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Old 06-22-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default grain bin storage?

anyone on here use grain bins to store stuff other then grain or corn? how do these assemble and disassemble? how heavy are the pieces?

what kind of sealer do you use to seal the seams? how do you fix the base so its attached to a cement foundation or any kind of flooring?
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: grain bin storage?

This is a pretty good writeup.

http://joy-at-home.hubpages.com/hub/...cture-Tutorial

You could use roofing cement for a sealer but I don't recall seeing too many with any kind of sealer on them.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #3
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There's caulk on all the seams between all the panels, and all the capscrews that hold the panels together have a sealing washer under the head.

Weight of the panels depends on it's size and location in the bin. Panels towards the bottom are heavier (thicker gauge) than the ones at the top (corn, etc. pushes it weight out at a downward angle). Weight of the roof pieces depends on size as well.

My dad bought a two grain bins back in the mid 1990s and we moved them to our farms. The smaller one was around 20' in diameter, 7 rings high and holds around 8000 bushel. The larger was was around 40' in diameter, 7 rings high and holds around 20000 bushel.

He bought a set of bin jacks to disassemble and assemble them... nothing more than a small three legged crane with a winch. You staggered them around the bin, bolted the winch to the 2nd from the bottom panels, and then went around the bin turning the winches one at a time until the bin was in the air. The bottom ring was removed, then the bin was lowered, the winches reattached, the bin raised, and the process repeated. As they say in the car manuals, installation is the reverse of removal. The roof was always the harder part due to the slope, we got creative with a lot of long boards, an old corn elevator, tractors with loaders, etc.

I recall that two people could lift most panels on either one of these bins, seems like the heaviest I recall one being is around 100 lbs. The bigger the bin, the thicker the metal, and the larger the panel.

I'm sure the professional guys have winches that are hydraulically or electrically powered and all work from the push of a button, or in the case of the really large (at the large grain elevators), cranes are used. I had heard of folks using helicopters to move assembled grain bins all in one piece, but have never seen it.

From what I recall, the bin is attached to the concrete foundation with L brackets that bolt to the bottom ring and the concrete. Nothing fancy. Both bins we moved had a floor that was elevated about 12" over the concrete (one using cinder block, one using a rebar looking fence piece) as the auger system to unload the bin is under the floor. The floor is also perforated to allow the dryers (large fans, usually with some kind of heater) to blow air from the bottom of the bin up through the top to dry the grain.

As for other uses, there was (or maybe is) a restaurant near Decatur IL built inside of one, you could maybe cut a hole in the side of one to use as a garage or outbuilding. I'd like to see if anyone left the bottom rings intact, removed the roof, and made a swimming pool out of one.

Best bet if you have one you don't know what to do with is to either sell it for scrap or sell it to someone who could move it and use it. Either way, make them removing it part of the deal....
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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reason I ask is because grandpa has 2 that are the same size, roughly 1200 bushel each. probably 10 feet wide by 10 feet tall.

how heavy do you suppose it weighs? can we assemble it without jacks?
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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Dad uses his for storage.. only had grain in there twice maybe. His is the shorter version (don't know the size). It sets on a concrete pad and he's never did anything else to it. No leaks no mice but he does set things off the floor. Perfect storage solution it seems.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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are they leg bins or on a floor? If it has a name on it like GSI, Brock you should be able to go to their website and find info. If they don't have a name go to eather website and most both companies build good bins so you should be able to get info an assembly and weight. the calking for the seams is a butal type material in a roll (all the leg bins I have delt with were)
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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Check around the local Co-op or a bin dealer a set of bin jacks will make it easier to take apart. The set we have are 10' tall with a hand crank boat wench on them. You pick up on the ring above the one you are taking off, unbolt the ring ,set the bin down , rehook above the next ring and repete. If you can set the top 1/2 of bin on a trailer to move it you wont have to take it all apart. Unless there is a width problem.
If you arn't moving the bins far . I have set the bin on a pair of highline poles and skidded them.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:38 PM   #8
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i've never torn one down, but the crane and tire in this pic was the way we set them up... they used a crane and tire in this site to take it down:

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I've only seen them used for grain. Corn cribs, I have used to store firewood in.

You're going to need jacks to raise/lower it or atleast a crane.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:08 PM   #10
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Look up Farm Show magazine there is a article on converting grain bins into cottages , bachlor pads.
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