Vac System Build: Cheap and Effective!

VTPellets Posted By VTPellets, Sep 12, 2015 at 7:53 PM

  1. VTPellets

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    A few weeks ago I posted here asking for some advice about a pellet transport system. I need to store them in bags in my basement, and the stove is on my main floor. PITA hauling bags up the stairs all winter. So, lazy-engineer-me took over and I got a lot of great advice from you guys.

    My goal was to suck pellets up from a mass storage bag in my basement vertically about 12 feet into a bucket next to the stove that I could then easily dump into the hopper. I've assembled this cheap vertical transport system that's effective and a hoot to watch.

    Album here.

    Parts:
    • Kanaflex 2.5" ID vacuum hose. Before anyone asks, it's grounded. No static. And it won't buckle under pressure. (15ft at $60)
    • Shop Vac 6.5HP wet/dry vac ($120)
    • Dust Deputy cyclonic filter kit with 5-gal buckets ($100)
    • FIBC bag, waterproof ($15)
    • 2.75" hole borer with arbor ($50)
    I was skeptical about it, but damn, it works. The only gripes are that the shop vac is a bit noisy, but no more than vacuuming your house for example. It's also not pretty, so I may build a nice shroud made to look like a chest or something around it.
     
  2. jinx

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    I love the dust deputy cyclone, I own 2. I can't believe that you get a 12 ft lift out of the shop vac, but I am not familiar with the weight of pellets. Good on you for inventing the lift system. I'd probably be looking at a corkscrew feeding method instead.
     
  3. LGTWhit

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  4. VTPellets

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    Does the album not work?
     
  5. LGTWhit

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    Haha, works fine, didn't see it the first time. Genius for sure, nice work!!
     
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    Ah, great. I credit you guys for a ton of clarification and links to similar ideas!
     
  7. velvetfoot

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    Low cost. I like it. I built a box with 3 sheets of plywood and some bracing and hinges from HD-neater maybe but can't beat 15 bucks.
    Do you think the vacuum filter will pick up a lot of dust?
     
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    Nice setup. I'm sure it will save a lot of work for years to come.
     
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    Nice visuals and explanation (FWIW - LGTWhit, I missed the album the first time too, so was glad you asked about the pics first ;)). Is that an electrical extension in that last pic (that big red/orange knot near the ceiling)? Ya know, they make shorter extensions ==c
     
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    Haha, yeah it's normally hooked into something across the basement, since outlets are limited down there. I had it running along the joists and needed it for something else a closer so I figured I'd just wrap it up!

    And we'll see about dust in the filter. I've only sucked up a couple hundred pounds of "test" pellets, and so far the filter and shop vac are clean as new.
     
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    beautiful job, maybe make a second 2.75 inch hole and mount the shop vac in the basement to cut down on noise.
     
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  12. Pass the Pellets

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    Nice job! Interested to hear how that works out over a full season. You'll need to keep us posted. How do you move that big bag of pellets around?
     
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    Out of curiosity, are there issues with static buildup in theses systems?. When I was doing a lot of woodworking, I had dust collector system set up and there was a lot of warnings that the entire system needed to be grounded so that sparks wouldn't ignite the dust in the piping. I did ground mine and never had issues but have read over the years of systems exploding due to dust ignition.
     
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    @pass: I don't move it around. Once it's full, it stays put. It's pretty heavy!

    @peak: the reason I went with the kanaflex hose was because it is grounded, and specifically designed for waste material/liquid suction. I heard a lot of recommendations for grounding the hose because of the risk of static buildup.
     
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    Thanks for the info on the hose, I ran bare wire inside my pipes as I was paranoid about static.
     
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    So you manually fill the bag in place from individual 40 lb bags? No bulk delivery or buying a 1 ton bag available where you live?
     
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  17. EdC

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    VT Pellets: Can't get the album link to work.
     
  18. Don2222

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    Hi VTpellet
    I would really like to see the pics, but
    When I Click on Album
    I See pic 1 below
    When I click on the link
    I see pic 2 below

    Am I doing something wrong or has something changed?

    Click on pic below to enlarge:
     

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