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How to build a wooden grain bin/silo?

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For anyone who uses tons of grain, I would like to construct a 4 ton square grain storage shed. I found one set of plans from a university but the plans seem too flimsy to handle the outward force of the grain. How can I reinforce the walls to withstand the high pressure?

Also not sure of the dimensions to handle 4 tons pelleted feed.

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Originally Posted by Arielle 

For anyone who uses tons of grain, I would like to construct a 4 ton square grain storage shed. I found one set of plans from a university but the plans seem too flimsy to handle the outward force of the grain. How can I reinforce the walls to withstand the high pressure?

Also not sure of the dimensions to handle 4 tons
pelleted feed.


Pelleted feed weighs about 40 lbs per cubic foot

6' x 6' x 6' = 216 cubic feet x 40lbs = 8,640 lbs

4' x 4' x 12.5' =  cubic feet x 40 lbs = 8,000 lbs

Band the ouside of the bin with dimensional lumber to reinforce.

How are you going to get the fed out of it?

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The dimensions from the first reply seem great.  Maybe you can try and build a separate extension for the feed and build a funnel from there into the grain storage shed.  It would be extra work, but it might reduce some of the weighted stress on your original layout.

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