When it comes to storing coal, what matters most is that you have an environment that’s protected from any fire risks and that it’s easily accessible. Thankfully, coal is not only inexpensive, but it’s also indefinitely effective, so you don’t have to worry about it “going bad” when you don’t have to use it. Here are a few ideas on how to store it both inside and outside the home.
Inside the home
If you don’t have enough exterior space, having your coal indoors can make it much easier to reach for when you need it.
In a coal bucket: These are often used to temporarily store coal that’s brought in from the outdoors, but you can just as easily use multiple to store several small amounts. The rim has an open lip, too, which makes it easier to safely tip the coat into the fire. If you’re worried about a mess, you can get buckets that come with small shovels or lids, too.
In a storage space: If you’re lucky enough to have extra storage space, whether it’s a cupboard, cubby, or cellar, then this can make an excellent place to store full bags of coal without worrying about having to make a mess.
In a storage basket: Repurposing a storage basket means you could store a significantly greater amount of coal than a single bucket would allow. They come in a range of sizes and styles so you can create a storage solution that’s practical while also fitting your décor style. Plastic tubs are a cheaper option, but they can be kept out of the way if they clash with your style too much.
Outside the home
Coal can be a bit messy, producing coal dust when its moved around, so most prefer to store it outdoors.
The coal bunker: The traditional option, purpose designed, these plastic or steel bunkers are easily assembled, resilient, and can carry a lot of coal. They’re easy to tuck against the side of the top or next to the shed, too, so they don’t draw too much attention.
In a dustbin: If you want, you can repurpose an old, unused dustbin. This is just as practical, with a significant depth making it easy to store a lot of coal in there. We recommend cutting a hole at the bottom of the front panel of the bin so that it’s much easier to shovel coal out when you want to use it, too.
In a pile: While it might not be the most aesthetically pleasant way of storing coal, there’s nothing wrong with piling the coal up in whatever space you have available, especially if you want to order more than the other methods can handle. There’s no need to protect it from the elements or shelter it, after all.
Which method works best for you?
A coal bunker is the most commonly preferred storage method, but any of the above options should work. Whether you want the large supply that’s easier to keep outdoors or a smaller, but more readily available indoor option, we hope the tips above have helped.