The Great Binzebo!

Let’s talk about a Bin-Buster!


Nervous he may not appreciate the idea to re-work the recently abandoned grain bin on the family farm, Gayle Voepel silently dreamed for two years before she presented the BINZEBO Project to her husband, Doug.

It is not every farm wife who wants to ask her husband to bust a piece of family history.  Doug’s father bought the farm in the 1950’s.  This Butler Bin, constructed in the 60’s and used until two years ago had the potential for new life–if Doug could see Gayle’s vision for The Great Binzebo.  Pinterest was lacking models-that is right Gayle created this vision without a Pinterest counterpart! But she is quick to give the credit to Doug, “No Pinterest involved. It was my idea that my husband took and ran with. He did an awesome job!”

Thankfully, for the 20,000 plus likers on Facebook, via Living The Country Life and Women in Agriculture, Doug used his washed out planting season to repurpose The Bin. (Eastern Missouri experienced abundant rainfall delaying planting and for some farmers, including Doug–prevented spring crop planting.)

The end of March marked the start of Spring and the beginning of The Binzebo Project.  First,the Voepel’s removed the blower, motor and electrical. Then, they pulled up the old bin floor–afraid of what they would find.  Pleasantly, there was only one crack and a concrete expert recommended they pour an overlay with a stamped design.  Before that step, they borrowed hand operated bin jacks to lower the structure to the ground.

Now with the bin at eye level, they repainted the galvanized metal and faced a big dilemma–should they paint over the “Butler”?

Gayle decided she wanted to keep the history and character of the old farm bin. The “Butler” received a new coat before being raised back in the country sky on 4×4 posts.

For all of you wondering about the Midwest Wind–Doug took extra caution to secure this top heavy structure utilizing 6X6’s reinforced with extra rebar in the concrete.

And that little pebble next to the Great Binzebo even received it’s own facebook comments–the explanation is simple Gayle likes rocks.  The North river runs through the family farm. Gayle is known to bring in unique pebbles, stones and this time a giant boulder that required special attention while on it’s journey across spring rain saturated soil.

But that was not the toughest part of the project–the railings with each metal spindle having to be placed individually and held just right, required several hands to install.

As Spring came to an end, so too came the end of construction.  In time for Gayle and Doug’s annual family reunion Fourth of July Style.

There are still finishing touches.  Concrete needs several coats of sealer–in between rains.  Those rains have meant a cooler summer, and so far Gayle does not foresee needing a ceiling fan, ” I have been pleased with how cool it is and there always seems to be a least a light breeze.”

The covered walkway, that used to house the dryer and motor, has future plans including a brick and rock fireplace bar area.

Last, but not least, Gayle has yet to take a photo at night showing the original light fixtures highlighting the new life of the Binzebo.

Gayle’s Favorite part of the project is the enthusiastic reaction from everyone who sees The Binzebo.  The Voepel’s one regret: not being able to incorporate the bin door into the Binzebo design–so it sits waiting for Gayle to dream another Country Living DIY dream.

The Great Binzebo now houses a bountiful harvest of family, friends and fun.

Thanks for stopping by for another random Friday in Farmland!

Talk to you soon,




  1. Just curious where I can find a grain silo for my patio? I don’t live on a farm or have access to any.

    • Cassie, that’s a great question. I would search craigslist, look up auctioneers in your nearest rural area, contact the county extension agents….even the agriculture department in your state…and ask them where you might purchase a used or new grain bin. I hope you can find a used one. You could get creative and send a poster to equipment dealers, farmer’s coops, contact the local farm bureau and advertise your search for a grain bin. You could purchase new…use this link to search for a local dealer.

    • Cassie there is a place in South West City, Missouri. I believe it is called BEACON Southwest Poultry Supply. I had stopped by and talked with them about 3 months ago. They have new ones as well as old ones. He quoted me like $275.00 for an old one. It was in a couple of pieces but it was all their. It is on Honey Creek Rd just north of the Arkansas/Missouri state line. I’m not sure where you are located but I agree with the other response, get on Craigslist or do a Google search. Hopes this helps somewhat.

  2. I just absolutely love this! Would you mind if I shared this post to my Facebook business page?

  3. Found the phone number if you need it. 417-762-3201

  4. RH Hutchins says:

    Marvelous creativity and execution!!! You two are very creative people. Thank you for sharing your project with the world.

    I don’t know the diameter of the floor space, but it looks big enough to me to accommodate a central fire pit. By hanging a grill over it, you would turn it into an outdoor cooking surface. That dryer/blower platform looks ideal for a pizza and bread oven.

  5. I am so thankful that you did this post. This is exactly what I wanted to do to an old bin that is sit ting on our property. I could see it in my mine but wasn’t for sure how it could be done. I am wanting to make a family picnic area and incorporate the old bin into the it. This is it!!

  6. Love it! We have quite a few abandoned bins, so I think we may do this. Thanks for all your advice and sharing your story.

  7. Hi just wondering what size grain bin you used?

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