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#6404493 - 08/11/16 10:04 PM thinking of storing corn in drums this year
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My container is getting full of tools and other things
I don't want to stack 10 bags of corn in there and have trouble parking the side by side

what do you guys think of using clean steel drums with lids and just setting it outside?
I should be able to get 6 or so 50# bags into one 55 gal drum, right?
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#6404510 - 08/11/16 10:20 PM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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We keep our spare bags in a large metal trash can with a lid. It does okay for a short period, haven't had any trouble yet. You won't fit as many in there as you think, because corn in the bag doesn't fill a space nearly as well as poured corn. It's a struggle to get 3 bags into a 31 gallon trash can.

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#6404514 - 08/11/16 10:23 PM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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I think it's hard to get 4 bags (in bags) in a drum, 3 is a stretch, but it could just be the WWI gun powder drums I used to use.

Make sure they're dry and use the feed fairly quick. I got harvest mites one time and now I am freaked out by anything resembling old feed. Think ringworm over your stomach, chest, arms and neck for a couple of weeks.

Personally, I'd reorganize/reduce in the container.
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#6404517 - 08/11/16 10:26 PM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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We used freezers that don't work but have good seals, chest types. It did fine you still have to rotate. Not long term.

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#6404596 - 08/12/16 01:16 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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In this heat you are gonna come back to the lease and find a bunch of popcorn around those barrels haha
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#6404604 - 08/12/16 04:09 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: SapperTitan]
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there are many ways to store grain, most require haz-mat lic, but drums w/the locking rims are as insect-proof as you'll find...
malathion is a good treatment, but it stinks.

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#6404613 - 08/12/16 05:31 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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Years ago we stored corn in drums and old freezers but it always molded due to the moisture that is in corn at harvest. Anything tightly sealed in this Texas heat will sweat/condensate and ruin over time. If you store it don't store it very long. If you do keep it out of the direct sunlight if at all possible. We lost a lot of corn that got moldy.
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#6404659 - 08/12/16 06:55 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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Thanks guys for the ideas
I only run 2 full size feeders and sometimes a hanging bucket type
So ten bags last a month or two
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#6404695 - 08/12/16 07:33 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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I have a spare 50 gallon drum near each of my feeders. They are my secondary and emergency storage. Each drum holds 5, 50 lbs bags easily enough.
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#6405022 - 08/12/16 10:17 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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We do and just use a rain cover for the lid. Works fine. Normally dont keep anything in there more than a couple months.

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#6405115 - 08/12/16 10:59 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Years ago we stored corn in drums and old freezers but it always molded due to the moisture that is in corn at harvest. Anything tightly sealed in this Texas heat will sweat/condensate and ruin over time. If you store it don't store it very long. If you do keep it out of the direct sunlight if at all possible. We lost a lot of corn that got moldy.


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#6405121 - 08/12/16 11:01 AM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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I tried it years ago, never could keep the moisture out, just ended up with hog bait.

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#6405344 - 08/12/16 12:41 PM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: dgilbert]
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Originally Posted By: dgilbert
I tried it years ago, never could keep the moisture out, just ended up with hog bait.
Same here.
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#6405367 - 08/12/16 12:54 PM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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We stored about a ton or two in the blue plastic drums with screw on lids last season. Kept them on a trailer off the ground and under a pole barn. Had no issues with weevils or moisture, but we had it all out within a couple months. Stored in bulk, not in bags. I would think the bags would encourage more moisture and mold.

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#6405408 - 08/12/16 01:31 PM Re: thinking of storing corn in drums this year [Re: Sparky45]
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To keep down pests in metal drums:

Put a candle in a metal coffee can and put this in the top of your drum.
Light the candle and seal the drum.
The candle will burn until it has removed all the oxygen from the drum.
Re-lite the candle every time you open the drum.

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