Coal Delivery via High Lift and Bin Placement
From NEPA Crossroads Knowledge Base
The very first thing that should be considered when switching to coal is where are you going to place the bin or storage area for your coal. This is the one constant you will have after installation of your new stove or boiler. A little bit of planning ahead of time can save you or someone else a lot of work.
If you going to get delivery of coal via high lift there are some things to consider that can make the the life of the delivery guy a whole lot easier. Granted these suggestions may not apply to everyone because of there particular circumstances but there's no reason to make it harder either. Delivering coal is not rocket science but most consumers are simply not aware of what is capable when employing a high lift truck and inevitably things they do to "help" the delivery person may in fact make their job harder. If you can meet all the following suggestions, have adequate room and have a competent delivery person it can take literally minutes to deliver even a full load.
- Close access to the window or bin.
- No obstructions above the truck.
- The edge of the bin is as high as possible.
- A large window or opening.
A high lift truck is giant tool, coal can be chuted from practically any angle including a 90 degree angle off the back of the truck. The closer the back end of the truck is to the window or bin the more angle that will allow for chute which can give you more speed on the coal. The faster the coal can go the easier the job gets in some cases as will be explained shortly. Your coal delivery person will have more than enough chute to reach the maximum distance they can chute the coal. The maximum distance varies according to coal size, cleanliness of the coal, temperature, height of the window or bin and other factors. Going in a straight line off the back of the truck to ground level window this distance will be about 25 feet in most cases.
When placing your bin you also need to consider overhead obstructions. The farther the distance from the truck to the bin or window the higher the operator of the truck needs to go with the lift. Electric wires or larger limbs from trees can be an obstruction. Keep that in mind when you decide where to put the bin.
The walls of your bin whether inside or outside should be as high as possible. The higher the better but the opening for ground level bin such as one outside should not exceed 6 foot and only if the the truck can back right up to it. Again there is lot of things to consider.
Windows or openings should be as large as possible with no obstructions. A simple opening is all that is needed. Adding a chute or anything else is not necessary and in a lot of cases can hinder delivery. Getting back to the speed on the coal this allows the coal delivery person the option of laying a chute flat and chuting the coal into the back of a bin. With enough angle on the chute typically coal can be filled to the rafters without ever touching a shovel. That is not possible if you're homemade chute is in the way.
Lastly if you have a cinder block or smaller opening for your bin angle the blocks on the inside of the bin on both the left, right and bottom of the opening. This will allow the delivery person to move the chute to different angles greatly increasing the amount of coal that can be placed in a bin without shoveling.