Convert a used food grade barrel into a rain barrel, a food storage bin, an eco-friendly tumbling composter or an outdoor grill. Used food grade barrels make great wicking beds and self-watering planters that are ideal for growing small crops of fruits and vegetables. Steel food grade containers make great outdoor projects such as smokers and stoves.
A recycled barrel makes a great storage container when placed under a downspout to catch rainwater. The free water source is both economically and environmentally friendly. Plastic barrels are ideal for large animal feeders and small outdoor animal washing stations. Use plastic food grade bins to store family-sized bags of rice and beans or large supplies of dry goods, such as bulk dog food, corn or grain.
Steel barrels are ideal for do-it-yourself grills, smokers and outdoor stoves. Cut and weld steel barrels to make imaginative outdoor cooking areas that help save money on conventional electricity costs. A recycled food grade barrel makes an ideal Faraday cage if sealed properly and the spacious interior accommodates many gadgets. Fill a plastic barrel with sand, dirt or rocks to create an access barrier. Recycled steel and plastic food grade barrels have many household uses that could save time, money and natural resources.