Does anyone know where I can get the best price on water drums? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

The cheapest I have seen for a 30 gallon water drum is around $45.oo not including Shipping and handling. There is another place essential something which is lower but by the time you add up S & H and other subtle fees, it will run you around $60 to your home! That's for just one drum! If anyone knows where they have best wholesale/ retail price, I'm listening. Just interested to help some elderly neighbors save some money. Thank you.

-- Ray (, February 17, 1999


Hi Ray, there is a place in Frederick,Md. 20 mi north of Wash. DC called McCutcheons' they sell apple juice, preserves,etc. They have the drums 55 gal food grade, for $10 and 4gal for $0.75

-- KoFE (oooo@ooo.oo), February 17, 1999.

KoFE, I am going down to my brother's not to far from Frederick, in a couple weeks. I'd pick up some barrels if possible. Could you please post a phone number or address? Thanks

-- Mary (, February 17, 1999.

I got mine free from the Pepsi bottling plant here in Baltimore. They have 28 & 55 gal. They even rinsed them out. Of course, I cleaned them out again at home with some bleach.

-- rick (, February 17, 1999.

Emergency Essentials, according to the catalog in my lap, has teh 30 gal drums for $45. plus S&H. S&H from this catalog is a total of $10 for the total order.

Emergency Essentials =

Chuck ps NOPE, I gots NO relationship with these guys beyond being on the mail list for the Y2K J*** mail.

-- Chuck, night driver (, February 17, 1999.

These folks sell a 200 gallon vinyl bag, 20-mil, food grade.

-- Tom Carey (, February 17, 1999.

You were lucky Rick getting your Pepsi barrels for free, I had to pay $10.00 each for mine. I got the Mountain Dew flavored barrels. Even after rinsing them out with bleach, it didn't get rid of the smell.

-- bardou (, February 17, 1999.

United States Plastic Corp., 1390 Neubrecht Rd., Lima, Ohio 45801 (419) 228-5034

New 55-gallon FDA-approved, closed-head water drums - $45.00 each + about $10.00 UPS Oversize shipping charges per barrel.

They have a Y2K section on their website, with water drums, 5 and 6-gallon buckets and lids, oxygen absorbers, mylar bags, etc. United States Plastic Corp.

-- Why2K? (, February 17, 1999.

Mary, I don't have the number handy, but you can still go to a pay phone and call information for free.

-- KoFE (or75cents@home.phones), February 17, 1999.

Presuming you are doing Y2K specific prep and you want these for drinking: If you can find the supplier (someone mentioned a site once on this forum I think) get some large food grade liners and buy some new trash cans. When not in use trash cans stack nicely. End of December - fill 'em up. If it happens you have water, if not you can empty (use the water somehow), dry, restack. They would then be available for refill when major storms predicted (means your water will be fresh, storage, or whatever.

I haven't have decided on liners yet. Recycling bottled gallon jugs for cooking and drinking - so my trash cans would be dishes, flushing, and bathing.

-- john hebert (, February 17, 1999.

Somebody has got to have the solution for getting rid of the taste and smell in those pepsi drums. Now's the time to share. Any takers who can speak from experience? (no bleach or other harmful chemicals, please)

-- Bumble Bee (, February 17, 1999.

Bumble Bee,

FWIW, some of my 55 gallon barrels held apple juice concentrate. My soluition (pun intended): 30 gallons of water, 4 cups of baking soda, 5 cups of bleach, a liberal amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Leave barrels outside in sun, roll barrels around yard a once a week for three weeks. On a warm day, empty barrels and rinse, add 5 gallons clean water, 2 cups bleach, roll barrels once more, empty and rinse clean.

-- Elbow Grease (, February 17, 1999.

Cheapest new barrels I have seen.

-- dave (, February 17, 1999.

Thanks so much for the tips!

-- Ray (, February 18, 1999.

I got 55-gallon metal drums, lined for water storage for $28.75, tax included. Brand new, never used.

You might look for companies listed under "cooperage" or "drums".

Beats what the "survival" companies are charging, that's for sure.

-- Bill (, February 19, 1999.

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