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Old 07-11-2018, 11:39 PM   #1
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So I'm making 2 deer feeders from 55gal steel drum, but I have a slight concern. The barrels aren't "food grade" barrels. Will this pose an issue? I did wash and scrub them down with Dawn liquid soap with plenty of water rinses.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:43 PM   #2
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You'll be fine with em
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:45 PM   #3
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I would think they will be fine unless they had some really bad stuff in them to start with!

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Old 07-11-2018, 11:45 PM   #4
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So I'm making 2 deer feeders from 55gal steel drum, but I have a slight concern. The barrels aren't "food grade" barrels. Will this pose an issue? I did wash and scrub them down with Dawn liquid soap with plenty of water rinses.


I donít think it will matter. Are you worried about what was in the drum before? Some of the drums are painted on the outside with different paint and some hold up better than others.


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Old 07-11-2018, 11:51 PM   #5
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I don’t think it will matter. Are you worried about what was in the drum before? Some of the drums are painted on the outside with different paint and some hold up better than others.


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The drum was painted yellow on the inside and its black on the outside. Here's a pic of the feeder. As you can see I shorten it by 11.5" since I only fill a regular 55gal drum feeder half way(about 175lbs). This will take 200lbs of feed with just a tad to spare. The plastic lid fits super snug. The legs are 6" long cut at an angle to create a wide base. Thanks gents.


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Old 07-12-2018, 08:32 AM   #6
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I have one that came with an ingredient to make fire and nuclear proof insulation. It's over 20 years old and no 3 eyed deer yet
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:47 AM   #7
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The drum was painted yellow on the inside and its black on the outside. Here's a pic of the feeder. As you can see I shorten it by 11.5" since I only fill a regular 55gal drum feeder half way(about 175lbs). This will take 200lbs of feed with just a tad to spare. The plastic lid fits super snug. The legs are 6" long cut at an angle to create a wide base. Thanks gents.

Just curious, why only 1/2 full? I have a 30 gallon barrel and it holds 4 sacks without a funnel. Iím switching to 55 gal so I donít have to fill them as often
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Whereíd you get that lid?
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:20 AM   #9
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Whereíd you get that lid?
Looks like the plastic lids you can get at academy. I would look for a metal one. Less likely to fly off and squirrels can't chew a hole in them.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:04 AM   #10
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IF your lid seals tight, you may have problems with condensation during big temp changes and that will make it a really nasty mess inside with spoiled corn. Been there, done that!
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:18 PM   #11
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IF your lid seals tight, you may have problems with condensation during big temp changes and that will make it a really nasty mess inside with spoiled corn. Been there, done that!


Yup. Too tight makes a big mess. The corn needs to breathe
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:59 PM   #12
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IF your lid seals tight, you may have problems with condensation during big temp changes and that will make it a really nasty mess inside with spoiled corn. Been there, done that!
I've got the metal lids that I have to beat down on top they fit so snug and have not had a problem in the 8 years I've been using them. Your corn molded up on you?
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:12 PM   #13
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Just curious, why only 1/2 full? I have a 30 gallon barrel and it holds 4 sacks without a funnel. Iím switching to 55 gal so I donít have to fill them as often [/QUOTE]

Since I'm at my lease twice a month I figured 200lbs of corn would be sufficient. From what I can figure out the feeder dispenses about 35lbs very two wks, so 200lbs will last almost 3months at that rate. My other lease buddies have been using the same lid(Academy $19.99) for several years with no issues with mold or damage from mice. Of course my mileage might vary so we'll see how it goes.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:30 PM   #14
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I've got the metal lids that I have to beat down on top they fit so snug and have not had a problem in the 8 years I've been using them. Your corn molded up on you?
Yes it has and yes it will.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:41 PM   #15
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Deer can't read the label on the barrel

You will be fine
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:48 PM   #16
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I have the plastic lid from Academy fits loose over the barrel but then you tighten the thumb screws on each side to the barrel and it can't fly off as the thumb screws are now under the barrel rim.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:18 PM   #17
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I have the plastic lid from Academy fits loose over the barrel but then you tighten the thumb screws on each side to the barrel and it can't fly off as the thumb screws are now under the barrel rim.
If you hunt etx, stay away from plastic. In 3 days time i had a squirrel chew a hole through a plastic lid, it then rained 6" over the course of the next week. I showed up to refill the feeder 6-8 weeks later and had about 150# of soured corn still in the feeder. I vowed to never use a plastic lid again.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:48 PM   #18
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The drum was painted yellow on the inside and its black on the outside. Here's a pic of the feeder. As you can see I shorten it by 11.5" since I only fill a regular 55gal drum feeder half way(about 175lbs). This will take 200lbs of feed with just a tad to spare. The plastic lid fits super snug. The legs are 6" long cut at an angle to create a wide base. Thanks gents.



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Old 07-17-2018, 04:02 PM   #19
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I like the 30 gal drums with grease off our service trucks. Pull the liner and good to go. I put Eye bolts 3/4 up and either suspend off a limb or between two trees.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:57 PM   #20
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I would never cut one, just fill it half way.
your corn “consumption” varies with time of throw and distance from funnel to spinner, not size of barrel.
I vary between 3 seconds and 8.
I also am a believer in metal lids. Worth it and quick to fill.

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