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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How much of X will fit in a 5 gallon bucket

One of the most common search phrases that leads people to my site is “How much of x will fit in a 5 gallon bucket”. So for your conveince here is the information that I have gathered from both books, the internet and personal experiance.

  • Rice = 34-36 lbs.
  • Wheat = 34-36 lbs.
  • Cracked Wheat = 25-28 lbs.
  • Popcorn (unpopped of course) = 34-36 lbs.
  • Corn = 32-36 lbs.
  • Cornmeal = 22-27 lbs.
  • Flour = 23-25 lbs.
  • Rolled oats = 15-19 lbs.
  • Macaroni = 16-23 lbs.
  • Powdered Milk = 22-25 lbs.
  • Sugar - white = 29-34 lbs.
  • Sugar - brown = 30-36 lbs.
  • Salt = 36-38 lbs.
  • Navy beans = 35-38 lbs.
  • Whole or Split peas = 33-35 lbs.
  • Black Beans = 33-35 lbs.
  • Lentils = 30-33 lbs.
  • Black eye peas = 30-33 lbs.

There you have it and I hope it helps. Remember to use food grade buckets when storing your food. On a side note I picked up an empty paint bucket from Home Depot because it had a recycle symbol with a 2 in it. I have read that you can assume if you see that then the bucket is food grade but I did some research and found conflicting reports so I called the manufacture and they confirmed the the paint buckets they sell are NOT food grade. This should let you know that you can’t just trust the recycle symbol on a bucket. Verify with the manufacture before using any bucket you are unsure of. A common sense rule would be if it has the recycle symbol with a 2 and you know it previously held food then it should be safe (insert evil smiley for stating the odvious).


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