Home Depot Homer Bucket vs Lowes Gray Buckets - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Home Depot Homer Bucket vs Lowes Gray Buckets

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-10-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
jakecpunut
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Mt. Airy "Mayberry", NC
Posts: 455
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts



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...

Thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,921
Liked 3190 Times on 1885 Posts


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.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 03:11 PM   #3
jakecpunut
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Mt. Airy "Mayberry", NC
Posts: 455
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


Kewl... thanks!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 04:23 PM   #4
Sheldon
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
woodbridge, va
Posts: 1,209
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts


I just bought 4 Lowes buckets for the same purpose.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 04:31 PM   #5
Catt22
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 4,998
Liked 70 Times on 63 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 04:33 PM   #6
weirdboy
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Los Angeles
Posts: 8,215
Liked 490 Times on 395 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 05:07 PM   #7
TomRep
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Fleetwood, PA
Posts: 1,002
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts


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.
Tom

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 05:10 PM   #8
LordUlrich
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Rochester, MN
Posts: 540
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


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.
__________________
Don't take any more faith in anything I say than you would anyone else on the internet. If you listen to what I say, then hurt your self or break something it is your own fault, I am just expressing my opinion or experience.
THINK for your self!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 05:31 PM   #9
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 52,711
Liked 8730 Times on 7014 Posts


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.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2011, 05:36 PM   #10
jakecpunut
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Mt. Airy "Mayberry", NC
Posts: 455
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts


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...

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can I use a new 5 gallon plastic bucket from Home depot ?? illnastyimpreza Equipment/Sanitation 54 03-14-2012 06:18 AM
Home Depot bucket wet vac rcrabb22 Equipment/Sanitation 14 11-27-2009 10:12 PM
Has anyone ever used the Orange Home depot buckets??? mikesalvo Equipment/Sanitation 28 05-19-2009 10:13 PM
Can I use a 5 gal Home Depot bucket for bottling? SDreher71 Equipment/Sanitation 16 10-17-2008 09:06 PM
Bulkhead fittings from Home Depot/ Lowes? Lounge Lizard Equipment/Sanitation 17 04-01-2006 06:22 AM


Forum Jump