This Video of How Grain Bins are Built May Surprise You
Drive down any highway in middle America and you’ll see them: shiny steel grain bins, standing tall on wide, open plains of farmland. Grain bin sizes range from 15 to 154-feet in diameter, with heights sometimes exceeding 135 feet. The largest bin currently on the market can house a whopping 1.34 million bushels of grain.
And while the majority of grain bins are used on farms for feed storage, not everyone is using them for corn and wheat. Media outlets from Forbes to Treehugger have written about people who convert recycled grain bins into new homes. It’s not a bad idea, as once they’re re-constructed into a livable space, inhabitants capitalize on both the sturdiness of the structures and the low-maintenance required to care for them.
But despite the (often indirect) prevalence of grain bins in our lives, how many of us ever stop to consider how grain bins are constructed? What does it really take to turn galvanized steel coils into gargantuan holders?
If you’ve ever pondered that question, consider this your lucky day.
Brock Grain, a grain storage company with offices in Indiana, Iowa and Missouri, released a time-lapse video documenting the build of two 132-foot grain bins, each capable of holding 1.18 million bushels of grain.
We were surprised to see the speed and also the process of how these incredible structures are raised. Click here to watch the video.