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#6853636 - 08/12/17 02:51 AM Making a feeder from barrel... questions
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It cant be hard, i have a few questions.

1. Buy a barrel with lid.

2. Drill hole in bottom, but with what? What size? Core?

3. Buy funnel, insert over hole with self tapping.

4. Attach motor/ timer combo with self tapping.

5. We attach to tree with straps.

If i am way off, please let me know.

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#6853752 - 08/12/17 09:06 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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#2 hole saw, maybe 21/2" attached to drill.
No leg brackets or legs?

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#6853760 - 08/12/17 09:27 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/Boss-Buck-Barrel-Band-Leg-Kit/2066388.uts

I would not tie it to a tree. Use this, if you have any questions PM me. I make every effort to not make any more holes than I have too in a barrel.

http://cannonfeeder.com

I want one of these...
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#6853777 - 08/12/17 09:57 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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"We attach to tree with straps." How would you do that? Where would the straps go? I agree with TexasLefty. Not a good idea. A 55-gal drum full of corn weighs over 350 lb.

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#6853783 - 08/12/17 10:08 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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We tried it many years ago with a smaller plastic feeder barrel that came with a leg kit. The thought process was, if we hang it from a tree the hogs can't knock it over, it ended up on the ground several times. Eventually we got back up there and the barrel was broken open. For a temporary spot just to see what's in the area ok, permanently no.

If have a feeder I can loan you for the season.
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Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
Never been to a camping world. I prefer Dick's to be honest.

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#6853785 - 08/12/17 10:14 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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This about 10' in the air with a chain around a tree limb and a trail camera is what I use to scout a new area. Obviously I'm not using it right now.
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Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
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#6853801 - 08/12/17 10:37 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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I would have never thought of it, but a barrel strapped to a tree was already on our place when we got it, 4 years ago. Works great.

Just get a couple of thick straps and ratchet them tight to a tree.

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#6854279 - 08/12/17 08:14 PM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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I use a 4" hole saw. Mainly because thats what on-time calls for. Also have some spin cast feeders, and they state to use a 5.5" but the 4" works fine as long as your using a funnel. West texas feeder supply has good prices for barrel bands. Use 1.5" conduit for legs. self tapping screws work fine but i think regular bolt and nut with washer is better.
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#6857383 - 08/15/17 01:26 PM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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my dad used to have a 120 lb grease drum for a feeder, about the same diameter as a 5 gallon bucket, but a little over twice as tall. He wrapped a small chain around a heavy limb 10-14 foot high and attached a pulley to it, then used a boat winch (mounted to the tree with a couple of large lag screws) to raise & lower the barrel (be sure to use a brake style winch). That was only about 100-120 lbs of corn plus the weight of the barrel/timer/motor, so probably 150 lbs ... a 55 gallon barrel would be pushing 350-400 lbs loaded out, so hopefully a pretty hefty limb to attach it too.

1.75-2" diameter hole roughly centered in the bottom, then self tapping screws and funnel similiar to this small funnel

attach timer/motor box using self tapping screws ...
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#6859672 - 08/17/17 11:50 AM Re: Making a feeder from barrel... questions [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Registered: 09/08/16
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If you know any electricians, a knock out punch for 2 inch conduit is just right for the bottom hole.

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