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bodger

Shelving?

We're running out of space on the shelving that we have to store our bottles , so we need to buy some more. We have eleven foot of wall space available and the shelving can be up to around six foot tall. The shelves would need to take both 75cl wine bottles and the stumpy 500ml beer bottles. We haven't got a lot of space, so need them to be able to take as many bottles as possible, Its looking as though we may need to store about a 1000 bottles more than we currently have space for. My job today, especially as it looks like rain all day here, is to try and source a suitable sturdy but cost effective unit. Getting the right item to suit our requirements looks as though it could be a bit of a headache. Help!
Gareth

Get a load of euro pallets, saw them in half, remove the bottom lead boards from the blocks and then stack them one on top of the other so that the blocks give you the space for flat racking the bottles. 2 or 3 bottles to each slat groove, floor to ceiling should do the trick for you.


Use this system for a couple of years, then when you have improved your cash flow and you can afford to buy in decent bottle racking and shelving burn the pallet wood.
bodger

We can't store the bottles on their sides because of where the natural sediment will settle.
Gareth

Was it Bulmers in Hereford who racked their cider bottles upright but neck down to collect the sediment?

Then they froze the sediment in the neck of the bottle, turned it the right way up and allowed the gases to push the frozen sediment plug out leaving a crystal clear cider in the bottles ready for capping.
Gareth

bodger wrote:
We can't store the bottles on their sides because of where the natural sediment will settle.


What you need is a truck load of made from durable plastic, stacking bottle crates that fit onto a euro pallet.
bodger

We bought these on the internet last night.

http://www.bigdug.co.uk/shelving-.../3-bay-shelving-mega-deals-pp1404

MD4B
Gareth

They are the same sets of shelves that I have in my workshop.

Did yours come with MDF shelves?  If so you are going to need to seal them with a good exterior varnish or gloss paint (including coats of primer and undercoat) otherwise the damp will get in and they will become covered in mould & mildew, warp and bend, and then crack and break.

My MDF shelf tops went during the first winter that I had them (the damp still got into them even in a dry but un-heated workshop), and have since been replaced with 16 mm exterior plywood reclaimed from the pallets used to deliver hot tubs on.
bodger

Good idea Gareth. Will do.

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