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Old 02-24-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default 2 55 gallon feeder 110 gallon Help Please

Im havin the welding class here at school do a little project for me... I am supplying all the material they are supplying all the work

Just need some pics of 110 gallon feeders... two 55 gallon feeders stacked on top of eachother. I know there are some out there.

Post up your pics please so I can give these boys a direction to head.


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Old 02-24-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Stick them on top of each other and hammer it! Careful not to stay in one spot to long, will melt though
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I just did one last night, mine will definitely work but I'm not the best/prettiest welder in the world YET. I did mine with a small wire fed welder, had it set on C (has A,B,C,D setting) B wasn't quite hot enough to keep a good weld and D was so hot it was burning through. Both barrels were the same size but the only thing I ran into during the process that I had to go easy with was that one barrel had a solid metal rim and the other just had a rolled rim so the inside of the rim was hollow, I had to weld from the solid rim down to the hollow rim or it would burn through the hollow rim. Overall it came out good though and will serve the purpose, I plan on painting it heavy so it will last. The only reason why I double stacked them is so I could fill it to the brim and hopefully save some fuel from driving up and having to refill it as often. If you need pics let me know and I'll try to take a few.
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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Stick them on top of each other and hammer it! Careful not to stay in one spot to long, will melt though
Can you explain this a little more.....thanks
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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Can you explain this a little more.....thanks
He means because the the metal is thin on the barrel to tack weld a spot then move to a different spot and keep going around the barrel like that so you don't get it so hot that it melts through.

Moving from spot to spot allows the metal you just welded to cool, while you weld a different spot.

Hammering a hot weld removes the slag, and makes for less grinding to make it pretty.

I would like to see some pics if you get around to snapping a few of it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:20 PM   #6
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Give them a little more challenge....and one that is not so top heavy...


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Old 02-24-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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I thought about this.. But adding a funnel to the bottom of both barrels to combine to just one feed unit...

But that makes them build a platform, and a ladder. Makes Me buy two funnels, two lids, two timers, two solar chargers, and two batteries.. Having one of everything is more cost effective.

And steel ain't cheap!

I'm having them put 9 foot legs on it and mounting the legs to the welded together barrels in the middle to distribute the weight.. Like the pic... Was just hoping somebody had some more insight on it... Kids need pictures.
The one pic I posted I stole from a classifieds ad here barrel is on its top in the pic...
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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Try using a 4 leg belly band to better handle the added weight. This will help with stability when filling it too. Nothing like climbing up that high with a 50# bag and having the feeder shift on you. You can put the belly band at the top rib of the bottom barrel to lower the center of gravity. Make sure to have wide feet on your legs to keep from sinking.

You can also make a low pedestal out of angle iron cheaply and have the feeder motor low. Just use a round barrel width varmint cage to keep the coons out.

If you're stuck on using a 3 leg belly band, tie the leg bottoms together to avoid it shifting.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:35 PM   #9
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when I was working at a fabrication company years ago, one of the managers did this on the side and we used them at our lease in Del Rio to save on fuel and # of trips required to fill them. Be sure to place the leg supports on the upper most barrel and weld the supports all the way around. He didn't use a funnel on the bottom of the barrel. the seam to tie them both together is critical as they will be holding up quite a bit of weight.

Good luck to you.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #10
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Here's where the boys are at as we speak. Coming along pretty well... Need to finish welding, then painting.

Then I will add the funnel. And I allready have a coon cage for it.

I think they are doing pretty good. What do y'all think.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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Looks great!
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #12
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Sorry bout the side ways pics... But the boys are working hard!
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:03 PM   #13
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Brother your funnel should allready be in their Good luck getting that sucker in now


That is a TON of weight in a very small foot print on those legs to. I would see about having them weld a piece of tubing around the barrel conecting the legs together.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #14
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On my next one I'll leave the bottom of the top one in place. Just cut large holes in it so the corn can pass through, but when you drop a corn sack in there it doesnt pass through.

Don't ask how I got it out.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:49 PM   #15
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Brother your funnel should allready be in their Good luck getting that sucker in now


That is a TON of weight in a very small foot print on those legs to. I would see about having them weld a piece of tubing around the barrel conecting the legs together.
Ya we have some gussets that are yet to be welded to... And the funnel is on back order sooo.. I think i'm crawling in.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:28 PM   #16
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #17
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Ya we have some gussets that are yet to be welded to... And the funnel is on back order sooo.. I think i'm crawling in.
LOL good deal on the gussets and crawling in sounds kinda,,, well sexual
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #18
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Good Lord, id be afraid a small plane would hit that thing How tall is it?
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #19
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How did you weld both the drums together? Any reinforcements or just weld the seams?
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #20
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:10 PM   #21
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This is how I roll
2" tubing for the legs 9'
1.75 for the frame 5'
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:31 PM   #22
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We put two feeders side by side. You get 110 gallons but no additional work. We use one trimmer for morning and one for evening. If you have a timer go bad u still have some corn throwing.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #23
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Wow those ladder and stand combos are sweet... I thought about something like that with a platform but I'm metal poor or I would have entertained the thought longer!

I didn't want 2 feeders though. I've done that... Just a pain having 2 batteries, 2 solar chargers, 2 timers, 2 motors... when 1 would be easier to maintain... Plus more cost efficient.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:56 PM   #24
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Update: boys are working hard. They are going to start painting tomorrow, after we cut the hole in the bottom, for the funnel.
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im just wondering here, but would it be better to have the leg supports on the top 1/3 of the bottom barrel, so that way you dont have all of that weight on your welds?
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I thought about that too... After the fact. I guess we will find out soon enough. This bad boy is painted and ready to be set up.... I even painted the inside... After it was all welded solid. Don't ask how.

Just waiting on the funnel I ordered off Ebay 20 days ago... I was wanting to set it up this weekend...
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We put two feeders side by side. You get 110 gallons but no additional work. We use one trimmer for morning and one for evening. If you have a timer go bad u still have some corn throwing.
^^^^ super idea
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:49 PM   #28
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Looks like y'all did a fine job...
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either way it should sling some kern
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I thought about this.. But adding a funnel to the bottom of both barrels to combine to just one feed unit...

But that makes them build a platform, and a ladder. Makes Me buy two funnels, two lids, two timers, two solar chargers, and two batteries.. Having one of everything is more cost effective.

And steel ain't cheap!

I'm having them put 9 foot legs on it and mounting the legs to the welded together barrels in the middle to distribute the weight.. Like the pic... Was just hoping somebody had some more insight on it... Kids need pictures.
The one pic I posted I stole from a classifieds ad here barrel is on its top in the pic...
i own this now, i just havnt put it out yet.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:37 AM   #31
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i own this now, i just havnt put it out yet.
Awesome I was wondering who got a hold of this one.

My feeder funnel arrived yesterday. Took 10 days from purchase to ship... 21 days from shipping date to actually arrive ... So 31 days from when I purchased it to when I got it!!! and this was all IN STATE!!! Texas to Texas... What a Crock!

Oh well Now I get to go crawl in!!! YEAAAAHHHH!!!
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Had a chance to crawl in and set the funnel... Actually wasn't that hard. Now I just need to add a Feeder motor and I will be ready to go! Will post some pics when she is up and running!
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:55 AM   #33
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With that much volume, you really don't need an inside funnel. But since you have it in... I guess the point is mute. I've wanted to double mine too but instead I settled for halving the distance to my lease.
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Give them a little more challenge....and one that is not so top heavy...


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Mine looks just like this but I used pvc pipe to joint the barrels so I only had to use 1 feeder motor
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Had a chance to crawl in and set the funnel... Actually wasn't that hard. Now I just need to add a Feeder motor and I will be ready to go! Will post some pics when she is up and running!


pics?
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:01 PM   #36
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pics?
Lol... I left it at the house... Still not set up any where... With the rain my deer and pigs have all decided to go eat natural browse...

Plus I'm in the mountains.

will get it set up when I get back.

And it will have a sneaky feed on it. If you haven't checked them out they are cool!!! Right now its in my kitchen feeding well! The thing is awesome! Definitely worth checking out. (will have a thread up about it when I get it set up) I do have a pic of it!
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Well its up and running now!
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How big of ladder do you use to fill it?
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:16 AM   #39
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How big of ladder do you use to fill it?
Ladder?? I don't need no stinking ladder. Lol...

No but it all seriousness It was built to fill by standing on my toolbox in the back of the truck. That way I just put bags up on the tool box, and then pour em in... Not bad on the knees..
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