Claridon wrote:This will be my first year burning coal so things are certainly subject to change.
Right now my plan is this: I've purchased 6 tons of bagged coal and have it stored, undercover, in various locations around the house and shop. The coal I will work out of will be stored in the garage. I've installed a wall mounted pine box on the garage wall and run a PVC pipe out of the bottom, down thru the rim joist and into the basement.
In the basement, the pipe terminates at the top of a wooden box that contains a 5 gallon plastic bucket. This box is located a few steps from my furnace.
When I need coal, I cut open a bag, dump it in the box, then walk down the steps, pull the filled bucket out and dump it in the hopper. I don't plan to store it in the basement because I don't want to carry 60 bags down the steps everytime I get a skid of coal, and I no longer have and kids at home to help me "chute" it through a basement window so I decided not to go that way.
Anyhow, here are a couple of photos:
DavidL wrote:I was going to do the same thing, but with a larger pipe to allow chestnut to flow through. I plan on filling a 55 gallon drum with wheels attached, so I can roll it over to the furnace.
traderfjp wrote:You have to keep the lid on the hopper at all times.
No need to keep the lid on. We have the lid to prevent coal dust from flying around. It's your preference to go topless.
Adamiscold wrote:Hey Richard do you think a setup like that would be safe going into the back hopper of a Pioneer LE top vent stove? Would it be to hot for the PVC pipe? Maybe create a hoody for it to keep any dust from flying around?