Bunker Tarps Buying Guide

By: Elizabeth Horsfall

Posted on: 2018-05-31

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to store grains and prevent delays during harvesting season? Bunker tarps are the best solution for grain storage. Before you start purchasing these tarps, here are a few things to consider.

Quantity of grain to be stored

This is a major element to consider when buying bunker tarps, determine first the quantity of grain you need to store. Once you computed the estimated volume of grain, then, you will have a rough idea on how many tarps will be needed.

Get the diameter of the base of a pile

When the grain is dumped in a pile form, the shape created takes the resemblance of a cone. So, the next thing you have to get after deriving the estimated volume of grain is the diameter of the base of a pile. Why? This will give you an idea on how much polytarp will be used in the building of bunker tarps. You can use for computation the formula of Thomas W. Dorn to get the actual size of the tarpaulin. How? You simply multiply the number of bushels of grain needing storage by 17.95 for barley, 20.49 for wheat or 22.52 for Durham wheat. The diameter you get in feet is the cube root of that number. However, if you want a more accurate calculation of the exact area of the bunker tarps needed to complete your grain storage, contact a reliable supplier of tarpaulin products and ask assistance.

Prepare the site

Now that you know the volume of grain and number of tarps you will need to construct bunker tarps, the next concern is the site where you will build them. Make sure you prepare the site. You can start by picking the perfect location like somewhere flat, free from any sharp or pointed object and other waste material that could puncture the base sheet of bunker tarps. Be sure the site has good drainage system, meaning water should naturally pour down on both sides of the cone and can be channeled away from the cone.

Why use bunker tarps?

The following are the common reasons why many farm owners build bunker tarps:

For more information about bunker tarps and other protective shelters needed at your farming business, talk to any of the experts at Polytex and let them help you find the best temporary storage solution.