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    Default 5 gallon plastic bucket residual smell

    Iím just getting started this year and I want to use 5 gallon bucketís and have tubing run into them. My concern is a lot of the buckets Iím finding have been used for various processes that have a strong smell. I.e. pickles barbecue sauce etc. if I clean the buckets well do I need to worry about this or not?

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    You are better off getting some new food grade 5 gallon buckets from Home Depot, Lowes, etc. They can be ordered online too.
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    Take the bucket out to your garden. Fill it with dirt and leave it for 2 weeks. Then empty and clean the bucket, the smell will be gone.
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    I agree get new food grade buckets from Lowes or home depot. They are not that expensive, link below

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Encore-Plas...Bucket/3694238

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    Do you have a donut shop nearby?
    That’s a great source for food grade buckets.
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    Or a bakery like Sam's club. Their icing buckets wash very easily
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    I agree bakery icing buckets work great and around here they are free.
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    We order our food grade buckets from US Plastics in Lima Ohio.
    www.usplastics.com

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    I also hit up bakeries for buckets when I need them. Sometimes they are rinsed out, sometimes not. Curiously, no matter how sweet or fruity the original contents, there is no residual flavor or odor in the sap. I might think twice about pickles or bbq sauce, but who knows? You could try one test bucket and see what happens.
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    The local donut shop I get mine from has always had them cleaned out. Little, if any, odor in them at all. I rinse a few times and we're good to go. They're happy to get rid of them, and charge $1 ea with lids...or take syrup in trade.
    John Allin

    14x18 Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    H20 Innovations Air Injection System 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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