snow and ice will build up over and than you won't be able to fill the buckets from the chute.
A piece of rubber roofing over the top would seal out the weather. I have several pieces of rubber roofing that I use as tarps here and have had them for over 15 years.