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Store salt outside on concrete pad?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by bcbrouwer, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. bcbrouwer

    bcbrouwer Member
    Messages: 45

    I have a 30x30' flat concrete pad, and just wondering if anyone has stored salt under a tarp on a concrete surface. I was thinking of buying stackable concrete blocks to make a salt bunker and cover with a tarp, but to me this will do the same thing. I have a tractor to load salt, so pushing the pile around is not a big concern. I realize to have a roof over it is best, but will this still work without turning the salt hard and clumpy on the bottom? Thanks

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,415

    do it. Works fine. Gotta start somewhere.
    Just keep the water away.
  3. We have one pile on a concrete pad and we sealed it with three coats of thompsons
  4. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    lots of guys do it. around here i see a lot of guys just dump it on the parking lot and tarp it, having the concrete block walls is nice though. You dont have to buy into all the b.s. on here about needing a 20k salt storage shed. every way works, some better than others, but if you lose 100 dollars worth of salt, thats a lot of salt you can lose before you build a building.
  5. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    I stored like that for years.First on my parents patio! then on top of a layer of sand at my yard.then paved it .Never a big problem.Took a little effort to pull back tarp with the weight of snow. on it. Got some frozen lumps along bottom edges in super cold temps.I would move out of way with skidsteer and break them up later.I'd spread them out and run my skid or dump over them.Lot cheaper than spending 125$ ton verses 68$ ton and having 24 hr availability.
  6. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    yup, and a tip, use a leaf blower to blow the snow off of your tarp. makes life much easier at 4 am in the cold.
  7. bcbrouwer

    bcbrouwer Member
    Messages: 45

    thanks guys, it should work ok then for me. appreciate the feedback
  8. JT SNOW

    JT SNOW Member
    Messages: 74

    Make sure the salt is not Hungry......Hungry Salt eats Concrete......:eek:.......:nod:
  9. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    You will be fine without the blocks and just a tarp....but in the long term, invest now in the "mafia blocks" (concrete blocks)...you will be happy you did. It will save material, save time, allow you to stack more material in a smaller space....basically make life much easier and more profitable in the long term....especially since its "your property".

    BTW, be carefull who you take advice from here....theres alot of kids on here trying to portray themselves as businessmen. Good luck!

    uh oh....I see you got your fishing pole out
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    No blocks will be better because you can shovel around the entire pile to remove the tarp. We stored salt that way for over 20 years until we got a Coverall.
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    That would suck.
  12. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    This year im renting a 40' sea container, $90 a month, I tarped it last year, but like others said, pulling off the cover with 4" is a pain
  13. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    You can buy those containers relatively cheap. Check out websites like machinery trader and auctiontime. They pop up on there every so often.