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
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.
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
Steel bucket advantages over plastic:
- Weather and chemical resistant
- Higher durability
- Won't absorb odor
- Rodent proof
- Recyclable - up-cycling
- 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 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
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
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
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Picking corn in a pail
- Watering horses
- Pail for mopping and chores
- Collecting Walnuts
- Draining fluids from farm equipment
- Storing soap and mop
- Picking ginseng
- Carrying eggs
- Picking grapes
- Milking cows
- Carrying milk bottles
- Collecting berries
- Feeding Cows
- Bailing Water
- Lunch Pail
- Fencing Staple Container
- Picking up rocks
- Use as the head of your scarecrow
- Feeding Dogs
- Carrying Medicine
- Collecting tomatoes
- Kick it, instead of the dog.
- Mouse Trap bucket
- Collecting apples
- Calling animals
- Filling sprayers
- Picking apples
- Catch the water leaking from the roof.
- Picking flowers
- Picking up rusty nails
- Spreading seed
- Collecting pinecones
- Picking up walnuts
- Washing the tractor
- Put grass in it when weeding the garden
- Wash the dog with it
- Feeding cattle minerals
- Picking cherries
- Start seeds before they can be planted outside
- Carrying tools
- Ash Bucket
- Feeding chickens.
- Scrap Bucket
- Claim it as a dependant on your taxes.
- Manure bucket
- Feeding cats
- Picking lemons
- Japanese beetle trap bucket
- Animal feed storage
- Keep up with the tie downs in your pickup by putting
them in a bucket.
- Nuts and bolts bucket
- Collecting potatoes from the garden
- Charcoal storage
- Digging turnips
- Bin when picking up trash
- Collecting kindling from the forest
- Picking strawberries
- Picking up chestnuts
- Trash can , waste bin
- Retrieving water from the well
- Put it out to collect rain water
- Soak your feet in it.
- Poke holes in the bottom and use it to catch fish
- Save your change in it while saving for a bigger
- Dog water bowl.
- Keep rock salt in it beside your front door in case it
- Scrub the show animals
- Attach it to the headache rack of your flatbed pickup
truck to keep small items from falling off
- Make your own homemade stand-up bass for your bluegrass
- Collect walnuts in it
- Wash animal health devices in it.
- Serve drinks in
- Mix concrete in a bucket
- Use it to pour on fly repellent for livestock
- Use it to soak infected feet for cattle.
- MIx paint in it
- Put your screws in it when making barn repairs.
- Use it for a “catch all” junk bucket.
- Pick carrots
- Put sand in a bucket to use it as a weight for holding
large tents in place.
- Fill it a bucket with concrete to use as a boat anchor.
- Take it snipe hunting.
- Use it to organize small items in your truck toolbox.
- Use as a catch holder when you go fishing
- Store seeds
- Wash clothes in
- Coal storage
- Raccoon/bear protection from things left outside.
- Place them over crops for frost protection
- Store ropes and chain
- Poke holes in it and use as a minnow trap.
- Emergency shovel
- Chamber pot. (Just don’t mix up your cistern bucket
and chamber pot.)
- Step stool.
- Small water filtration unit
- Camp stove
- Game feeder
- Put your valuables in a bucket. (Who would look there?!?!?)