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Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 12:51 pm    Post subject: Storing bulk grain  Reply with quote    

If you buy grain in larger quantities - which I am thinking about doing to get costs down - how do you store it? I realise this is a numpty question; but it's not something I've ever been involved with before.

crofter



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Grain silo. More seriously, what quantities are you considering?

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Old chest freezer?

T.G



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we buy barley by the tonne, we store it in rodent proof containers of various shapes and sizes obtained and bought. those green lidded (green body) garden boxes which are plastic have proven very good. The sort of things they sell at large diy stores for about 35 squid

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I suppose a tonne or two. Would that fit in a chest freezer? It depends on the price reduction I suppose. I don't want to muck about spending money on buying a grain silo as in those quantities I can see it paying for itself very quickly.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

plastic screw lid tubs about 30 kg to 100 kg sized or in a hopper/truck thing iirc in a barn

mouse and air tight is good

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I suppose a tonne or two. Would that fit in a chest freezer?


A tonne would be 40 sacks-worth. I don't know - it's one of those visio-spatial puzzles that I can't do.

crofter



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I suppose a tonne or two. Would that fit in a chest freezer?


You might fit 1 tonne in a very large one.

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Chez wrote:
I suppose a tonne or two. Would that fit in a chest freezer?


A tonne would be 40 sacks-worth. I don't know - it's one of those visio-spatial puzzles that I can't do.


No it wouldn't. A tonne of spuds is roughly 5'x5'x5'. I realise that grain's more dense but it's not going to fit in a freezer unless it's a seriously big one.
Also (and this is from a position of ignorance about grain) storing spuds needs decent ventilation around them. Is grain going to keep OK in something airtight like a freezer or are nasty anaerobic things going to start happening?

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't want nasty anaerobic thing to happen . I wonder if grain silos ever come up on ebay?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I wonder if grain silos ever come up on ebay?

Won't fit in a Transit!

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Interesting first para:

http://www.jpconcrete.co.uk/grain_store.htm

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we use a frame from a old 3 ton trailer it has be kitted out with tin plate and a tin lid.

all the other containers (rodent proof) picked up from farm dispersal sales if i remember rightly they hold about 3/4 ton each.

once the grains are milled it then goes into barrels.

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you, everyone, that's food for thought.

darkbrowneggs



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 11 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Chez - I store mine in the back of an old luton van type body.

It is great as you can load in through the roll up door on the back, and I have had a small door cut in the side for daily feeding.

I buy about 1 ton of wheat at a time and there is bags of space, but I want to get some second hand potato or apple boxes in there to make it easier - the big ones.

I saved all my old polythene feed sacks and take those up to the local farm when I am doing a refill but open sacks are more difficult to handle

All the best
Sue

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