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Grain bin for bulk salt storage?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by plowfever, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Guys do you think a grain bin would work for putting bulk ice melt/salt in? I have a set up at my house that I can use the bin back my truck in the barn and load from overhead from the bin. I thought this would be a sweet set up if it would work. I just hate to put 20 tons in there and find out that it wouldn't work. I can store in the barn on the concrete but then I would need a loader or something here to put it in my truck. I just figured this would save me some dough and be a perfect set up as the auger would break up all the chunks. Let me know what you think.
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    I can say without a doubt that the salt will not come out of left there for any lenghth of time. In a perfect world where the salt is completely dry it work but I wouldn't even try it. Plus the abuse your leg is going to take filling it I just don't see the sence. We have out own elevator so I know exactly what your talking about.

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    I agree, I dont see that working out.
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I like your thinking but have to agree with Dave.
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Not to mention how fast it the metal will rust out.
  6. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    not a bad idea in theory, but would cause a lot of problems.
  7. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    There's a guy here in town that does just what you're describing for some of his salt. I wouldn't worry about corrosion any more than you do for fertilizers, which are at least as corrosive as road salt.

    Try it and see with a small load, not too much to lose, and if it works well, will be the cat's meow.
  8. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    I thought it would be to good to be true. I was trying to figure out a way to load up without having to haul my loader home or buy another one.