tcalo wrote:So after much trial and error I believe I came up with something that works quite well for screening my coal. The pail with the screen in it worked good and left me with nice size pieces suitable for my stove. However it was quite dusty and left me with a huge amount of leftover smaller coal. I felt it was a waste to just toss it since I did pay for it. It was also a bit of a pita to shake. Not to mention it left me with a nose full of coal dust as well!!!
So with a stack of extra plywood at my job I got to work. I used 3/4" finished plywood and basically built a long box open on one end. I attached 2 handles across the top for easy handling. I decided to use 1/2" mesh screen which screens out all the unusable coal, basically leaving behind pebbles and dust. I incorporated an access panel in the back to dump the fines. I load the box with a few shovel loads of coal and dump it into my hod. I pull the access panel out and dump the fines into my ash pail. Simple as that!!! My hands stay a lot cleaner and it's not as dusty. I would rather screen out some of the smaller stuff, but I was just getting way too much of it.
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Brilliantly simple design, Tom. And well built, too.
If I didn't have coal heat and was in need of wearing a hat indoors,.... I'd give it a tip to your skills !