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grain storage - gallon capacity to pounds of grain?

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subfuscpersona

grain storage - gallon capacity to pounds of grain?

Storage bucket capacity is given in gallons. Grain is purchased per pound.

QUESTION: How many pounds of grain will a one gallon container hold? Thanks.

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Drifty Baker

The weight of one gallon of grain depends on the type of grain and the moisture content.  Typically wheat at 13.5% moisture weighs 60 lbs./bushel which converts to 6.44 lbs./gallon.

Drifty Baker

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goetter

And rye is 56 pounds per bushel.  There are 9.3 US gallons in a bushel.

I figure that two five-gallon buckets will contain a 50 pound bag of whatever grain holds my fancy -- wheat, rye, emmer -- with enough slop at the end of the second bucket that I have time to score another 50 pound bag before the bucket runs dry,

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sphealey

=== QUESTION: How many pounds of grain will a one gallon container hold? Thanks. ===

I am sure you will get usable practical advice, but for the record (and having done a bit of work on silo storage in a previous life) there are entire mechanical engineering graduate school programs on this topic!

sPh

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Ramona

It takes 3 - 5 gallon buckets for 100lbs of grain.  33 lbs. of grain per bucket.

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subfuscpersona

Looks like a 5 gallon bucket will be ample to store my 25 lb sack of wheat. 

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JMonkey

Yes, it should. I find that a 50-lb bag of grain fills about 1.5 5-gallon buckets.