# size of a 1 ton coal bin

### size of a 1 ton coal bin

Hello can anyone help me on the size of a 1 ton coal bin thanks.
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### Re: Im new to useing coal

4 x 8 x 2 = 64 Cubic FT Approx. 1.6 tons
4 x 8 x 3 = 96 Cubic FT Approx. 2.4 tons
4 x 8 x 4 = 128 Cubic FT Approx. 3.2 tons
4 x 8 x 5 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
4 x 8 x 6 = 192 Cubic FT Approx. 4.8 tons
5 x 8 x 2 = 80 Cubic FT Approx. 2 tons
5 x 8 x 3 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
5 x 8 x 4 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
5 x 8 x 5 = 200 Cubic FT Approx. 5 tons
5 x 8 x 6 = 240 Cubic FT Approx. 6 tons
4 x 10 x 2 = 80 Cubic FT Approx. 2 tons
4 x 10 x 3 = 120 Cubic FT Approx. 3 tons
4 x 10 x 4 = 160 Cubic FT Approx. 4 tons
4 x 10 x 5 = 200 Cubic FT Approx. 5 tons

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### Re: Im new to useing coal

Roughly 40 cubic feet per ton. This varies a little, but it is pretty close..

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### Re: Im new to useing coal

spc wrote:4 x 8 x 4 = 128 Cubic FT Approx. 3.2 tons

Genrally this size is easiest to build because that's the size plywood is.

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

When determining the size keep in mind most Coal delivery guys now have a 2 Ton min. and it is good to have some extra room for mixing and separating batches.

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

Just want to thank you all for the info.
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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

How rugged does the bin have to be? If I build on a concrete base, and bolt the bottom wall plates into the concrete, will 2" x 4" framed walls with half-inch plywood be adequate for 4' x 8' bin 4 feet high? Or will the walls bulge out when it is filled?
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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

If framed like the wall of a house, with top and bottom plate with studs on 2' centers and sheethed in 1/2" plywood you will have enough strength to keep the walls from bulging or bursting. Be sure to put the plywood on the inside of the wall, not on the outside. Otherwise the weight may push the plywood off the framework. Also you will need to keep the walls from spreading apart. I plan to build a bin on my concrete slab garage floor, but do not wish to drill anchor holes in the floor. I will run 2X4s from one side to the other at four foot intervals at floor level and across the top. I am planning to use 4X4 uprights every four feet (instead of 2X4 studs every two feet), and make them 6 feet high so I can run a cross-brace from one side to the other, and be able to walk under it. My bin will be 4' wide, 4' high sides, and 12' long. I think that any bin of this width and height, longer than 4' will need to be tied together side to side, top and bottom.

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

IN the top of this forum, there is a link for Coal Bin Photos, you can get ideas form the members of all the different sorts of bins we have all come up with. anything from 1 ton to 20 ton areas to store coal.

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

Thanks for the ideas, Grizzly. I'd also prefer not to drill into the concrete slab, so I'll follow your suggestion for cross ties. I wanted to use the cross ties at the top anyway, but thought it would be very inconvenient to be ducking under them all the time. DUH! It never occurred to me to just make the uprights six feet long so I wouldn't be bumping my head. I guess it's obvious that carpentry and thinking are not my strong suits.
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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

Any thoughts of a cheap bin mad of pallets?

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

submarines wrote:Any thoughts of a cheap bin mad of pallets?

I don't see why it wouldn't work.
Back in 1984 a friends father built a barn out of pallets that he got for free from where he worked. They were the solid pallets.
I just ran into my friends father about a month ago and I asked him if the pallet barn was still standing. He said it is still there and in pretty good shape.

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

I'm preparing to make a coal bin or "pair of coal bins" from 275 gallon oil tanks. I've got one tank so far ... free. I'm going to cut a rectangular panel from the ends of the tanks and a hole in the top for filling. I'll have to make some removable sectional door panels for the front. I'll get some pix up, when I get into the project. Each tank, should hold a ton of coal.

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Thanks!

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### Re: size of a 1 ton coal bin

Well, I have finally gotten started on the coal bin I mentioned above. I am going 5' high with the sides and only 10' long to save floor space. I will use band iron for the bottom cross bracing if I can get some free or cheap. that way it will lay flat so I don't have to step over it. Also make shoveling the last of the coal up easier. My coal dealer uses a grain wagon with a little trap door near the bottom that slides up and down and is activated with a leaver, to dispense coal at a controlled rate so he can fill bags. He said I could get one at any farm store for about \$20. Our local farm store only carries a big version of that for \$40. Does anybody know where I can find one on-line? I have searched with no success.

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