JerseyCoal wrote:Hi Wood:
When I had an outside coal bin, I used to fill up a buch of empty spackling compound buckets (about a week's worth of coal) on a nice day and keep them in the garage. No cold, no wet weather. If you're running a stoker in the basement, you might want to have them all lined up next to the hopper. Just a thought.
I have a Harman Mk I on the first floor. Last year I stored the coal outside, the stove is near a door. I had a ton at a time in a old shed I use for firewood, and would bring down cart loads to the house with my tractor. Towards the end of last season I was keeping bagged coal in the cellar, it is easier to get to, esp. after a heavy snow and I had trouble getting up the hill to the shed, even with tire chains on the tractor.
I built a temporary chute out of scrap wood and emptied the bags down it into the bin. Last year I burned 2 1/2 ton, so I expect to use at least that much this year.