Galvanized Buckets

Choosing a galvanized bucket tough enough for a generation of everyday work? We can help. 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. If you can dream it, these buckets can do it!

Nothing comes in handy like a galvanized bucket. These galvanized steel buckets and tubs are available in hot dipped spangled or smooth galvanized metal finish. What makes a suitable galvanized metal feed bucket? Sturdy design features a wire reinforced top rim, offset ridged bottom for minimal wear to the tub underbody, side body swedges (indention's) for added strength, and is watertight for wet storage.

1.25 Quart Galvanized Bucket
1.25 Quart Galvanized Bucket
4 1/2"
tall
$2.45
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: OboM125
1.25 Quart Hot Dip Galvanized Bucket
1.25 Quart Hot Dipped Galvanized Bucket
4 1/2"
tall
$2.59
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo0125
2 Quart Galvanized Bucket with side mounted handle
2 Quart Side Handle Galvanized Bucket
5 3/4" tall
$3.69
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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2 Quart Galvanized Bucket with top mounted handle
2 Quart Top Handle Galvanized Bucket
5 3/4" tall
$3.49
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: OboM2qt
2 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket with top mounted handle
2 Quart Small Galvanized Steel Buckets
5 3/4" tall
$3.35
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo2gav
2 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket with side mounted handle
2 Quart Side Handle Hot Dipped Bucket
5 3/4" tall
$3.80
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo2qthk
1 Gallon Hot Dipped Bucket
4 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
6 1/8" tall
$5.80
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: A62193nl
5 Quart Galvanized Metal Bucket
5 Quart Galvanized Bucket
7" tall
$6.59
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Osk5qtsd
5 Quart Hot Dipped Steel Bucket
5 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
7 1/8" tall
$5.80
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo1205
6 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket (No Label)
6 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
7" tall
$6.69
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo6qtbnl
8 Quart Galvanized Steel Bucket
8 Quart Galvanized Bucket
8 5/8" tall
$6.49
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo1208GS
8 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
8 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
8 7/8" tall
$6.25
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: C6231377
10 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
10 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
9 1/4" tall
$6.99
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: C6231385
10 Quart Galvanized Bucket
10 Quart Galvanized Bucket
8 7/8" tall
$7.35
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Osk10qtsd
12 Quart Hot Dip Galvanized Bucket
12 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
9 1/2" tall
$8.75
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: C6231393
12 Quart Galvanized Metal Bucket
12 Quart Galvanized Bucket
9 3/4" tall
$9.15
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Osk12qtsd
14 Quart Galvanized Steel Pail
14 Quart Galvanized Bucket
10 3/4" tall
$10.49
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: Obo1214GS
14 Quart Hot Dipped Pail
14 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
10 3/4" tall
$9.95
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: C6231401
4.25 Gallon Galvanized Bucket
4.25 Gallon Galvanized Bucket
9"
tall
$9.49
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: C6931273
17 Quart Hot Dipped Bucket
4.25 Gallon Hot Dipped Bucket
8 1/8"
tall
$9.99
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: C6231195
4 Gallon Hot Dipped Bucket
4 Gallon Hot Dipped Steel Bucket
8" tall
$9.99
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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Item #: A30294
4 Gallon Hot Dipped Bucket
4 Gallon Galvanized Bucket
8 1/4" tall
$12.99
Buckets made with durable and weather resistant galvanized steel that wont corrode. Learn the differences between electro-galvanized and hot dipped galvanized
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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:

  1. Weather and chemical resistant
  2. Higher durability
  3. Won't absorb odor
  4. Rodent proof
  5. Recyclable - up-cycling
  6. No petroleum in the product
  7. 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 more.

Although popular for keeping drinks in their containers cold, galvanized buckets do not meet USDA food safe serving standards. The galvanized metal can trap bacteria regular washing won't clean.

Line your bucket with wax paper to fil it with food for a picnic. Or try 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.

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.

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 speeds recovery.

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.

Cleaning the galvanized bucket is the best way to insure it lasts.

For everyday dirt, 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 and an oil. We've used WD40 and a scrubbing pad to take off black marks. Use this method with caution because you'll actually remove the galvanized metal coating with the black stain. 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.

If you do use your galvanized bucket it will develop what is called “white rust” when it is exposed to water in the air, 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 varnishes, 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 lifecycles today) life is over. Time for a replacement that’ll last another 100 years.

Will zinc rust? Well, sure! eventually, that is. To learn how to speed up the process yourself read how to rust galvanized metal, a DIY project.

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 easy.

You need a galvanized bucket you can count on. A bucket that's durable, dependable and will last your lifetime of getting the job done. We love galvanized pails because they're an old fashioned secret - quality work and utility buckets you can use for anything. Here's a list of 100 things they're good for. have more? send them to us - kenneth@redhillgeneralstore.com

  1. Picking corn in a pail
  2. Watering horses
  3. Pail for mopping and chores
  4. Collecting Walnuts
  5. Draining fluids from farm equipment
  6. Storing soap and mop
  7. Picking ginseng
  8. Carrying eggs
  9. Picking grapes
  10. Milking cows
  11. Carrying milk bottles
  12. Collecting berries
  13. Feeding Cows
  14. Bailing Water
  15. Lunch Pail
  16. Fencing Staple Container
  17. Picking up rocks
  18. Use as the head of your scarecrow
  19. Feeding Dogs
  20. Carrying Medicine
  21. Collecting tomatoes
  22. Kick it, instead of the dog.
  23. Mouse Trap bucket
  24. Collecting apples
  25. Calling animals
  26. Filling sprayers
  27. Picking apples
  28. Catch the water leaking from the roof.
  29. Picking flowers
  30. Picking up rusty nails
  31. Spreading seed
  32. Collecting pinecones
  33. Picking up walnuts
  34. Washing the tractor
  35. Put grass in it when weeding the garden
  36. Wash the dog with it
  37. Feeding cattle minerals
  38. Picking cherries
  39. Start seeds before they can be planted outside
  40. Carrying tools
  41. Ash Bucket
  42. Feeding chickens.
  43. Scrap Bucket
  44. Claim it as a dependant on your taxes.
  45. Manure bucket
  46. Feeding cats
  47. Picking lemons
  48. Japanese beetle trap bucket
  49. Animal feed storage
  50. Keep up with the tie downs in your pickup by putting them in a bucket.
  51. Nuts and bolts bucket
  52. Collecting potatoes from the garden
  53. Seat
  54. Charcoal storage
  55. Digging turnips
  56. Bin when picking up trash
  57. Collecting kindling from the forest
  58. Picking strawberries
  59. Picking up chestnuts
  60. Trash can , waste bin
  61. Retrieving water from the well
  62. Put it out to collect rain water
  63. Soak your feet in it.
  64. Poke holes in the bottom and use it to catch fish
  65. Save your change in it while saving for a bigger galvanized bucket.
  66. Dog water bowl.
  67. Keep rock salt in it beside your front door in case it snows
  68. Scrub the show animals
  69. Attach it to the headache rack of your flatbed pickup truck to keep small items from falling off
  70. Make your own homemade stand-up bass for your bluegrass band.
  71. Collect walnuts in it
  72. Wash animal health devices in it.
  73. Serve drinks in
  74. Mix concrete in a bucket
  75. Use it to pour on fly repellent for livestock
  76. Use it to soak infected feet for cattle.
  77. MIx paint in it
  78. Put your screws in it when making barn repairs.
  79. Use it for a “catch all” junk bucket.
  80. Pick carrots
  81. Put sand in a bucket to use it as a weight for holding large tents in place.
  82. Fill it a bucket with concrete to use as a boat anchor.
  83. Take it snipe hunting.
  84. Use it to organize small items in your truck toolbox.
  85. Use as a catch holder when you go fishing
  86. Store seeds
  87. Wash clothes in
  88. Coal storage
  89. Raccoon/bear protection from things left outside.
  90. Place them over crops for frost protection
  91. Store ropes and chain
  92. Poke holes in it and use as a minnow trap.
  93. Emergency shovel
  94. Cistern
  95. Chamber pot. (Just don’t mix up your cistern bucket and chamber pot.)
  96. Step stool.
  97. Small water filtration unit
  98. Camp stove
  99. Game feeder
  100. Put your valuables in a bucket. (Who would look there?!?!?)