Help on building a coal chute

Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Nosstech On: Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:42 pm

After paying 3k + last winder for oil, I have switched to coal.
I need to build a coal chute so I can have coal delivered (My access window is under my porch). What is the width I would need and what type of material (Wood, metal etc.) should I construct it out of. I assume it should be made out of wood topped off with aluminum or another smooth metal. If you could send pics, that would be great.

Sorry if this is posted else where, the search feature did not return any useful results.
Nosstech
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Juanita

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: stokin-railroad On: Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:49 pm

some have posted different ideas on their version of coal chutes.plastic barrels cut into 1/3rd section!needs to be slippery for sure metal sheet would also work.someone will surely come by and direct you to the correct subject there are several people who posteed good ideas that worked for them.
stokin-railroad
 
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160k

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:52 pm

Are you getting it delivered from a regular coalman?

How wide is the porch?

Need more info and if you post pics I can tell you exactly what to do. For example If the porch is less than 6 foot wide, you have access under it, there is enough to get even few degrees of pitch on the chute from the edge of the porch to the window and you're getting it delivered by a coalman with a regular coal truck you don't have to do anything. ;) Specify the coal size too as that makes a difference.

The chute itself if you need one can be made of anything for support. you'll have to line it with something like aluminum, vinyl sheeting like the thickness of vinyl siding. If you use metal stick with aluminum or stainless. For your situation even some scrap siding will be ok because its not going to get the use.

Generally the best thing to do with a porch is cut a trap door where the window is and throw a carpet over it but that really depends on your situation. Like I said post a picture and I can provide better info.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite


Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Nosstech On: Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:07 pm

Richard,

The porch is 8 feet wide (from the siding to the railing) and I can access the foundation with ease. My digital camera is not working right. When it is, I will post pics.

I will be burning rice coal.

Is it safe for me to take out a cinder block from my foundation to make an access window?

How wide should I make my coal chute?
Nosstech
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Juanita

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:34 pm

Rice coal needs more pitch even with a coal truck I'd suggest cutting a trap door in the porch and throw a rug over it. Truthfully that may not be best alternative. Are you getting it delivered? Id the poirch high or ground level? A picture would really be the best thing.

You can safely cut a cinderblock out of a wall.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Nosstech On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:05 pm

Here is the area where I need to put the chute.

The porch is approx. 5 feet off the ground and wraps around the front and side of the house. There is a deck attached to the porch (you can see it on the left).

I also attached a photo of what it looks like beyond the ladder.
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Nosstech
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Juanita

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:12 pm

Are you getting it delivered via a coal truck or doing it yourself? Is there enough room so a truck can back up to that porch?
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Nosstech On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:20 pm

I am getting it delivered via truck.

There is enough room for the truck to pull along side and use the side chute to unload the coal (my deliverer said they have a side chute).
Nosstech
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Reading
Stove/Furnace Model: Juanita

Re: Help on building a coal chute

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:51 pm

This is what I would suggest. Cut a trap door in the porch. First remove one ciderblock as high on the basement wall as you can. I see the joists run perpendicular to the house. Centered on the cinderblock and one joist out cut the decking and the single joist below. Cut the hole 2 foot wide, with the one joist removed it will a 2 foot wide by 3 feet. Here's a simple drawing of what I mean:

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You will of course have to add support where cut the joist...


The coal man should be able to take it from there. That would actually be a very easy dump for me. Just put chute flat through the trap door to the hole in the wall and the regular chute from the truck on that one. I'm assuming the guy you have has a regular coal truck.
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite