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Old 01-10-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hey folks, I've got a Barley Crusher on the way and plan on buying a couple of 50# bags of 2 row (when I find the best price)

I know several of you use the Homer Buckets from Home Depot for grain storage but I've not seen any (unless I missed while searching) anyone using the gray paint buckets that Lowe's has.

Since it'll be for grain storage only (no fermenting etc) are there any problems with the Gray buckets vs the Orange ones? Size the same etc etc?

I have a local Lowes, but no Home Depot... didn't want to make the drive to Home Depot if I could just use the ones from Lowe's...

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They're both fine. They're really ubiquitous. Any generic hardwarestore cheap a$$ plastic buckets will work fine. We just refer to homer bucketes because everyone knows what they are....It's sort of like xerox, or Kleenex, the product name just becomes the descriptor for all of them.

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I just bought 4 Lowes buckets for the same purpose.

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I'm not happy with the orange Homer bucket lids. I keep busting them when I remove them even when using the special tool for the job. I think I will try some of the Lowe's buckets and see if they are any better. My bucket list is growing.

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As I recall, the Lowes buckets are confirmed as food safe from the manufacturer, but the Homer buckets there has been some trepidation about the dye used and nobody (so far as I know) has gotten confirmation one way or another.

I use the Homer buckets for grain storage myself, so it's not like I'm particularly worried about it for that purpose. I probably wouldn't ferment in one, though.

Last time I was at Lowe's I couldn't find any buckets. They aren't like HD where they keep the buckets around all the time. Apparently at Lowe's they sell out of the buckets, or the lids, or both, and they just don't care about restocking them, even though they must have HUGE margins and the things sell like crazy.

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I absolutely hate the lids on the Lowes buckets. Pain in the butt to get the lids off since the "lip" on the lid is so small.
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The Lowes buckets are lighter than the other types i can find around me (i don't have Home Depot within 100 miles, not sure about those). I think the heavy ones are better, i broke a Lowes one by filling it with water and setting it down a bit hard.

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IMO, HD buckets are superior because of the seal on the lid. Yes, they're harder to get off than the Lowe's lids, but I feel the HD lids seal better. And yes, I've used both.

Also, fyi that HD lids will melt and smoke really bad if you put them on your flat top range and turn on the wrong burner.

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I had forgotten about our local lowes FOOD store.. they have a bakery and I remember getting a 3 gallon bucket they used for icing a year or so ago... Just happened to think about that and wonder if they carry 5 gallon buckets? I know they're willing to give them all away so I guess I need to stop by and see...

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