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Grain Bin Homes — 13 Comments

  1. I wish I could get some kind of a blueprint for such a structure. Does one exist? Would you part with a copy? I’m very serious about building a home out of something other than the normal old stick built method which I can not afford. Thanks for any consideration.

  2. How can I cut out sections for windows and doors without compromising the structural integrity of the bin?
    Has anyone done that?

  3. Very nice looking and I suspect well heated in winter. Could you use spray insulation and then apply mortar over that? If so, which side would be best? Interior or exterior for the insulation? I’d guess interior but, alternative building can sometimes fool you.

    • I presume the bins could be insulated with spray foam like they do with steel quonset type buildings, if you don’t opt for the nesting of one bin inside another. In this case I would suggest putting the foam on the inside for durability.

  4. My friend is putting a couple up right now. I suggested some salvaged field fencing inside her bins to cheaply form an insulative space. Maybe some plaster netting already attached to the fencing, stretched and stapled to the backs of some exposed round timber posts…

  5. these are quite creative, and it would be fun to convert into a home. The double wall is a fantastic idea. How much would it cost to fill the space with spray foam insulation? (guesstimate).
    Oh! Aren’t these Grain Silos? Grain Bins have legs to hold it off the ground and the center is funneled, to allow the grain to be chuted into a waiting truck or feed trough. Or are you cementing the legs into the concrete, insulating the funnel, and covering over for a thick insulated floor?

    • It would depend on how thick the foam space is, but with foam being so high in insulation value you would only need about six inches most likely. I don’t know the costs of this. No, these are the cylindrical silos…sounds like I used the wrong word…sorry.

    • You’ll have to use a search engine to find grain bin suppliers in your area. Find someone local because shipping is now a major expense. Also, look for recycled roofs from old grain bins.

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