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Where to find a 30 Gallon Cardboard Drum

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by briankb, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    I purchased a set of Rockler dust separator elbows but I need to find a 30 gallon drum to use for collecting the dust.

    I've looked them up online and they are quite expensive plus the shipping costs are high.

    Does anyone have an idea of the type of local supplier that might carry these? Or better yet have some used that they will just throw away or sale very cheap?
     

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  2. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Brian floor lever used to come in them.
     
  3. Farmboy

    Farmboy Active Member

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    Why couldn't you rig up a 30 gallon garbage can?
     
  4. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    I might use a garbage can but I was hoping to find one of those containers.
     
  5. DizzyMarkus

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    We got a bunch of those from our local Pasta sauce makers lol -- Do you have any factories (small or not) around you may go ask for one?

    Markus
     
  6. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    There are a few just north of me in Alachua; boat, battery, and Sabien. The only thing I remember seeing in those is soap flakes. But I'm sure there are other uses. I hope our local italian place doesn't buy their sauce by the barrel. :)

    I'll call around and see if I can find one. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  7. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    sonotube - avail at any hardware store - cut to size and seal the ends
     
  8. 2B

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    We have access to plastic 55 gal drums with the clamp style lids, took a little engineering but they are an easy DIY weekend project
     
  9. rjssigns

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    No help finding a barrel just an FYI. Make sure to run a grounded, bare copper wire completely through your dust collection system. This gives static electricity a path and prevents dust explosions/fires.
     
  10. ChicagoGraphics

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    Call up some bigger screen print compaines that mix up there own pigments they come in 30 gallon cardboard drums.
     
  11. Techman

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    I use a plastic trash can. And a thein separator. Works very good. The bags have just about 2 inches in the bottom after 8 months of using the thein separator and the plastic trash can.

    http://www.cgallery.com/jpthien/cy.htm
     
  12. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

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    If you've not already looked into this, consider building yourself a Thien separator, it will work FAR better than just with the elbows. Without the separator, you will notice "scrubbing" where the dust and debris will begin to get sucked into the vacuum as the container fills up. The separator allows you to fill the container w/o this "scrubbing" issue.

    Regarding the cardboard drum, not sure, but I used a large plastic one about 8 gallons or so.
     
  13. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

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    Looks like the TechMan beat me to it...
     
  14. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    Good stuff guys thanks!

    I will look into the Thien setup. Maybe I will just return these vortex elbows along with a router plate that doesn't fit.

    Will a standard copper grounding wire from romex work, or should I get an actual grounding rod for the dust container?
     
  15. qmr55

    qmr55 Very Active Member

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    Brian I have multiple 55 gal plastic drums with two holes in the top and you can have one if you'd like. PM me if you want it.
     
  16. Pat Whatley

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  17. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    @qmr55 thanks but I think I'm going to try and make a thien collector this weekend and use a standard (cheap) metal or plastic trash can. I will need to make a circle cutting jig but I already have the scraps of MDF to make one. Not sure if I will use my vortex connectors but they should work.
     
  18. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    @Pat Whatley - good find!!! this is what I was hoping for, some industry I'm not familiar. looks like these are used for live stock feed. and there are plenty of live stock farms in my area.
     
  19. briankb

    briankb Active Member

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    guess we need a lmgtfy.com for craigslist :)
     
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