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salt storage question

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by jblatti13, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. jblatti13

    jblatti13 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    guys i need some advice. this year i got a great deal on bagged salt, because all the bags were ripped and this guy was selling them for cash, whateevr the deal was, i got a good price. i have a storage shed that isnt temp controlled, and i want to buy another pallet now since i know he has pallets left. ill definitely not use the wholoe pallet this season, since its already mid february. i was considering building a wooden box type storage bin, plywood and 2x4s or something. if i buy this pallet, and because the bags are all ripped, i want to just pour the salt into this bin. ill use 5 gal buckets to get it out next year cuz i only fill my tailgate spreader once a storm, thats not hard.

    my question is, will the salt all harden up and turn to crap over the spring and summer months before next season, or will it be alright? i could line the bin with plastic sheeting and wrap it over the top, but wont be completely air tight like bags. anybody ever done something like this with success?
  2. maxximus98

    maxximus98 Member
    Messages: 52

    If you can keep it dry it should keep just fine!
  3. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    if you keep it dry it can still draw moisture from the humidity.....
  4. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,781

    I would pile the ripped bags, on a piece of plywood, you can jump on them (Do the Joliet dance) next season as you need them. Beats trying to hammer/chip them out of a salt box.
  5. jblatti13

    jblatti13 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    if i were to line the box with some plastic sheeting, then lay a piece over the top and staple it tight to the sides, do you tink the humidity will matter? i can keep it covered good, im just worried about how much moisture could possibly get into the storage shed, with it wrapped nice.

    i had some bags this year i had leftover from last year, and trust me no dance works to break some of the clumps i came across. i think itd be easier to have some clumps in a box i could smash around, throwing 50 pounders into walls and floors without success really sucks!
  6. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    Also, please post a video of the "Joliet dance" for us to indulge in.
  7. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I had several bags that were ripped from being frozen in the bed of my truck left over from last year. I just stacked them back on a pallet, and covered them with plastic, then threw a cheap blue tarp over them for the summer. Come plowing season this year I uncovered them, and only the top bags were hard, and all it took was several whacks, with a rubber deadblow mallet, and they were as good as new. There were a few larger pieces, but they broke up easily enough as I dumped the bags into the spreader.
  8. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    x2-you must be frenchman.
  9. snobgone

    snobgone Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 122

    The salt will absorb moisture unless the bag is completely sealed. It can definitely be pulverized to be reused so if you are getting that good a deal then it may be worth the dance. No bulk salt suppliers where you are?
  10. maxximus98

    maxximus98 Member
    Messages: 52

    I stored 50 bags that were rejects from our salt storage yard. they were rejected because they were ripped open to different degrees. I simply kept them in my garage with no climate control. I had minimal loss or hard bags of salt. so like I said earlier if it stays dry IT WILL BE FINE!!
  11. jblatti13

    jblatti13 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    the bags i get are in fact 'rejects' themselves, the guy sells em on the side for a profit, i dont blame him, and hes gettin me a good deal. there is bulk suppliers, but i have no way of getting bulk salt into my storage shed, and with no other place to put it, im out of options. i only have a tailgate spreader with 375 cap. so i dont go thru it like some of you guys do. from what i have heard decent bulk around here goes for 100+ a ton, i got a pallet of 50 bags totalling 2500lbs for $150. the bags were all torn, still easier to move around than bulk since i have zero access to any machinery. i think im gonna give this bin a go and see how it works out. got some lumber laying around, so another $20 into plastic and some more lumber, and ill stil save probably hundred bucks on salt for next season. maybe ill get greedy and buy 2 more pallets?
  12. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,781

    Joliet Dance!!!!! Also know as the Hillsburgh Stomp.

    <a href="http://www.deepbox.com" target="_new"><img src="http://images.deepbox.com/media/funny/9.gif"></a><br /><a href="http://www.deepbox.com" target="_new">
  13. Well, to be a bit of smart arse, they do sell shovels and wheel barrows, at various locations around north america! That would get a 'load' of salt from the pile they dump on your driveway to your storage shed :jester:

    its a slow night. olympic speaches are dull!
  14. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    Go to a pool supply company or someone that uses alot of chlorine and get an empty 40-50 gal "plastic" container / drum...wash and dry it very good and dump your salt in there (put the lid on) should keep salt pretty dry.
  15. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    You could mix up a little bit of liquid, spray your pile or box, cover it up, good to go next fall, nuff said
  16. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    LMAO @ The Truffle Shuffle... :laughing::laughing:
  17. jblatti13

    jblatti13 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    does anyone know how many #'s of salt= number of gallons?
    if i remember correctly a 50 lb bag of salt fills a 5 gallon bucket?
  18. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Thats not too far off...