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post #1 of 18 Old 12-09-2013, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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I need to buy new metal trash fans to store feed at the new place I will be boarding my horse at. Feed comes in pounds, trash cans come in gallons.


Can I fit 50 pounds of pellets in a ten gallon metal trash can?

(He eats a ration balancer and a bit of hay pellets at night. Goes through it so slowly I only buy one bag at a time. I need one can for the RB pellets and one can for hay pellets.)
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-09-2013, 06:40 PM
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I think you'll need a bit bigger- like a 15 gal. I have a 32 gal metal trash can, it fits just barely 150lbs of feed (no room for scoop, fairly well to the top). You might get away with a ten, since I've noticed some feeds tend to be more compressed than others, but I think you'd be close. I need a 10 gal. for 35lbs of dog food (some room to spare). Hope that helps.
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-09-2013, 07:01 PM
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If you're pouring from the bag into the trash can I think you could get away from a 10 gallon for each type of feed.

I store mine (still in the bag) in 20 gallon trash cans in my garage. With just one bag it's roomy, short enough that it's easy to reach the bottom, etc. At one point I had one bag of hay pellets and one smaller 25 lb bag of flax seed both in one can. If I were to dump the contents of the bag into the can I'm pretty sure I could fit at least 2 bags (100 lbs) of feed.

ETA- even better, I remembered that Triple Crown (the feed manufacturer I use) publishes the weight per volume of their products. Their 30% Supplement is 1.25 lbs per quart, which means 50 lbs is exactly 10 gallons. So, you might want to have a little bit larger can just so you have some wiggle room.

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post #4 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 02:48 AM
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Depends on the pellet.

As you know, pounds is a weight measurement where gallons is volume. The feed I used to have fit in a bin perfectly for a 20kg bag. My current feed is split between two bins for a 20kg bag.

Get a scoop or container you know the volume of and fill it with pellets, then weight it - you can then work out the weight to volume ratio.
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 08:31 AM
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I found stackable feed bins at Home Depot of all places. Space in the feed room where I board is at a premium. Each bin holds 50 lb. bag of feed. Easy to access the feed.

I do find them easier to deal with than trash cans.
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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I have the stackable bins now. They're nice but they're not animal proof which is why I can't keep using them at the new barn. Raccoons and possum can lift the cover.

I will see if I can find a weight to volume ratio.

If anyone knows it offhand.. I use the Standlee hay pellets and KER All Phase ration balancer.
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I don't know about your feed, but I can get 3 bags of Standlee hay pellets in a metal 20 gallon garbage can.
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Mine are latchable....cause we have the critter problem too. Sorry they won't work!
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 12:37 PM
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Take an empty bag with you when you check out containers. If rodents are a problem I'd go with the galvanized garbage can with the locking lid, and just plunk the bag in there so the feed doesn't touch the galvanized surface.
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-10-2013, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Good idea!

I don't know if rodents are actually a problem at the new place or if she's just trying to be proactive. I can use the stacking bins at home so I don't mind the expense.
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