A system is now under consideration by which the present method of storing grain I will be completely revolutionised. Should it prove a success, says a contemporary, the elevators now m general use will become Obsolete, and every farmer will be able to store his grain for years at little cost and no risk. The inventor maintains that he can manufacture steel tanks of any required capacity, at a cost averaging from 4c. to sc, say2dto3£d for each bushel of capacity, as against 40c to 50c. now expended on wooden elevators. The tanks will be filled with grain by a simple process. When the tank is full, a percentage of air is exhausted and a quantity of carbonic acid gas admitted. The valves are then closed and the grain will keep sound for years. Having exhausted the oxygen there is no chance of fermentation, and, as a consequence, no decay or rot. At the same time all animal life perishes, and the grain is secure against the ravages of weevils, which are so destructive. With a tank costing 500 dollars, the farmer has storage for 16,000 bushels, and can hold his crop against low prices until the market improves. Fire cannot burn it, nor damp nor rain cannot injure it. The process by which the grain is nianipulatedfis as simple as ifc is effective. It consists of an airtight receiver, leading from which is a large pipe so arranged as to be held over the grain m the receiver it is desired, to unload. By means of a suction fan the air is exhausted m the receiver, and rushing to fill the vacuum is sufficient, it is said, to draw the grain into the pipe, through which it passes to'the tank. Should the process prove n success, it will most effectively pub an end to the proceedings of those persons whose business appears to be the making of fictitious valuations of breadstuffs.
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Storing Grain., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890
Storing Grain. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2470, 21 July 1890
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