Coal Bunker

I burn around 250kg of solid fuel each winter. The bags do not look attractive when stored in the back garden and I find it inconvenient to shovel the fuel into the coal skuttle. I have space at the side of the house to install a bunker. 

What are the pros and cons of bunkers and does anyone know of a suitable size, make and model they can recommend?

Thank you

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  • Slinky
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    edited 23 August 2023 at 8:39PM
    Do you plan on emptying the bags into a bunker and shovelling it out? Sounds like a lot of lifting involved. If you're looking at something to hide the bags, have you thought about something like a wheelie bin cupboard?


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  • marycanary
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    Hi,

    Thank you for your reply. I was thinking of changing to 50kg bags tipped by the coal delivery firm but a bin store for the bags may be a good option.
  • Much easier to shovel fuel from a bunker than from a bag, and it keeps the fuel dry.
  • Titan are as good as any

  • marycanary
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    Titan are as good as any

    Thank you. I'll have a look.
  • FreeBear
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    Much easier to shovel fuel from a bunker than from a bag, and it keeps the fuel dry.
    Must admit, I keep 25Kg bags stacked in a shed. If the coal was bagged up in the wet, it doesn't dry out too well, so I end up bringing damp coal in to the house - Not a good thing to have, but at least it dries out fairly quickly by the fire.
    Haven't ordered any this year (price being one factor), but if I do, I'm considering a big box to empty the bags in to (got some crates that had been used to ship paving slabs - A few bits of pallet wood quickly converts them in to sturdy containers).

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  • henry24
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    If you're planning on staying in your home a long while like me this concrete one from a company in Doncaster is made to last 
  • marycanary
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    henry24 said:
    If you're planning on staying in your home a long while like me this concrete one from a company in Doncaster is made to last 
    I have bunker envy, but this might be too big for the area I have in mind.
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