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    Does anyone know any place in Anchorage you can buy 5 gallon food grade buckets? Thanks!

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    I used to get them from fast food joints. They get their hamburger pickles in 5 gal buckets and would give them away.
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    Alaska Mill and Feed probably has them.
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    Actually I think the buckets SBS, Lowes, and Home Depot sell are food grade. On the bottom of every bucket is a triangle with a number in it. 2 is supposedly food grade...

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    I think old John is right they all should be food safe.
    I get mine from a local laundromat for $2 each with lids included. He gets them full of laundry detergent and thats all that was ever in them.
    I just rinse them well and then use for whatever.
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    I get mine from a local Pizzeria at a couple of bucks each. They would clean them and they came with snap on lids that seal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
    Actually I think the buckets SBS, Lowes, and Home Depot sell are food grade. On the bottom of every bucket is a triangle with a number in it. 2 is supposedly food grade...
    For an item to be considered "food grade", it has to carry the NSF seal. I'm fairly certain that the triangle with a 2 in it signifies the amount of recycled material was used to produce the item. I know for a fact that an NSF seal = food grade.

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    Arctic Brewing supply has 5 and 6 gal food grade buckets. Last time I checked, the buckets at Walmart were also food grade because I called the company that made them and asked when I was stocking up.

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    #2 For Arctic Brewing Supply for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coaldust View Post
    Arctic Brewing supply has 5 and 6 gal food grade buckets. Last time I checked, the buckets at Walmart were also food grade because I called the company that made them and asked when I was stocking up.
    walmart bucket are fine except I damage the lids taking them off, the first raised band is too high maybe 3/4" down from the top and good buckets are 1 1/2 or so lot's of room for fingers or lid tool
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    For an item to be considered "food grade", it has to carry the NSF seal. I'm fairly certain that the triangle with a 2 in it signifies the amount of recycled material was used to produce the item. I know for a fact that an NSF seal = food grade.
    What does an NSF seal look like...??

    I paid Arctic Brewing Supply $17 for a 6 gallon (food grade) bucket to brew beer with... in the recycle triangle it has the nr 2... It was my impression the number inside the recycle triangle indicates what raw materials went into the manufacturing of the bucket, which would indicate what materials were safe to store in the bucket... A bucket made with recycled materials probably wouldn't be considered food safe, because it would be difficult to measure or correctly identify all recycled materials. Obviously a bucket with the number 2 is safe to brew beer and wine in... But there is nothing on the bottom of that bucket that specifically says NSF.... could you help us out there.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
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    What does an NSF seal look like...??

    I paid Arctic Brewing Supply $17 for a 6 gallon (food grade) bucket to brew beer with... in the recycle triangle it has the nr 2... It was my impression the number inside the recycle triangle indicates what raw materials went into the manufacturing of the bucket, which would indicate what materials were safe to store in the bucket... A bucket made with recycled materials probably wouldn't be considered food safe, because it would be difficult to measure or correctly identify all recycled materials. Obviously a bucket with the number 2 is safe to brew beer and wine in... But there is nothing on the bottom of that bucket that specifically says NSF.... could you help us out there.?
    The NSF seal is just the letters NSF with a circle around them. Google NSF and you'll see it. Just because an item doesn't have the NSF doesn't mean it's necessarily unsafe for food contact, however items with the NSF seal have been tested and are certified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    The NSF seal is just the letters NSF with a circle around them. Google NSF and you'll see it. Just because an item doesn't have the NSF doesn't mean it's necessarily unsafe for food contact, however items with the NSF seal have been tested and are certified.
    thank you... my beer bucket doesn't have the NSF seal.... guess they figure the Alc will kill off any bad stuff... : >))

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
    thank you... my beer bucket doesn't have the NSF seal.... guess they figure the Alc will kill off any bad stuff... : >))
    I'd be willing to bet that your (and most) buckets would be just fine for a food contact surface. Something that does catch some folks is hoses. The typical garden hose is not the best choice as the fibers/cords which they use for rigidity and strength can harbor bacteria and are difficult to impossible to sanitize. Just food for thought (pun intended).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    I'd be willing to bet that your (and most) buckets would be just fine for a food contact surface. Something that does catch some folks is hoses. The typical garden hose is not the best choice as the fibers/cords which they use for rigidity and strength can harbor bacteria and are difficult to impossible to sanitize. Just food for thought (pun intended).
    I had been told (elsewhere) that the numbers to stay away from are 3, 6 and 7 because of the materials used in their construction. 1,2,4 & 5 are considered "safe". Although in recent years, I've never seen a plastic bucket with anything other than a 2 inside the recycle symble.. Although the OP has never stated what the purpose of the buckets is., I'd assume any Nr 2 bucket would work... and a $3 bucket at SBS, HOme Depot, Lowes, and now I see some blue buckets with a nr 2 on them at Walmart would all be more attractive than the $17 buckets the Brewery supply houses are selling... I once decided I could find a cheaper source than the $17 buckets the brewery suppliers sell.. I found several sources in the US and Canada.. Priced as low as $2... but by the time I paid freight or shipping I would end up with another $17 or $18 bucket...

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    was in Alaska feed today. and seen food grad buckets there... here in Fairbanks.. i am sure AK feed in Anch does also
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