mdrelyea wrote:This is the best coal bin I've ever seen!
What was the reason for not putting a pitch (43*?) on the floor of the bin so that you don't have to hop in when it's getting low? Clearly you put a lot of thought in to this so you probably had a reason.
Hi, Thanks for looking at my post. First I would like to thank everyone for all the nice comments on my coal bin. You asked “What was the reason for not putting a pitch (43*?) on the floor”. Everyone told me I would need 3 to 4 tons of coal. I think I felt that aesthetically a 4x4x12’ coal bin would look the best. I ran the math and given ~42 cu.ft/ton, it would hold 5 tons, perfect. I thought of angled floor but If I was to put those two 45 deg pitches on the bottom I would lose over one ton of capacity. Also, there was a height limitation because of the height limitations of the truck (he said 10’ max). And, it had to be so high off the ground, given that the bin is 2’ away from the house, the auger had to be 3’ off the ground so that I could obtain the 45 deg angle needed to slide into the top of the hopper of the stove. So, to stay with my initial dimensions I decided to go with the flat floor. I thought that I was still ahead of the game if all I have to do is hop in there for a few minutes sometime in the spring. Given that I use about 2 buckets of coal a day and empty one ash pan every other day I figure I knocked off 80% of the work. I hope that answered your question. Thanks again everyone.