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Old 05-10-2008, 07:11 PM
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How much rice , flour or beans will your average 5 gal bucket hold in lbs? this way i can gauge my purchases without buying too much or too little. just starting this prepping stuff and dont want to buy 50 lbs of something if only 30 lbs will fit.

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In a round about way I know the answer. I had 50 pounds of regular rice and used it to fill 56 two-cup (16 oz) plastic bottles. That is seven gallons in space. So a 5 gallon bucket will hold 35.71 pounds of rice. That also means 50 pounds of rice would fill 28 one-quart bottles. Flour is slightly more compact than rice so more might fit in a 5-gallon bucket.

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I heard 80 cups fit in 1 five gallon pail.
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5 gal, fits in a 5 gal pale it will not fit any more !!!lol!!!!!
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I heard 80 cups fit in 1 five gallon pail.
Liquids yes, four cups to a quart, four quarts to a gallon. The headache is changing weight into volume.
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5 gal, fits in a 5 gal pale it will not fit any more !!!lol!!!!!
How many pounds?
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Well, that depends on density and surface area. A 5 gallon pail will hold 80 cups of each of those products (Rice, Flour and Beans). However 80 cups of each of those products will weigh differently (ie: brown rice weighs more than white rice). Measure the weight of 1 cup of each product you intend to store, then multiply by 80.

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Here is a list of common densities in kg/m^3, but for pounds per five gallons you need to convert. There is 0.018927 m^3 to five gallons, so for rice with a density of 753 kg/m^3:
(0.018927 * 753) * 2.2 = 31.35 lbs
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Weight does not necessarily indicate volume.Things weigh different amounts.And the moiisture content plays a factor.A gallon is equal to 231 cubic inches,volume.
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In my side of the woods, the volume of a bucket wich holds 5 gal. would be 5 gal. as well. But youŽll need the density (as confucius says) of the food you want to put inside in order to know how much weight will contain.
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depending on the grain size and shape 35 to 38 pounds.
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I can usually fit about 20lbs of raw grain (with husks) in a 5 gal bucket.
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I agree with Castlemom, I typically get between 34-39 pounds for the total weight, rice type I use is Basmati, total weight includes the 5 gallon bucket and a Gamma seal. My digital scale is supposedly accurate to within a half pound, so use the numbers above as a fair estimate. The variation in weight is puzzling, possible I just got in a hurry and did not shake the rice down enough. I think the bucket and Gamma seal weigh about 3 pounds. You can tap the bucket while filling and squeeze in a little more than a straight pour. The polyester bags were not worth weighing. Hope this helps
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25 lbs. of brown rice, lightly packed. I fill only up to the first lip of generic 5 gallon bucket that you can buy at Lowe's. I leave a 2 inch gap from very top so I can close up the plastic liner/bag that I use as extra protection against air/moisture. So, yes, if you compact & fill up to the very top, 30-32 pounds is no problem.
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I agree with Castlemom, I typically get between 34-39 pounds for the total weight, rice type I use is Basmati, total weight includes the 5 gallon bucket and a Gamma seal.
My figure was 35.71 pounds, close..
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5 gallon buckets are way too important to only have 1. Buy 50. If only thirty fit, buy 50 more and fill two more buckets. I eat enough rice that I simply filled a bucket and my rice tuppreware (big) and then ate the remainder in the bag over the next week when I did my first bucket of rice.
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Im sorta broke at the moment so im doing my prepping at like 15$ a week
i just dont want 100 lbs of rice and nothing else, that way i know what can fit into a bucket without going over my weekly expendature and vary my prep items rice, lentels, pasta, beans, flour etc. If i only had just a 100 lbs of rice that would get pretty old very fast, rice again.... yum.

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Also, you can fit less larger beans in a 5 gallon pail than you can smaller beans due to the space between them.
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If anyone wants their food to last longer they should purge it with nitrogen. A good way to do that without having to buy a tank is to have an Air Conditioning service person come do an A/C maintenance and have him purge your buckets while hes there for some quick cash. They all carry these tanks and most would have no problem making a few extra bucks doing this for you
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Quickfoods.com will ship anything for 5 buck if you order more than $75.00
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