Nice Pclfal! Another guy with the studs on the inside Also, I like the shrubbery, with the path running down the middle... (a path a path) sorry, my monte python is kicking in. but that really does look good.
I am a newbie to coal heating and am trying to get this worked out before winter sets in in Central NY. Our old oil furnace is dead and the cost of fuel oil is more than I i ever want to pay after last winter. So we are going to take a first step and try using primarily a coal stove - we have a small ranch (approx. 1300 sq. ft. footprint - main floor and unfinished basement)
Since we are in "crunch time" - I am looking for tips on building a coal storage bin in the basement - we have gone back and forth with the idea of getting bulk which is obviouosly cheaper than bagged - but bagged may be our only option if we can't get a storage bin built fairly quickly
So - I was going to make it 4' x 8' x 4' ht (to hold approx. 3 tons of rice coal - I was going to put it in one corner of our basement - which means 2 sides would be concrete block exterior walls. What type of construction should I use for the rest? 2x4's and plywood? I can te the top into the floor joists above but will I need to secure it to the concrete basement floor? and what is the best way to do that? metal angles? What is the purpose of the "door"openings I have seen in some of the pics - is it for access as the coal level drops?
I would really appreciate any help you could offer me
I would get pressure treated 2x4 for the floor sil that is 8x4 in a L shape. Then use regular 2x4 lumber for your studs up to the floor joists. You should be able to toe-nail the studs to the sil and joists. You can use 1/2 inch or thicker of the cheapest plywood you can get. I used that exterior sheathing stuff, and it worked out fine. The opening in mine is a gillateen style I think its called.. and yes as the coal gets lower you remove the boards so you can shovel. see pic of bin on page 19 for reference.