When an old bin goes to the wayside do you typically just tear it down? One Stanton, Iowa man breathed new life into an old grain bin.
Jeb Clark took a dilapidated grain bin off his neighbors hands—the problem? The floor was beyond repair, but lucky for Clark he didn’t need the floor.
“We took the first row of panels and the roof,” he says. He transported the whole rig from his neighbor’s house to his house with a little creativity and a skid loader. Once the bin was at his house the real work began.
“We marked every seam and outlined the roof,” Clark explains. “Then we put posts at every seam four foot into the ground and reattached and squared the roof.”
He later poured a concrete floor, added more support for the roof and installed a ceiling fan to complete his “binzebo.”
Since completing the original binzebo he’s added a few finishing touches such as a covered walkway, LED lighting and a fire pit.
“I added the fire pit to the outside because it would take a really big fan to get the smoke to flow through the vent,” Clark says. “Plus it’s only an 18 foot bin, once you add chairs there’s not much space for it.”
Clark says the binzebo has become a fun hangout spot for his family and friends. He thanks his friends for their labor and the National FFA Organization’s education in woodworking, welding and electricity for helping provide him the skills he needed to complete the project.
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