55 gal drums

woohoomanMarch 14, 2013

Anybody use these by cutting in half and making 2 large containers? How do they hold up to the sun and 25 gallons of medium? How many years can I expect them to last in the inland coastal "desert" that is SoCal?



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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I'm using them right now. Bought three 55 gal blue food grade drums last year, and cut them in half. Am using 2 halfs now, each with 25 gal of mix. Will fill remaining 4 halfs this year. Only first year using them, but they seem like they'll hold up great. Got mine for $10 each. Can't beat a 30 gal container for 5 bucks!! They look pretty good too.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:22PM
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Nice price! I know were on different sides of U.S., but where did you get yours? Maybe you can give me some ideas on where to search locally.



    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 10:25PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I put an add on Craig's list that I was looking for them. A guy that works for a car dealership takes home all the drums that had liquid soap in them for car detailing. All I had to do was wash them. I also saw some at a local car detailers shop. They also make white ones. They might be better for exterme heat and sun

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 2:40PM
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Thanks edweather. I might try that myself. What did you use to cut them? Sawzall?

I can't believe there aren't more posters on GW that haven't used these drums. Especially with the prices of true planting containers. Sure, 5 gal home depot buckets for 3 bucks are fine, but they break so easily.


    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:42PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I'm sure there are many methods that would work to cut them. A plain old crosscut saw rips through them easily, and it's easy to control as I worked my way around.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 3:57PM
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pattypan(z6b CT)

since i use these half drums for root veggies, i've always bought food grade ones. they are partially buried, with many 1/4" and 5/8" holes for drainage and worms only. some are 3 years old here in Ct. and have no sign of deteriorating. i don't know what constant sunshine would do ! (they make great rain barrels too.) no sign of vole damage. i like the 30 gal. because i can tip over the half drums and spill out potatoes and sweet potatoes. not pretty, but useful.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 12:18PM
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