Chutes To Fill Coal Bin

Chutes To Fill Coal Bin

PostBy: chabbo On: Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:40 pm

To all:

I am thinking about building a coal bin in my cellar next to my EFM to be installed boiler and have the auger feed from that bin. No one in my area sells bulk coal to chute it into my proposed bin thru a cellar window. Looks like I will have to fill 5 gallon buckets and chute it in myself. I am looking for something to use as a chute, nothing more than two feet long on either side of the window since the proposed bin is directly underneath the cellar window. Any ideas? If I build a chute myself, any ideas on its design?


Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: Chutes To Fill Coal Bin

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:13 pm

I cut a bunch of poly 55 gallon drums into thirds lengthwise and built a small rack to hold them from 2 X 4s, it worked great. I wanted to move it as far as I could and calculated the angle by dumping coal on one piece and got it to run at about 35*. Then when I used it, I wet the coal to keep the dust down (I had NO dust). Well the wet coal gets a little sticky on the poly and needed an assist now and again, I would go with a minimum of 40*. It was only the first truckload that I needed to get that far over, the others flowed like water after that as I tipped it to a higher angle.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Chutes To Fill Coal Bin

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:34 pm

Anything slippery, a simple idea is piece of plywood about 2 feet across with some heavy vinyl sheeting glued to it, nail som furring strips to the side. They don't have to be high and toy want to keep the height to minimum so you you can get the maximum angle going into the window. The reason for gluing it is dimples and other obstructions will stop the flow. you'll need about 40 to 45 dregree angle for rice.

You'll have to move it to etiher side once it builds up against the chute. To get any type distance into a basement you need a high lift truck.
Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite