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    Default 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Where does everyone get their honey processing buckets and are they food grade or simply Home Depot grade?

    Us Plastics has food grade buckets but they aren't cheap.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Our Lowes carries food grade plastic ones.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Tuz is correct. lowes carries FG buckets. they are just a touch more expensive than the normal ones, but not prohibitively so. search their website for

    Encore Plastics 5-Gallon Food Grade Plastic Bucket

    Item #: 356492 | Model #: 50640

    the price muight vary by location. Here it's just a bit under $4

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    If your just using it to transfer or short term storage (a couple days), then probably doesn't matter. Long term storage would make me wonder what is leaching out of the plastic.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    $3.99 for the bucket and $1.99 for the lid at Lowe's. Just bought one last week. Found it in the paint section. They are white and stamped "Food Grade" on them.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    There is a code (Google it) it's in the triangle on the bottom of the bucket
    I'm betting. Lowes Home Depot both are food grade

    I think it maybe be HDE that means food grade ??

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    I picked up a food-grade bucket at Lowes (for mixing syrup) ... I was surprised to see they carried them (actually they only had one in stock) and that they carried them in the PAINT department.

    But we've got two piddly hives and don't expect to extract much honey this first year. A full 5-gallon bucket seems like a waste. Any recommendations for sources for smaller food-grade containers? Gallon or two-gallon ice cream containers maybe?

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    I would recommend getting food grade, even if they are more money. I have found them at many different stores. Some grocery stores have bulk food sections where I have found buckets. I have also found them at some kitchen supply stores. I occasionally see them at Walmart.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    A local Chic-Fil-A manager is letting me get some of their one gallon mayonnaise buckets the year. Check with a similar establishment near you.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    The symbols on the recycle code as O.K. for food is 1,2,4,5 with 2 being actual food grade.
    I would not keep any honey very long in any plastic and never sell in plastic containers.
    But that's me.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebee View Post
    Any recommendations for sources for smaller food-grade containers? Gallon or two-gallon ice cream containers maybe?
    Most beer and wine supply stores carry glass gallon jars.The ones here are the small neck variety like cider comes in.They are about $13.00 for case of four.Price will probably vary depending on location.
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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    I've only got 3 hives, so I use 1 gallon buckets. I get them for free from the grocery store. The bakery there makes lots of cakes and they buy all the frosting in 1 gallon buckets. Then they trash the bucket. Just walk up to the bakery and ask.

    I get my free burlap from a nearby coffee house. All the beans get shipped in burlap bags and they toss hundreds of bags per week.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Food grade for honey, any grade for carrying euquipment. Only my white buckets are food grade so it's easy to spot them.
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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Grocery stores with a bulk section (mine is a Winco) often carry them. Also many doughnut shops generate a supply which they sell cheap ( their fillings come in them ).

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    What is it about a plastic that makes it food grade? The chemical composition of the plastic? Is food grade plastic coated w/ something for some reason?
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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    What is it about a plastic that makes it food grade? The chemical composition of the plastic? Is food grade plastic coated w/ something for some reason?
    Food grade is made with virgin plastic, absolutely no post consumer recycled plastic.

    Most everything else has some to save on costs.

    I get gallon, 2 gallon, 3.5 & 5gal all with lids for 50 cents to $2 from my local grocery store bakery.

    Oh, and most of the color dye additives used are not certified food safe.
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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Yep, at a bakery or grocery store with bakery deli. As others said several sizes. Much cheaper than Home Depot or Lowes. Just a buck or two and sometimes free otherwise they go to the landfill.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Quote Originally Posted by WPG View Post
    Food grade is made with virgin plastic, absolutely no post consumer recycled plastic.
    Why?
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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    I've actually spoken with Encore Plastic about their buckets. Any of their white or clear-ish buckets are food grade HDPE. That's most of the buckets you'll find new.

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    Default Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    What is it about a plastic that makes it food grade? The chemical composition of the plastic? Is food grade plastic coated w/ something for some reason?
    That's a very good question that I have often wondered about myself.

    HDPE with a '2' in the recycle symbol. Cheap at walmart. Make sure the lid has the same markings.
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