Galvanized buckets for peanuts, chilled wine, iced beer, lobster,
crab legs, french fries, animal feed, farm use, tailgating, crafts,
planting flowers, holding gift baskets, containing a fruit basket
and herbs, loose item storage or as a ice bucket. Galvanized steel
gives these silver buckets their color. Decorate rustic or country
weddings, events or your home inside and out.
Nothing comes in handy like a galvanized bucket.
Our full line of galvanized metal buckets comprises Both tin buckets
for decoration and tough farm buckets, made with sturdy galvanized
steel construction you can rely on, are featured in our full galvanized
bucket product line.
Galvanized Bucket FAQ
Galvanized metal is just a form of steel with a thin outer coating
of zinc oxide. The zinc protects the steel from elements that would
otherwise cause oxidation, corrosion (rusting) and the eventual
weakening of the steel. The way in which the zinc coating is applied
to steel gives galvanized buckets their shiny or texture finish.
Shiny finish galvanized buckets are of the same functional quality
as the textured (hot-dipped styles) but are traditionally perceived
as the more expensive choice.
Steel bucket advantages over plastic:
- Weather and chemical resistant
- Higher durability
- Won't absorb odor
- Rodent proof
- Recyclable - upcycling
- No petroleum in the product
- Classic high quality and durability.
Electrogalvanized (electroplated) coatings are created by applying
zinc to steel sheet and strip by electrodeposition. The coating
thickness is less than the hot dipped process but provides a smoother
finish. When slit or cut the steel edges under the zinc remain exposed,
bare and threatened by corrosion. White rust or the product of zinc
reacting with atmospheric oxygen and water does not occur on the
smoothly finished galvanized steel buckets.
Hot dipped galvanized buckets are made durable from steel immersed
in a bath of molten zinc. Pure zinc (Zn) reacts with atmospheric
oxygen (O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to form zinc carbonate (ZnCO3),
a usually dull gray, fairly strong material that prevents corrosion.The
zinc-iron alloy layers are metallurgically bonded to the steel and
become an integral part of the steel rather than just a surface
coating. Offering excellent abrasion resistance are the harder than
the base steel and tightly bonded (3,600 psi) intermetallic layers.
even if the durable intermetallic layers of the hot-dip galvanized
coating are damaged (up to ¼” in diameter) adjacent
zinc will sacrificially protect the exposed steel until all of the
surrounding zinc is consumed.
Hot dipped buckets are less uniform for a rustic look most fitting
for traditional farming and agriculture practices. Exposure to water
over time will cause these buckets to oxidize with "white rust".
Most commonly batch hot-dip galvanizing is used in atmospherically
exposed steel; however, it is also used in fresh and salt water
applications, buried in the soil, embedded in concrete, and much
Clear plastic storage lids are available for our 2 and 5 quart
metal buckets (with top handle attaching through the sides of bucket).
storage buckets with lids (in the photo above). The two and
five quart buckets are available in color. 2
quart & 5 quart
colorful metal storage buckets with lids.
All of our galvanized buckets are available in single, case pack,
wholesale and pallet quantities. Call our friendly customer service
in Virginia for information and pricing on wholesale and pallet
Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST
Some of our Galvanized Buckets are sold in two styles, Labeled
and No Label. The Labeled buckets will ship with the manufacture's
label on one side of the bucket. Location and size of the label
may vary. The no Label buckets have had the label removed by us
prior to shipment. The No Label buckets are slightly higher in price
to cover our cost of removing the label.
If the container was not designed to hold water it will state this
in the product’s information. Some metal buckets and tubs feature
clear plastic liners that hold water, which is also stated on our
product pages. If the bucket has been “sealed” to ensure
watertightness, it holds water. Most of our other metal buckets do
hold water, but are not guaranteed to do so throughout their very
long lifetime, as damage to these buckets first disrupts the zinc
coating giving it the ability to hold water.
Bucket beverage capacity is the maximum amount of standing bottles
(flat on the tub's bottom). With peanuts or ice (and placing the drinks
more randomly) you'll have room for more than the number of "standing
bottles," especially in the larger sizes. Use beverage holding
capacities as baseline numbers.
Although popular for keeping drinks in their containers cold, most
buckets do not meet USDA food safe serving standards. Our food-safe
easy to clean 13 quart stainless steel water bucket is rust and
scratch proof, odor-free, hygienic and dishwasher safe.
Click the image below to view this food-safe bucket.
A wire reinforced top rim and the rings around the buckets, known
as body swedes, increase the strongly built bucket's sturdiness.
A rugged strong bucket handle makes handling and filling these buckets
easy. An offset bottom keeps pail off the ground and makes pouring
Zinc, a mineral necessary for proper biological function, occurs
naturally in certain foods and is added as a dietary supplement
alone and with other foods. Zinc is found in greatest amounts in
Oysters, Red Meat, Poultry, Crabs, Lobster, and fortified breakfast
cereals. Other foods that contain zinc are Beans, Nuts, Dairy products
and Whole Grains, just not in the amounts as the items in the previous
sentence. Zinc is also found in cold remedies as it assists with
However, some evidence may indicate that too much zinc may be harmful.
Avoid cooking and drinking out of galvanized products as acidic
foods can cause the zinc coating to leach.
So, how safe is growing food and making soil from compost in galvanized
steel containers? First it’s handy to understand
how galvanized steel buckets, tubs and containers are made.
Here is what we know
Zinc is the metal contaminate of concern when planting in galvanized
steel. Is the zinc that leeches into the soil harmful to plants and
the humans consuming it? Zinc is used as a common cold preventative
and is apparently good for our body’s biology as an "essential
trace element" responsible for numerous functions. Can a person
to ingest too much zinc?
“Zinc-galvanized steel is an excellent material for a watering
can.” Robert Rose, a professor of materials science and engineering
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, and a
longtime gardener and greenhouse hobbyist, explains why, “Plain
steel rusts and thus, a protective zinc finishing is key.” When
zinc interacts with air, known as oxidation, a small layer of tarnish
develops to shield the underlying metal from further corrosion. It
resists ruin better than most garden equipment, weathering extremes
of temperature and contact with moisture, soil, and acidity. Plus,
steel sheets are easily cut and shaped into desired forms .
Food and Drug Association
The acidity of some foods dissolves zinc. Galvanized iron should
be avoided as a food contact surface because it is highly reactive
with acids, explains number 4-101.15 (chapter 4) of the Federal
Drug Administration’s 2009 Food Code. The FDA recognizes the
unsanitary threat of corrosive metal in serving containers.
FDA has approved the use of galvanized steel for food preparation
and conveyance for all applications with the exception of foods
that have a high acid content, such as tomatoes, oranges, limes,
and other fruits. The acid content in these foods will attack the
zinc coating and cause accelerated corrosion. Many food products
are stored on galvanized racks or in coolers with galvanized shelving.
The recommended daily allowances for zinc are listed in the table
below from the National
Institutes of Health.
Yes, there can be too much of a good thing. The tolerable upper
intake levels for zinc are in the following table. Although a requirement
for a healthy body, excess zinc can be harmful. Absorbing too much
zinc can suppress copper and iron absorption damaging proteins,
lipids and DNA .
Study of heavy metal concentrations in vegetables
An August 2014 article published in the Food and Chemical Toxicology
Journal investigated concentrations of four metals Zinc, Lead, Copper
and Chromium in vegetables. The study’s rationale questioned
the likelihood of heavy metal contamination from fruit and vegetables
grown in contaminated soils and irrigation water. The study presented
original data on the concentration of heavy metals in some selected
fruits and vegetables consumed in Algeria. The goal was to figure
out whether they met international requirements. Human health risks
were determined using the estimated daily intake (EDI) and the target
hazard quotient (TTHQ) of these metals through consuming them in fruits
and vegetables .
- Findings showed that Zinc and Lead are more likely to accumulate
in fruits and vegetables, their mean concentrations were two to
two and half times [2–2.5] those of Copper and Chromium.
Results show also that within the selected fruits and vegetables,
the highest concentrations of Lead and Chromium were obtained
from root vegetables (onions, carrots and potatoes respectively)
and tomatoes, while Zinc is more likely to accumulate in spinach
and artichokes and Copper in potatoes and cucumbers.
- The levels of metals in fruits and vegetables in the study
were compared with levels in some other parts of the world. It
seems that the levels are generally comparable for copper and
Average consumption levels were determined and compared to Provisional
Tolerable Daily Intake (PTDI) levels established by FAO/WHO in
- The consumption of fruits and vegetables with the levels of
Copper, Zinc and Chromium found were largely below the PDTI values
(500–1000–1500 µg metal/kg body weight/day for
Copper, Zinc and Chromium respectively) of FAO/WHO.
- The study concluded that Lead is the major component contributing
to the potential health risk via consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Using global target hazard quotient no correlation was found
for the levels of Copper, Zinc or Chromium recorded in the foods,
“suggesting that it is not risky for the citizens to consume
these elements when contained within fruits and vegetables. Some
obvious health risks related to lead were found associated with
the consumption of these vegetables."
Galvanized pipe for drinking water….
Many municipalities across the globe use galvanized pipes to transport
water into buildings. A Journal of Water Supply 2007 article assessed
current water service in buildings from galvanized steel pipes and
determined water supply contamination by testing for harmful concentrations
of regulated substances. The researchers found that, “corrosion
of galvanized steel is more affected by aging than any other physical
properties,” and that the corrosion of galvanized steel pipe
over long period of time show, “little effect of chemical
composition on the deterioration of a water supply .”
Cleaning your galvanized bucket is the best way to insure that the
protective galvanized coating stays intact and doesn't flake off.
Choose a solution of clean potable water, water based soap and a soft,
clean towel to gently remove dirt or any other debris from the surface
of the bucket. If this method doesn't remove the soiled area, try
using a plastic bristled brush. Avoid using any metal bristled brush
as it will remove the galvanized coating altogether. Make sure to
dry the clean bucket and put it out of the elements.
Solutions that have a PH of higher than 12 (lye, bleach) and lower
than 6 (vinegar, soda, lemon juice) should be avoided. These items
will cause the protective galvanized layer to corrode. If using these
products in galvanized buckets, make sure to clean the bucket before
and after contact with the items in question. Certain metals can corrode
the protective galvanized coating as well. Dissimilar metals such
as copper, brass can accelerate the corrosion process. Whenever these
contradictory metals must be put into contact with each other, an
insulator is recommended.
If you do use your galvanized bucket it will develop what is called
“white rust”, which is just oxidation and should not affect
the performance of the bucket. Although, these buckets can take a
fair about of abuse, for optimum performance choose an area that has
adequate ventilation and has a low amount of moisture. Avoid areas
that are damp and poorly ventilated.
Galvanization is a highly specialized process. Sure, you can temporally
fix a corroded area with various varinishes, zinc apoxy paint, zinc
silicate paint, or a coating of whatever you’ve got in your
tool room. However, it is important to note that once galvanized metal
has started to deteriorate, it’s useful (and quite long, in
terms of product lifecyles today) life is over. Time for a replacement
that’ll last another 100 years.
- Abdelhamid Cherfi, Samira Abdoun,
Ouardia Gaci, Food survey: Levels and potential health risks of
chromium, lead, zinc and copper content in fruits and vegetables
consumed in Algeria, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 70,
August 2014, Pages 48-53, ISSN 0278-6915
- Cheol-Ho, B., No-Suk, P., Sang-Young,
P., Hyun-Dong, L., & Seong-Ho, H. (2007). Assessment of galvanized
steel pipes for water service in buildings by direct diagnosis
method. Journal Of Water Supply: Research & Technology-AQUA,
- Davis, R. H. (1993, June-July).
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