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Grain Bin House
We’ve long fantasized about having a grain bin house at the farm. No idea what that is? Oh boy, are you missing out on the fun! Essentially, you take a grain bin – yes those big round metal buildings – and you convert it to a living space. Everyone is going to go about this different and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination…and construction skills! Just to whet your appetite:
Montesilo – an incredible double-bin house with a blog that covered its construction:
Well we may not just be dreaming of a grain bin house anymore. Dale noticed some abandoned grain bins for sale on the highway awhile back and Mom and Pops tracked them down. They went up for a visit and talk with the owner recently.
There were three bins clustered around a grain elevator thing. One definite problem is getting the heavy conveyor pipes taken down…without letting them crash into the elevator or the other bins. The owner said a crane would have to be hired for that job. The one on the left is the only one that hasn’t buckled….and its roof is in the best condition.
The good bin had a scary ladder going up the outside and another one on the inside. Pops climbed the inside one and stuck his head out of the roof hatch…about 25′ off the ground.
These bins are about 25′ in diameter and 25′ tall to the eave. That’s very close to 10,000 bushels. There are 9 rings, each made up of 8 sheets….72 sheets in all. Each sheet has 50 5/16″ bolts securing it to the neighboring sheets…..3600 bolts in all. Pops roughly estimated that the cylindrical part of the bin would weigh about 4000 lbs. That means we could haul the whole thing home with his truck and new trailer.
It would be scary taking the roof apart but Pops think we could handle it pretty well. From there, the rest would be straightforward. But he doesn’t think we can take the conveyor pipes down……at least he hasn’t figured out how yet.
Of course, these things are bare on the inside and the outside even needs work. But I guess at least they are pretty clean!