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55 gal barrels
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Dennis    Posted 03-03-2002 at 21:16:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello All,
Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I can go to get (for free): wood pallets, 5gal plastic buckets, and 55gal (non toxic) drums, either plastic or metal or both?

John    Posted 03-04-2002 at 21:15:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Autobody shops get alot of panels on pallets, most too irregular to reuse, and the repair shops gets steel drums, in odd sizes that aren't returnable, we give em away by the truckload. John

SteveD(TX)    Posted 03-04-2002 at 09:12:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
When i was a scout leader, we would send the boys out to the fast food restaurants for the 5 gallon plastic pickle buckets. They were always happy to get rid of 'em. Hard to get the pickle smell out though!

Spence    Posted 03-04-2002 at 06:13:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're readily available almost anywhere. I pay 10$ for my 45gal blue plastic barrels.
Anywhere where you have food processor factories
should have them.

Most of these types will melt if you put gasoline or petroleum products in them, the ones
where you can put gas in them are made of that special plastic and have a code stamped, I don't know the codes.

These barrels come with a snap on lid, so don't forget to ask for the lids.

I bought 4 in preparation of that drought we had last summer. I plan to fill them again this year just in case.


Jim (Mi)    Posted 03-04-2002 at 05:01:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I picked up 55 plastic barrels from the local car wash. Just need to wash them out, nothin major.

Les...fortunate    Posted 03-04-2002 at 03:36:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pallets are usually easy to come by. The place I work (electric utility) accumulates them and has a burn party a couple times a year for the ones that don't get hauled home by employees. Look around/ask around. Try any store that has stuff delivered on pallets, like a farm supply place.
For plastic pails, try a local McDonalds, Burger King, etc. I think they get pickles in pails which would be nice and clean. No worries about toxic stuff in 'em. Wouldn't hurt to ask.
As for the juice type barrels, keep your eyes open, read classified (Penny Saver type pubs). These will probably cost you money.
Are you in Massachusetts?

Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-04-2002 at 04:04:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For the 5 gal. buckets and those plastic barrels(most are 60 gal. juice barrels) I go to a great big bakery. They have them piled up, already washed, and handy out by the dock. If you are looking for 55 gal metal barrels, go to a road const. job and just ask and they will give you the empty ones so they don't have the bother of disposing of them when the job is complete.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-04-2002 at 04:10:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh yes, the pallets. I go to a great big ready mix co. in Okla. City (not a long ways from the giant bakery) and gather pallets about once a month. The 8x4 ft. ones that expansion joints come on are the ones I really like. You can take them apart and wind up with a lot of 1/2"x4"x8'pine boards that would otherwise cost a fortune to buy at a lumber store.

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