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Old 02-19-2019, 08:06 PM   #1
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Donít have a welding machine so you have to compromise. Still more to come. I am going to apply a durable paint coat on it. Name:  0A87B1B6-BA1D-472E-9DCC-E15BEF08E716.jpg
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:10 PM   #2
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Welder? Just buy a barrel and bolt up kit.
I hope it works out for you but I think there is a reason no one uses wood.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:26 PM   #3
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You will have problems with moisture and also rodents will be able to chew threw the wood!
I'd go with a 55 gallon barrel and just use a bolt together kit like "FireNguns" has already stated!
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:33 PM   #4
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Turn that thing sideways and make a doghouse. Cuts your losses and buy metal!
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:09 PM   #5
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Go metal, that isnít going to last long at all.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:35 PM   #6
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While i agree that a barrel is a better option, what you are building will certainly work if you do it right. Caulk all the seams well and put a hefty coat of latex paint on it.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:47 PM   #7
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Well, it's a different idea.

Hope it works for ya.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:24 PM   #8
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Maybe a couple of rolls of tape for insurance ?
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:59 PM   #9
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I see a future of moldy corn mess for you .
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:03 PM   #10
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I know a guy who built some 600 LB protein feeders with wood that was then covered with heavy metal flashing. It was a great design and worked well.

His were really cool because they were "timed" feeders before timed feeders like the hammer were made.

He had the hopper necked down to a 4" hole and used an Over-sized spinner plate. (Like double the size of a normal one)

The spinner would sling the protein into the enclosure and the protein would then fall down 4 different feed tubes.

On his math, it would take a week of no protein consumption before he had a backup. He's been running the same feeder for 12 years with zero backups/clogs.
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:45 PM   #11
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Well hell im gonna give it a shot. At least I had fun building it. Going to add some sheet metal to it tomorrow.Name:  CE6E6D88-0366-462D-BD44-A41A2BC56B57.jpg
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Old 02-21-2019, 07:48 PM   #12
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I know a guy that has had a wood one for at least 6 years. No moisture or rodent issues. A barrel would be better.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:50 PM   #13
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I would coat the exterior with a type of fluid applied water proofing memebrane
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:10 AM   #14
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I think you are going to be disappointed how little corn passes through that 1x 1/2Ē mesh... need 1x1Ē minimum. Itís going to all be under it.
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:35 AM   #15
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While metal would be better, use what you have

I agree with Smart though, change that screen out for one with bigger holes in it
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Old 02-23-2019, 07:41 AM   #16
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Go to home depot and buy 2 gallons of the 5$ oops paint latex exterior paint and slap it on thick
I think it will last u plenty long enough and work just fine

My only suggestion would be to maybe look at another wire that one might not get corn slung out

Nice build and on upside when ur done with it u can just burn it at the lease instead of hauling it home
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:12 AM   #17
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There's gonna be a ton of corn under it and probably in the cage


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Old 02-23-2019, 09:03 AM   #18
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I have one that’s going on 7 yrs old. It’s a self feeder but it holds up and have no issues with mold. I used treated plywood. It hold 200lbs.
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Old 02-23-2019, 09:10 AM   #19
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I don't know why some people think wood would have a mold problem while steel barrels don't? The steel barrels are not sealed at top and bottom, they have moisture in them too. I would use a metal barrel, but I don't see why wood would not work just fine.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:28 PM   #20
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We had several big wooden trough gravity feeders that would hold 2,000lbs each. They have lasted over 15 yrs and still going strong on our old deer lease. They had a metal tin roof and a metal to divert the feed onto the troughs.
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:34 PM   #21
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Welder? Just buy a barrel and bolt up kit.
I hope it works out for you but I think there is a reason no one uses wood.
My dad and grandfather use to build them before they became commercially available.

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Old 02-23-2019, 04:40 PM   #22
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I have one thatís going on 7 yrs old. Itís a self feeder but it holds up and have no issues with mold. I used treated plywood. It hold 200lbs.
That an elf on the shelf!
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That an elf on the shelf!
Lol yep and he’s holding a knife. I have a twisted sense of humor !
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:03 PM   #24
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Folks used to ride horses and crap in an outhouse too. Now there is a good use of wood
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:22 AM   #25
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Congrats for homemade!
I build my first feeder of wood.
Pre cameras and no pigs.
Not sure what ate the corn out of it.
Use plenty paint (inside and out) zand you will be fine.
Having said that, squirrels just ate a hole in my plastic water barrel.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:25 PM   #26
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1x 1/2” mesh will be fine. Now 3/8" x3/8" might be an issue, most corn in less than 1/2" x 1/2".
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:28 AM   #27
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Lol yep and heís holding a knife. I have a twisted sense of humor !
Haha awesome!!!
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:50 AM   #28
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looks Good
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:02 AM   #29
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I don't know why some people think wood would have a mold problem while steel barrels don't? The steel barrels are not sealed at top and bottom, they have moisture in them too. I would use a metal barrel, but I don't see why wood would not work just fine.
Wood retains moisture, metal does not. Wood works fine for open ended feeders (troughs, gravity, etc.) because it can breath. Sealing a wood container (with a feeder mechanism) is asking for problems unless the wood is sealed or there is enough ventilation/air flow.
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:01 PM   #30
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Wood retains moisture, metal does not. Wood works fine for open ended feeders (troughs, gravity, etc.) because it can breath. Sealing a wood container (with a feeder mechanism) is asking for problems unless the wood is sealed or there is enough ventilation/air flow.
I wish I had pics of the one I built out of plywood back when I was 17-18, 30 plus years ago You guys would really laugh, but it lasted a long time. This was pre commercial timer motors, we used windshield wiper motors, cut the bottom out of Folgers coffee can and cut slots, bend to make the fins, drill a hole in center bolt to wiper motor- home made spinner plate. Make a dusk/dawn timer and you were set. To the OP I would use a bigger mesh, paint that feeder and get after it. It should work fine and last for years. Good job and nice build!
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:45 PM   #31
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I have one thatís going on 7 yrs old. Itís a self feeder but it holds up and have no issues with mold. I used treated plywood. It hold 200lbs.
Is that an elf on the shelf?
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:46 PM   #32
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Old 03-07-2019, 07:02 PM   #33
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nice build!
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:55 AM   #34
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I have one thatís going on 7 yrs old. Itís a self feeder but it holds up and have no issues with mold. I used treated plywood. It hold 200lbs.
The look on that deer's face; priceless...
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:40 AM   #35
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Looks neat.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:46 AM   #36
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IN for the update.
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:31 PM   #37
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Be sure to test it in the garage so you can see how little corn will make it out of the metal screen. Other than that it should work just fine if you coat the heck out of it. I would for sure go to a bigger metal prob one with at least 1 inch squares. Prob use a 1x2 mesh. run the 2 inch sideways.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:33 PM   #38
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That wood feeder will work just fine. Just make sure and paint several coats of paint on it and touch it up when needed. My grandpa and dad use to store grain in a wooden grain bin years ago for many years and never had a problem with mold or anything due to moisture. That wooden grain bin is still standing and is a storage shed now days for the woman who has it now. The only thing I would change would be the mesh but you can decide that after testing it and that's easy to do anyways.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:28 PM   #39
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It does look pretty professional
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:47 PM   #40
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What is going to be your cost when you finish? Good Luck
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