How DoYou Build CoalBin

Hello,
In my basement: How do you construct a coal bin for about 3 tons of coal? Would 5'x10' and 4' high be largre enough? How would you construct the "door/trap" from where i would be shoveling the coal?- of course i want to shovel from the smooth, basement floor.
Who from the Corry/Erie, pa, area delivers coal?
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Harry wrote:

Stoutly??? :)

Bituminous coal has a bulk density somewhere in the range of 50 lb/cu-ft so 6000 lb/50 lb/cu-ft --> 120 cu-ft. The volume would be adequate.

potentially explosive/combustible, the burning of it is also dirty in both soot/smoke and corrosive gases, etc., etc., etc.
During a period when I was working for a manufacturer of online ash analyzers at mines and prep plants my junior-high-age daughter did a science project on various coals, measuring caloric content and so on of small samples I brought home from various mines. We set up the apparatus in the driveway in front of the house and w/o thinking left the garage door open. From no more than a dozen test firings of a few ounces each, the smoke caused rusting of every unpainted surface in the garage--table saw/jointer/planer tables, drill press column, etc. These were E KY, and W WVA moderately high-sulfur bituminous coals--probably not too much different than what you'll get from local coals there. I personally, would leave the coal to the power stations and other large boilers that have the facilities to handle and burn it.
50 years after the coal-furnace was removed from the house there was _still_ coal dust around when the folks remodeled and finally covered all the walls and floors. The house was initially built w/ an enclosed room w/ poured concrete walls and a metal-clad door and ceiling as the "coal room" and a delivery chute through a small window. It had been emptied by the time I recall and I don't know how it was dispensed--I think simply w/ a bucket and small shovel to the boiler--it doesn't take a tremendous volume for a household boiler--it's not like firing a locomotive.

No idea, but I'd think Yellow Pages would be a start.
What do you have to burn it in, first?
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Why let it fall all the way to the floor only to shovel it up again? Why not design it so that it's held above floor level by some kind of door eg so when you open the door the coal falls into your bucket (or whatever you were going to shovel it into). Have gravity do the work for you.
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