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Outside deicer storage

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by jevans, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. jevans

    jevans Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    We are a 24/7/365 nursing home/retirement community. We need to keep containers of deicing material by each entrance and emergency exit during the winter months. Looking for a good, air/water tight container to use. Anyone doing anything similar? These containers sit outside during the season.
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,749

    Might want to just look into resealable 5 gallon buckets. We have these at my work, they work OK but I think nothing will be completely water tight
  3. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    How about this? Might be more $$$ than you want to spend, but they are purpose built, so I'm sure the inside stays dry. Throw some salt in them and an ice scoop on top and you're all set.

  4. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

  5. Mike NY

    Mike NY Senior Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 102

    Garbage can on wheels with a lid.
  6. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    5 gallon pails. I actually buy all my ice melt in 5 gallon pails. I get it at Sam's Club, $20 per pail, 50 pounds of straight calcium chloride. Garbage cans don't look so nice, ice melt pails don't look so bad.
  7. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    Unfortunately, in this day and age, I would want it in something big (heavy) enough that it didn't find its way into the trunk of someone's car to go home and end up on their driveway instead of my clients walks.
  8. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I didn't even think of that honestly. I rarely leave any onsite for customers, they look at my price to leave it and just get their own, but that's a good and sad point....

    If you have issues at your nursing home with theft/vandalism get garbage cans without wheels. Heavy and hard to move means heavy and hard to steal.
  9. mr.lawn works

    mr.lawn works Member
    Messages: 32

  10. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    At every entrance of the apartment buildings and businesses. This one is beat up and at a rear entrance.


  11. spiviter

    spiviter Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 74

    I use 5 gallon buckets with a screw on lid I bought at home depot. It snaps on the bucket and the top spins off easy. It has an o-ring seal and are water and air tight. Best 7 bucks I spent to keep my calcium dry at jobs and on the back of the trucks.