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Old Grain Bins Make Great Storage Sheds, Cheap Bulk Storage
The Heuchert farm in Saskatoon, Sask. recently added inexpensive storage bins, thanks to an idea Leland Heuchert discovered on a website.
    “We had a bunch of bin parts kicking around, and on Pinterest I saw a grain bin fitted with a home door,” he says.
    He assembled three rings and a roof from a 19-ft. grain bin. Then Heuchert installed a used door purchased off Kijiji (Canada’s version of Craigslist).
    “We had issues with the grain bin being too flexible so we put angle iron around the door frame inside the bin,” says Heuchert.
    The Heucherts later built 3 more storage bins but used grain bin doors, which were easier to install. They will likely be changed to home doors in the future, because they are bigger and make it easier to haul things through, Heuchert says.
    “I recommend building these bins on cement or steel floors because wood doesn’t last as long,” he adds.
    With many large farms in the area getting rid of small bins, they are cheap and often free for the taking. The Heucherts dismantle them with a crane and haul the parts home. They usually add a couple bins for their own grain storage every year.
    The bins that keep grain dry and rodent-proof work just as well to protect aeration fans, equipment parts, tires and other farm items, Heuchert says. Plus they provide a fairly large storage area. For example, the 19-ft. diameter bin provides about 285 sq. ft. of space, fairly close to a 40-ft. shipping container that has 320 sq. ft. In the future, the Heucherts plan to add shelves to make even better use of the space.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leland Heuchert (lelandheuchert@gmail.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #1