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    Default Free shipping on 5 gallon buckets - maybe more items!

    I needed some 5 gallon buckets along with some other items and put together an order on Dadant's website. Their 5 gallon buckets are marked as not eligible for free shipping. When checking out, no shipping was added to my order. I called and was told they are experiencing a computer glitch and no shipping is being added. So I saved a bit on shipping. May not last long. Glitch may carry over to other items as well.
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    Default Re: Free shipping on 5 gallon buckets - maybe more items!

    Just a heads up that you can get food grade 5 gallon buckets from Lowe's

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    If you scout out your local food making facilities (say, ice cream makers) - you just may get those food grade buckets for FREE.
    I scored about twenty 5-gallon and 4-gallon buckets.
    Can get more even, if I care.
    Maybe I should start reselling those buckets on BS... Hehe.
    They just set the buckets out for taking by anyone.
    FREE.

    You know, if you are into saving few bucks on shipping, then you should be into getting the stuff for nothing at all.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Krispy Kreme doughnut shops throw away about 20 or 30 buckets per week. They have to be cleaned, but with a paint scraper and some soap and water, they are very usable. Most come with lids.
    NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antarctica View Post
    Just a heads up that you can get food grade 5 gallon buckets from Lowe's
    That is where I got mine. Less than $5.00 each with lids. No running around asking (begging) for buckets and no pickle smell from the sub shops.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    That is where I got mine. Less than $5.00 each with lids. No running around asking (begging) for buckets and no pickle smell from the sub shops.
    Yep - easy peasy, no BS or cleaning. Plus all the tops fit all the buckets. I picked up another stack of 6 last week, but those were for rice ;-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antarctica View Post
    Just a heads up that you can get food grade 5 gallon buckets from Lowe's
    A friend of mine had 3 of those split from the weight of the honey.
    Last edited by JWPalmer; 08-01-2019 at 08:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieRob View Post
    A friend of mine had 3 of those split from the weight of the honey.
    Just to be sure, we are talking about the white food grade bucket manufactured by Encore Plastics? The blue ones are not food grade and mine have not held up well either.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieRob View Post
    A friend of mine had 3 of those split from the weight of the honey.
    How old were they? Were they stored outside? I have found that some of the food grade buckets that I have outside (with veggies in them, I need to make a real garden) only last 2-3 years until they get really brittle and break easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmer_fud View Post
    How old were they? Were they stored outside? I have found that some of the food grade buckets that I have outside (with veggies in them, I need to make a real garden) only last 2-3 years until they get really brittle and break easily.
    They were purchased just before he extracted honey. The bottom split while they were being filled from the extractor. I purchased some from tractor supply and the handles ripped out with the weight of a half bucket of water.

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    Default Re: Free shipping on 5 gallon buckets - maybe more items!

    Quote Originally Posted by Antarctica View Post
    Just a heads up that you can get food grade 5 gallon buckets from Lowe's
    And at Home Depot. We bought two a week or so ago as we are going to need more for this year's honey harvest...the bees were very busy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    That is where I got mine. Less than $5.00 each with lids. No running around asking (begging) for buckets and no pickle smell from the sub shops.
    yup same for me.

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    Ya, the ones Lowe’s carries are probably the best and cheapest I’ve found.
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    Have a middle eastern diner nearby; gyro joint. He gets tahini in 5 gal buckets, with lids, gaskets. Gives me as many as I need; I buy a gyro or bring him a pint of honey from time to time.

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    Lowes lids are too soft to stack or ship. They have a new supplier this year.
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    Also, as a premium product, we aall should use NEW food grade packaging at all times. None of the used junk promotes a healthy image!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by funwithbees View Post
    Also, as a premium product, we aall should use NEW food grade packaging at all times. None of the used junk promotes a healthy image!!!
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    So just to gain some clarity, Washed food grade buckets, to store bee vomit in can cause a unhealthy image? So the place the customers see in my case does not have the buckets, they are used for a day or 2 to fill Jars. I would have to respectfully disagree. BTW the ones you use by year 2 are needing washing and are used just like ours. IMO most 5 gal food grade buckets can be used more than once and do not cause an image problem. However if you buy new and toss them each year , I support your doing than, it is after all a free country still.

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    dup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Goose View Post
    .... bee vomit ....
    Hahaha!
    Donno - too many people don't even know this obvious fact.
    I have been educating some in my office.

    Pretty sure, these dirty, unwashed bees need to swallow/vomit back the nectar several times (5-10-20??) before it becomes this goo called "honey".
    They repeatedly spit into the honey too - those beneficial ferments, you know.

    I am not going to even reiterate where and how the bees collect their water - some nasty, nasty places.
    Then bring that crap into the hives and spray it all over (honey and all).


    PS: I still need wash off that commercial ice-cream from my buckets; may actually end up building a bucket extractor this summer - actually need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Hahaha!
    Donno - too many people don't even know this obvious fact.
    Pretty sure, the dirty, unwashed bees need to swallow/vomit back the nectar several times (5-10) before it becomes this goo called "honey".
    I am not going to even reiterate where and how the bees collect their water - some nasty, nasty places.
    Then bring that crap into the hives and spray it all over.
    yes GregV,, in the stomach and out,,,, sorry folks if I derailed the thread into a "new " arena. The bees lick out the cells before storing the Honey as well, Hmm lick out the jar before filling it. And the wax is bee "sweat" so sealed in Sweat,, Hmm I think I am going to have a Bagel with honey, this discussion is making me hungry.

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