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Old 02-02-2009, 12:43 AM
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I was in the market for a couple 5 gallon containers, and seeing as how I work at Lowe's, I thought I would try there. I searched on the site and found I need to check the label, it will say "food safe" or have a code. The container had neither, only "drowning hazard". The reason I ask is some members have said Lowe's containers are safe, I just want to make sure before I buy a couple.
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I bought a few of the white 5 gal buckets and I had a problem with them sealing properly... I ended up going to Dunkin Donuts and getting them to call me whenever they have a bunch laying around... they are only 3.5 gal but they work all the same..
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I bought a few of the white 5 gal buckets and I had a problem with them sealing properly... I ended up going to Dunkin Donuts and getting them to call me whenever they have a bunch laying around... they are only 3.5 gal but they work all the same..
Oh, nice, do they charge you anything for them? I might have to make a trip down to the local DD
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Oh, nice, do they charge you anything for them? I might have to make a trip down to the local DD
Not a penny... They throw them away anyway.

They give them to me dirty so I have to clean them, but it is worth it...
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If one were to use a metalized food grade plastic bag would the food-grade ness of the container matter?

I got mine from emergency essentials.
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If one were to use a metalized food grade plastic bag would the food-grade ness of the container matter?

I got mine from emergency essentials.
I would say it would be fine... But I am not legally bound to that answer
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I have used Lowe's white HDPE (number 2) buckets in the past no problem. Note, buckets are getting thinner over time, as manufacturers try to skimp on materials to make their product cheaper. I think HDPE (number 2) is the only plastic that can be certified to be food grade. To sell the bucket as a food grade item I believe a HDPE bucket has to be inspected or paperwork filed, something like that. Number 2 is good enough for me.

Yesterday I bought some gray (no recycling number) buckets at Lowes, I will use them for storing other items, not my food bags. The people at Lowes did not know why this shipment to the store were gray. I suspect it is just a cost issue, the gray buckets were cheaper, made from mystery plastic, and when it comes to paint no body cared. I am not too worried about the buckets material properties as the bag is the real seal. The buckets lip was not as well formed, rough, so it may be a concern for some applications. The lip is the part of the bucket that compresses against the lids O-ring seal.
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i noticed my couple years old tool bucket is thicker than the ones out now. Now i know im not crazy
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I have many of em, see pics, loaded with rice n beans in baggies/bags/etc...

also loaded with cans of tuna in oil, each bucket will hold 77 cans....

I bought em brand new....

I also buy fron Northern Tool, drop a trash bag in and dump my dogs kibble into that, seal it up, never had any issues...
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I wouldn't have any problem using them for dry foods.
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The only reason you need food grade buckets is if your food actually touches the bucket.

The "They gotta be food safe" meme is a left over from the day when survivalists packed their food directly in the bucket with dry ice.

Mylar and O2 absorber, is a better way to store dry food, which replaced that earlier technology.

If you are packing food in Mylar bags then you are fine with just about any bucket.

Also, 5 gallon buckets are pretty commonly used but anything that is air tight and rodent resistant is fine.

An old refrigerator or freezer.
Large trash can, metal or plastic. A few rounds of packing tape around the lid to make it bug and air tight.
used metal paint cans
55 gallon drums, plastic or metal
large pipe, capped

Probably a bunch of things I can't think of.

In fact, I've heard of people who simply bag their preps in sealed Mylar bags with O2 absorbers and put them on a shelf.
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