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Old 09-25-2012, 08:44 PM   #21
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I also had a little more time before the kids got off of the bus, so I framed the cabinet for the grain storage bin, cut a lid to size, installed the casters, and rolled it into position next to the grain mill. My wife is taking my daughter to gymnastics tonight, so I may recruit my son to help me get the box covered in knotty pine and get the pine trim boards installed on the lid. I have one ripped piece of log left that is just barely long enough to trim the front of the grain bin. I need to get down to my dad's place to get another longer log to trim out the front and sides of the ventilation hood when I get back from vacation. I'll post some more pics later if I have time to get some more work done.


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Old 09-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #22
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:38 PM   #23
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Thanks rockinmarty.....much appreciated!

Here are a few more pics of the progress made this evening. I got the grain bin covered in knotty pine, the top sized and fitted, and started a little trim. Thought I better throw in the towel for the night, because my wife is getting a little irritated with my "projects".

I'll post some pics once the grain bin is fully trimmed and the log trim is in place. I'll tile the tops of the grain mill cabinet and the storage bin at the same time and then grout everything in the brewery at the same time.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:22 PM   #24
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what will be the system to organize your grain in your bin? Showed the pics to my wife and she loves all of it. BTW when are you going to the islands, thought you left already?
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #25
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Haven't figured out an organizational system yet, and am not sure if I need one. My biggest reasons for building the grain storage bin is to allow me to purchase base grains in 50 lb. sacks (2-row/torrified wheat/etc.) and to balance out the room for more countertop space. There are some specialty grains that I use quite often and will likely purchase 10lbs at a time, however, I will continue to purchase most as needed batch to batch, as I don't need large quantities of crystal 120 or buiscuit malt on hand. My wife works near my HBS, so I call ahead and they have whatever I need waiting for her to pick up for me. They are great! I came across a humiditiy controller for cheap and plan to place a small dehumidifier in the bin to electronically control the humidity for ideal storage conditions. I am open to any and all suggestions though!

BTW....I'm leaving for the Caribbean on Saturday at 10:10 a.m. and will be gone all of next week. We have had this trip booked for several months, but in stereotypical fashion we are scrambling to try to get everything packed last minute. It used to be much easier before kids. They are staying the week (along with our dog) at my in-laws, so we have to pack all their crap as well. I'm working a 1/2 day today, so that I can get home and catch up on all of the lawn work and get my stuff ready. Thankfully my wife is off tomorrow, so she can get eveything packed into the suitcases, etc.
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Hoppopotomus,

If you haven't yet purchased the pulleys, check out heating & air conditioning shops in your area. Around here quite a few furnaces have been replaced and blower motor & pulleys are available. Modern air handlers use a motor concentric with the blower, but older ones use a belt & pulley system. They become available as furnaces get replaced and scrapped. Quite often you can find bearings and pillow blocks that are useable as well.
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WOW! Everything looking awesome. I can't show this to the wife... I have to much to do already. I do wish I was back in a place that had a basement, I miss that.
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Thanks. I may try to finish the top trim and the log trim for the bin today, but I have my hands full and likely won't be able to get both pieces sanded and coated. If I make any more progress, I'll post some pics. later tonight.
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If you haven't yet purchased the pulleys, check out heating & air conditioning shops in your area. Around here quite a few furnaces have been replaced and blower motor & pulleys are available. Modern air handlers use a motor concentric with the blower, but older ones use a belt & pulley system. They become available as furnaces get replaced and scrapped. Quite often you can find bearings and pillow blocks that are useable as well.
Thanks for the info. I'll check around with a few of my past HVAC patients to see if they have anything laying around. Unfortunately my HVAC contractor that did my house committed suicide a couple of years back and they dissolved the company after that. Did the older style furnaces have large pulleys....like 12 inchers? I would hate to blow $38 on one pulley if someone has one in a scrap pile.


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