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and what kind did you purchase? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
we have no gutters on my house (yet) I am looking for ones that can be gutterless then converted down the road. (I want 2- 55 gal barrels to start with) any reccomendations? my folks are buying one for my bday the other one I want to order before then.<br><br>
TIA!<br><br>
ETA- these are the ones I'm looking at. <a href="http://www.bayteccontainers.com/wiboandplco.html" target="_blank">http://www.bayteccontainers.com/wiboandplco.html</a><br>
and these <a href="http://www.bayteccontainers.com/waterbarrels.html" target="_blank">http://www.bayteccontainers.com/waterbarrels.html</a><br>
and this steel drum possibly<br><a href="http://www.bayteccontainers.com/ophestdrwibo.html" target="_blank">http://www.bayteccontainers.com/ophestdrwibo.html</a>
 

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I don't know if this will help, but we didn't want to spend the money on one so we sorta rigged up some wood to collect the rainwater downward and had a 55-gallon trashcan on our back porch to collect the water. Originally DH had rigged this up to divert water away from the basement- he drilled a hole in it and put a garden hose coming out of it to draw the water away from the house but we decided to block that and use the water for plants, etc.<br><br>
Have you checked around at local farm-and-feed stores? Here in Maine they all sell them. I will check a couple of online sources that I know of to see if they have them available.<br><br>
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OK, I found a site that has a large variety. I don't know anything about the company- the "green living" store near me does not sell them, unfortunately, but I hope this link helps:<br><br><a href="http://www.cleanairgardening.com/rainbarrels.html" target="_blank">http://www.cleanairgardening.com/rainbarrels.html</a>
 

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Funny you should ask. While looking for Kleen Kanteens I saw this site and was intrigued because I have relatives near their location:<br><br><a href="https://www.watercheck.biz/" target="_blank">https://www.watercheck.biz/</a>
 

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I found what looks to be the same 55 gal black reconditioned steel drums baytec is selling from here for $19.50!<br><a href="http://epcontainers.net/id4.html" target="_blank">http://epcontainers.net/id4.html</a><br>
(not sure how much shipping would be-I am going to call to check)<br><br>
also composters.com has some really nice (and even a 76 gallon one!) ones too (alot more spendy though)<br><br><br>
oh and here's a good site too for those interested<br><a href="http://www.rainbarrelguide.com" target="_blank">www.rainbarrelguide.com</a>
 

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btw i thought of using garbage cans but we get high winds and they <i>always</i> blow over!
 

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Okay, so there's got to be a way to do this using something recycled & cheap! (If I tell dh I'm spending $200 on a rain barrel, he might freak. Not that I want to do that anyway!) I'd rather not use plastic.<br><br>
Any good ideas???<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I know there HAS to be somewhere you can find something LOCALLY to reuse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I know you said you'd rather not use plastic but the Pepsi plant in Baltimore sells their barrels for $5 each. If they do that then other Pepsi plants probably do to.<br>
I don't know the specifics - I'm going to call them on Monday but I've bee researching where to get barrels for cheap.
 

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These are recycled and food grade, plus free shipping!<br>
I think we are going to order ours now!<br><a href="http://www.ne-design.net/" target="_blank">http://www.ne-design.net/</a>
 

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Do rain barrels need to be food grade for veggie garden use?<br><br>
Could you weight the bottom of a garbage can with rocks or something?
 
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