Pierre man plans to creatively repurpose grain bins

Shannon Marvel smarvel@aberdeennews.com
Farm Forum

A South Dakota man is brainstorming different ways to use grain bins, most of which have nothing to do with agriculture.

Brett Hansen, of Pierre, is creating plans to convert an old grain bin into a children’s play fort in anticipation his grandchildren, who are expected to be born in March.

“We’re going to build a stair casing side and put a window in it for my grandkids,” Hansen said.

Hansen also plans to use old grain bins for kennels for the hunting dogs he raises.

“What we’re thinking about doing out at the ranch is making dog kennels out of the grain bins and spray foam to insulate them and put wire to them,” Hansen added.

Hansen said converting old grain bins can prove more useful than taking the bins apart and selling the scrap metal remains.

“They’re kind of neat looking. Nowadays they’re just not very efficient of useful for anything. You drive around and every farmer has a bunch of them on their land. It’s not cost efficient for me to tear them down and sell them for steel. It’s not worth it,” he said.

“We’ve got over 70 years of stuff accumulated and I’m trying to get rid of it. Every young farmer that’s taking over his family’s farm is facing the same situation.”

Hansen said each grain bin is composed of about 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of steel.

“Why waste them when they stood the test of time,” Hansen said. “They’re from the ’50s and ’60s and they’re still sitting where they’ve been put up. They should stand around for another 100 years.”

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