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storing salt in a container

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by PTSolutions, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    Hey guys, just wanted to get some input from those of you who store salt in a shipping container. We own a 20' unit that we store our asv rc100 with blower in there and looking to pick up another unit for the same site to store 20-30 tons in there.

    A question I have is should I go with an open top container and make a hoop structure on top so that way i have more ventilation, or would the sealed type container be fine?

    have you guys had issues storing your salt in the sealed container as in, clumping, wet salt etc... I do notice alot of condensation inside my storage container when there are temp shifts in the winter.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    I have used a container in the past and it worked well
    Only issue I found was that the sides of the container were corrugated and salt would build up there.
    I would say plywood the sides half way up before you fill it
    It's hard filling it full Need a good ramp to get in otherwise when it's wet out it's hard getting up slow
  3. Cam.at.Heritage

    Cam.at.Heritage Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    We have 6 storage containers to store random materials in the summer and winter but found that the bagged products will cause condensation inside the container and can damage certain types of material. We have never stored anything bulk in a container so not sure now that works. Our salt tent is quite open and ventilated so no moisture issue there.
  4. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    We used one last year (fully enclosed) and the only time we ever had any clumping was when it was delivered to us wet. Well, to clarify, it didn't clump any more than when it was delivered. Our 20ft or whatever size they are only held about 23 tons tops. This year I am going to make a ramp so the skid steer has a better angle to push maybe a couple more tons in it and a smoother entry/exit. The biggest issue we had was keeping the salt away from the doors so we could close it up.
  5. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    No issues... alittle clumping but not bad..... alittle secret, I fit 32 ton in mine by putting some 2x10 about half way up in front of the doors... worked like a charm!
  6. bmlitton

    bmlitton Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    We have used a 40' container for about 5 years now to store bulk salt. It's lined with plywood and works great. We can easily put 50 tons in one. Sometimes the salt will form a slight crust but the main part of the pile stays fine with no clumping.
  7. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Ah good idea Mike! I can easily see how that would enable you to get a few more tons in there cuz after about 20 tons it starts spilling out the front,lol.
  8. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    What's the best way to get the salt inside the container?
  9. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Skid steer... you just have to watch while piling it in there as you cant get the salt all the way to the top...the bucket will hit the roof (Dont ask how I found out.....:) )
  10. nh785

    nh785 Member
    Messages: 71

    What about usind a skid blower to blow it in?
  11. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    ^noise pollution? lol

    i cannot find a slinger truck locally to contract out so we will be loading our container with our skidder as well. or if i could find someone with a firewood conveyor system lol...
  12. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    Are you then loading it into a spreader for parking lots? If so how are you doing this with the 2x10 at the door? Or are you using the stockpile to fill buckets for sidewalks?
  13. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Brad, I like to work smarter and not harder... I couldn't imagine filling 32 ton of salt into buckets...LOL... no Its for bulk spreading..... you measure behind your corner posts (or in my case the corner posts have a groove that accepts the boards) cut the boards to fit. Start filling the box like you'd normally do and when the pile (that darn slope) gets to the door put a board in there (no need to attach as the pressure of the salt will keep it secure) ....continue to fill until the pile starts sliding up to the top of the first board and put your second board there, and so on until the boards are half way up the container........ When your ready to use the salt its easy to get the skids bucket over the boards..... when you can't get anymore salt you take a board down and the process continues.....

  14. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    Not to hijack, but how do you guys move these containers? Say for example a 20 footer, you using roll offs? I want to hear from the guys who don't have roll offs.
  15. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Float it on a trailer or hire a tow truck company with a flat deck.
  16. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    i hire a tow company that shows up w/ like a 25' roll off deck, about 120 per move.
  17. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Same here. The company we rent it from delivers it and takes it back.
  18. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    If you have a 20' deck over you can lift up on end of it with a skid pretty easy, back the truck/trailer under and then push it on from behind. Pretty easy to do.
  19. PGHplowguy

    PGHplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Maybe a dumb question, but I do not know the answer...

    These shipping containers you all are speaking of.
    Are the dimensions whatever long x 8' W x 8' H?

    How high using a bobcat can you get the salt piled inside without hitting the roof?

    Would I have any problems fitting 23 tons into a 20' long container?

    To have the salt delivered it would be dumped onto a loose gravel flat driveway. Would I have any problems grabbing buckets with the bobcat to load the container? Doing so without also grabbing the gravel?

    Thanks for the help.