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Old 01-10-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Blue 'drums' food safe?

I've got a small blue drum which is 30L I think, with a clamp on top and handles that I was thinking of using as a bright tank. I can't find any markings on it other then 'this side up' arrows and a manufacture date dial. I believe it originally had glucosimine for cattle in it. I may be able to get a few more and thinking they would make a good fermenter too.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Unless it has markings indicating it is HDPE I would avoid it
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Try and find the recycling number on the plastic somewhere its a triangle of arrows with a number in it. That will tell you what the pastic is made from....and decide from there....if theres nothing on it then assume its a mixed bag #7.......

I found this on the net on the numbers:

"plastics #2, #4 and #5 are generally considered safe. Plastic #1 is safe too but should not be re-used due to the risk of growing bacteria. Any other plastic should be used with extreme caution, especially around food or drink. The risk is even greater when heating food. For microwaving in particular, remember that microwave safe containers arenít necessarily healthy. They just wonít melt. In general, itís better to avoid microwaving plastic entirely and stick to glass"
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