Self-Bagging Coal

Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: njbill On: Mon. Jun. 23, 2008 8:24 pm

What is the best way to bag your own coal? I found 14" x 24" sandbags at" class="postlink">"> for $0.25/bag (polypropolene) and $0.39/bag (burlap). There is another site [url] with similar pricing, but they don't describe their product at all (no sizing, material, etc.).

To fill them, I was thinking about building a rack to hang 3 bags at a clip and funnel it into the bags from a trough. I'm sure someone out there has scratched their head on this already.

Any idea how many pounds of rice coal fit in a 14" x 24" bag?
Burlap or polypropolene with drawstring?

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Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: PaMike On: Mon. Jun. 23, 2008 9:00 pm

I have a bunch of 50 and 100 lb feedbags that would work. Free if your in the lancaster county area. We bagged grain by making a wood chute on legs. Hung the bag on two nails at the end, and shoveled away...

Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Mon. Jun. 23, 2008 9:49 pm

The 18" x 33"work much better. They give you a little more space to handle the coal and easier to tie. :) Scott
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Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon. Jun. 23, 2008 10:50 pm

Take a five gallon bucket, and cut the bottom out of it. use this as a funnel.. pull the grain bag or woven poly bag over the open end, set the bucket on the ground.. use a shovel or another bucket to fill the 'funnel' bucket.. hold the bag and funnel and lift,, the coal fills the bag,, set the funnel on the partially filled bag, fill the 'funnel' again.. hold and lift,, the bag has about 50-60# in it.. tie off the bag and NEXT..

Works fast, I have used horse and other animal feed bags from local horse farms.. free..

Greg L

Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
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Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue. Jun. 24, 2008 2:53 am

Greg's buck-o-matic, patent pending. :D

Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue. Jun. 24, 2008 9:17 am

RICHARD,, :mad: That implies that I'm selling my 'pattented' Bag-O-Matic !! I'm like Bill Gates [yeah, right] I have to GIVE away some things and ideas to keep the IRS happy.... you know, sort of like Pro-Bono services from Lawyers.. [damn, I can't believe I said that !].. :lol: :lol: :D :)

I forgot that you made up that 'advertisement'.. :lol:

Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: Yanche On: Tue. Jun. 24, 2008 4:51 pm

Tried to order but the 1-800 number doesn't work. I guess it's one digit too many. :-)
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Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: Highlander On: Tue. Jun. 24, 2008 4:54 pm

I bought some bags from E sandbags last year. They are a bit small and will only hold about 30# of rice coal. They are made in China with a white poly weave material. Even though they are rated for over 1000 hours of UV exposure, my filled bags started deteriorating rapidly in the sun within a month of filling them. Picking them up would cause a seam to split and there would be coal spilled everywhere.

They are fine if you protect them from the sun. A 5 gallon bucket is too big to fill these bags also.

Hope this helps
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Re: Self-Bagging Coal

PostBy: efo141 On: Wed. Jun. 25, 2008 6:19 pm

Try stove pipe. I pick up bagged damp sand 25 tons, in brooklyn NY. These poor guys bag sand by hand outside all day. I never looked close but it looks like stove pipe. They scoop into the pile fill the pipe then pull the pipe. You would not believe how fast they can bag a pallet of sand.
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