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Storing salt inside shop??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by DAFFMOBILEWASH, Nov 15, 2009.


    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Has anyone done it?? Thinking of making a area in the corner to hold 15-30ton. Shop is 50'*50' 20' roof inside and lots of extra room. By using some blocks to contain it and a tarp on the top. Think it is a good idea?? Or will I regret it !!!
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Cedar Lawn had a pile in shop when I was in there, I don't think he likes it very much. Ask him about it.
  3. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    the guy that i sub for has his in the shop. It's been like that for 4 years. The only issue I have ever seen was trying to get the trucks in there to fill them up but he just bought a new huge shop so that won't be an issue anymore since his new one will hold 30+ trucks.
  4. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I store my salt inside the shop in super sacks
  5. timberseal

    timberseal Senior Member
    from 46385
    Messages: 247

    Hey thats a good idea...... you load them or are they shipped to you in the sacks? It would make for easy loading of the vbox too as long as you had a forklift :)
  6. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I load them with the v-box ......I am not a huge user of salt so this has worked well for me...I have a loader that I can move them with....

    I should be a little more descriptive......I use "small" super sack that hold approximately 500lbs. I currently have about 30 of them in the shop...
  7. Pennings Garden

    Pennings Garden Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 242

    I just ordered 25 Bulk sacks that will hold 2400LB, so they should hold about a yard each.
    I'm planning on loading them with a conveyor belt we already own, slowly dumping the salt on the belt with the skid steer, should get 23 ton loaded in a couple of hours.

    I'll post a picture when I'm done.
  8. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Couple of years back we plowed a mall. They had some unfinshed lease space so we would kee 100 tons and 20 pallets in there at all times. Along with the sidewalk bobcats. Nothing better than having almost unlimited heated space onsite for free :)
  9. lawnkale

    lawnkale Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 155

    we have 2 barns 1 for mowing equip and 1 for landscape. In the winter we change the landscape barn into our salt storage. we put concrete blocks on 2 sides to push against. Its great. We load the trucks inside out of the weather. keep salt dry. it holds about 400 tons. Hopefully we use it this year or come spring i'll be in trouble

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Thanks for the info. This season I have a little more room inside the shop and thought it might be a good idea. Untill now I have been buying on demand and last season I was stung with the price jump and shortages. Will the salt damage the floors at all?? They are 20 year old concrete.
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    No it won't damage your floors.
  12. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    the company I work for in the winter has indoor storage and it doesn't seem to hurt the building. sure is nice to have dry salt to load.

    seal the floor if it concerns you. salt institute recommends both.

    Messages: 65

    this is interesting--we were worried to and just got 25 tons of salt delivered to our shop today; first time using bulk salt; just got our first commercial property. I think our cement block building is 60 x 60 and ceilings very high--not sure sure off hand on the height but our buck loader fits inside and our 34 foot diesel pusher motor home fits inside; anyhow we just worry about moisture activating the salt; we have a little bit of moisture that builds on one of the walls. We didnt get cement blocks to contain it, we did put wood between the wall and the salt; and it is rounder in the middle--not much up against wall.
  14. fieldman23

    fieldman23 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I've got my salt stored in a wood bin in a unheated metal building. After 7 years, i'm noticing salt damage on the overhead door and garage door opener. Definately worth having dry salt though.
  15. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Thats how I've done it for years. In the back corner I usually keep 20-30 tons.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Have been working in the shop cleaning up the mess from over the years. Started in the corner and doing a complete lap of the perimeter. I have noticed I keep way too many scraps or just in case stuff!!!! Its all going out the door. Time to start fresh and only keep the important stuff. I'm planing on starting with 15-20 tonne and putting it in the corner. I think with some extra plywood and lumber all will be good. The building is insulated with steel structural members and wood on the inside walls. Plan on using some tarps to prevent the salt from entering the wall trough the tiny voids.

    How far out should I expect the salt to be from the corner with 20 ton?? Will 10' be OK or do you think more. Just planning a new layout of the shop and don't want to move things too many times.

    Anyone have any picks of 20-30ton???
  17. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    24 ton is about an average tri-axle load here if that helps.........