There was a thread a while ago concerning cast iron coal bin doors. I found a supplier in Wilkes-Barre. They are side hinged like a chimney cleanout. They range in size from 8" X 16" (either cast aluminum or cast iron) to 16" X 22" (cast iron only). He has them in stock. If anyone is interested PM me and I'll give you the company's name.
Standard width of a coal truck chute is the width of a cement block, so its not too small. The only thing I don't like about those doors are that the hinge's have a tendency to break easy. Those look pretty beefy though, some of them are pretty small.
And they have trucks that have a chute that would fit right up against the door to feed to coal straight inside the house? That's cool, seems like it would save a lot of work for you. Is this something were the truck would have to be straight up to the door or could they fill it on an angle?
My coal is coming Tuesday. The guy I ordered it from was a little hesitant about being able to put it in because the door is 6' above ground. He asked a couple of times if I could lower the door. He said he's going to try with the door where it is. I hope he can get it in the bin. I'll post the results, if I put the door to high maybe it'll help the next guy from making the same mistake. Dam I hate the thoughts of having to bust out block from a new wall. Oh well, we'll see.
Maybe raising the ground in front of the door would be easier? Drop a big load of fill or gravel and smooth it out so it's high enough for the door. Would beat knocking out more cinder blocks and easier for your back.
I am putting a new EFM dual fuel in my basement and have the window thru which my oil pipe stuck out. I want to replace the window with a coal door. The opening is 24x16. I'm interested to know the name of the store in Wilkes Barre that has the cast iron doors mentioned is this thread ages ago. Thanks!