I also use gravity wagons for storing and dispensing coal. I completely agree with Greg about the covering part and would also add the following:
- a loose piece of sheet metal (e.g., 2' x 3') can make an effective funnel when one end is placed in a round container. Even if you remove the normal chute altogether, you can put your container under the opening and "catch " the flow with the funnel. I've used 10-gallon galvanized can (filling hoppers with a grain scoop to minimize dust), but it seems like it should also work with a 5-gallon pail.
- alternatively, a 1-bushel galvanized container (available at Tractor Supply) has a wider opening than a 5-gallon pail and can be used with some chutes. It has a low profile, and may be helpful when the chute is close to the ground.
- if you've got a lot of coal in the wagon, a lot of weight gets concentrated on the 4 wheels. I put blocks under where the wheels sit, and even they get driven into the ground. I'd try to stay away from moving loaded wagons in the yard during mud season, etc.
- if you get a used one from a farm, check the tires carefully. Tires that are suitable for farm use may not be up to the requirements of road movement or long-term storage of heavy loads of coal (I've squeezed the air out of a few!).
LsFarm wrote:Hello Bud, I use a gravity wagon for storing, moving and dispensing coal. The chute on mine is too wide for a five gallon bucket, I use the front bucket of my front-loader tractor to catch the coal and from the tractor to my hopper with five gallon buckets.
The gravity wagon needs a few boards across the top and a tarp to keep the rain and snow off of the coal.. a redesigned chute would make it usable with a five gallon bucket.