georgedj wrote:So what is the recommended distance from the stove to build a coal bin
As far as you feel like carrying it on a bitterly cold January night while you are in the middle of a blizzard. Because that is when you will run out and have to go to the bin to get some more to get you through the storm !!!!
Seriously it is a matter of preference, location, ease of delivery, etc. My Dad has his 4 ton bin about 100 yards from his house. That is where it is easy for the truck to fill it and it is somewhat protected by being alongside the barn. He can fill his little cart from there and wheel the cart down to the enclosed back porch. His cart holds about a weeks worth of burning.
My rice outdoor 6 ton bin is about 10 yards from my garage. I use a wheelbarrow to fill a barrel in the garage and it lasts me close to a week depending on outside temps and wind.
Some people have bins in their basement. Some in garages, the possibilities are endless.