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Do you use Gamma Seal Lids? Like them?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Bolster, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Bolster

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    If you use Gamma Seal Lids on 5-gal buckets, are you satisfied? How do they work, do they wedge into place, screw, or what?
     
  2. They go on the bucket more or less like a normal lid.. the more is, once on a bucket, they are staying on THAT bucket. Then the center screws out. We have them color coded for the "working" buckets. IE: when the working bucket of rice (red lid) is empty, I open a regular mylard bucket and dump the contents into the working bucket, load the pantry rice jar, screw down the top on the gamma seal lid. No need for O2 absorbers or anything, since that food is being used and will only be in there a few months.

    I then normally got to Sam's and buy 3 #50 bags of rice, pick up 4 buckets at the bakery, and bucket that rice.. adding to my larder.. lol.
     

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  4. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

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    Excellent, exactly what I needed to know. Thank you sir. I'll assume Amazon is as good a source as any.
     
  5. Here is my suggestion for your plastic bucket storage needs, including gamma.
    http://www.usplastic.com/
     
  6. BerettaGrl

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    Gamma Seals work on 6 gallon buckets too.

    I love them. If I had to make a choice I would have foregone the lids that you hammer on and pry off and just done gammas. If you regularly use and rotate your stores, gammas make more sense.

    We keep the red ones for Bug out Buckets.
     
  7. Have not used Amazon, but have had no problems with anything I orderd from them.

    We got ours from E.E. when we did a group buy with several friends..
     
  8. Kieller

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    Gamma seal lids are the way to go. I especially like them since I get into several of my buckets bi-monthly to take out a new ration of rice/beans/whatever.
     
  9. rwrjr

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    I'm a big Amazon fan and they're usually competitive on price but for gamma lids, their prices suck. I've ordered from US Plastic before, both buckets and lids and have never had any problems.

    Fair warning if you do order from US Plastic though. They'll start sending you a big honking catalog that contains all kinds of stuff you didn't know you needed until you saw it on the page. :rollsmiley:
     
  10. Chindo18Z

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    Home Depot carries Gamma Lids these days.

    Color choice is black; in the paint bucket section.

    If you don't have a Home Depot nearby, I believe that you can order from them on-line.
     
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  11. Bolster

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    How did I miss these? Thanks for the tip.
     
  12. Costco.com has them along with buckets too. I remember them being a good deal - free shipping too.
     
  13. Food grade?

    (I don't know, just a question :) )
     
  14. DScottHewitt

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    They also have the Homer Bucket for like <$3


    I do not know if it is food quality, though.....
     
  15. Chindo18Z

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    I don't honestly know. They look the same as ones I've ordered in previous years from food storage vendors...except that they are black.

    I use 'em...

    I've come to the conclusion (after years of reading the debates on various sites) that the whole food grade thing is vastly overblown... YMMV.

    I've been using white paint buckets (and even Homer buckets) for years without issue.
     
  16. Bolster

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    FOOD GRADE ->

    I actually did the footwork on this one, months ago. ARGEE is the company that makes the HD buckets in my area. Called them, and their answer was:

    Any of the WHITE ARGEE buckets are food grade. (Since then they've started adding a sticker on their whites that says so.)

    However, any of their COLORED buckets, like the HOMER ORANGE bucket, is NOT food grade. It has to do with the release agent used on the colored buckets. ARGEE told me the release chemicals used on their colored buckets are not healthy so don't store food in a HOMER bucket.

    I don't know if the release agent thing is overblown or not but I'm going with the manufacturer's recommendation on this one.
     
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  17. Kieller

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    Makes sense, all the food grade buckets I have seen are white. Never seen a blue/black/etc food grade bucket. Doesn't mean they don't exist, just sayin'.
     
  18. WolfNotSheep

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    I've used Homer buckets for years without any problems. All the stuff I had set back for Y2K is still good. It is all sealed inside mylar bags inside the bucket though, so that may have something to do with longevity.

    If I were foregoing mylar bags and relying only on a bucket/lid combo to store my food I would go with food grade. Since I use mylar, I don't worry about it.
     
  19. secamp32

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    Lowes has food grade buckets, @$4 each. They are clearly marked "Food Grade".
     
  20. R_W

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    The brand that does most Lowes and Walmart (can't remember the name) has colored food grade EXCEPT the recycled plastic ones--it is because it isn't NEW plastic and FDA rules.

    It doesn't really matter if you are using mylar anyway:dunno: