new videos
hot off the press!  
    more about rocket
mass heaters here.

more videos from
the PDC here.
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Repurposing large square water tanks?  RSS feed

 
Wes Hunter
Posts: 271
Location: Missouri Ozarks
18
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have access to a handful of those large square/cubed caged water tanks (like this: https://m.uline.com/h5/r/www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-3886/Tanks/IBC-Tank-275-Gallon?pricode=WZ395&gadtype=pla&id=H-3886&gclid=Cj0KEQiAwrbEBRDqxqzMsrTGmogBEiQAeSE6ZWqhuyu7il1MdlWnS0lQvyA9BZb3agQ-0FOM2JtDymkaAlxj8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds) and am looking for suggestions on how to repurpose them.  At least one has a huge crack in the bottom, so it won't hold liquids.

Thoughts?
 
Tracy Wandling
steward
Posts: 1650
Location: Cortes Island, British Columbia. Zone: 8ish Lat: 50; Rainfall: 50" ish; sand and rocks; well water
318
bee books chicken forest garden fungi hugelkultur trees
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Lucky you!

Aside from the obvious, maybe bury a couple for cold storage for veggies. Could maybe also be used in creating a greywater/blackwater worm system, or as fish tanks in an aquaculture system. Oh, the possibilities!
 
Travis Johnson
pollinator
Posts: 1189
126
books cat chicken duck rabbit transportation trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I got a few as well and I am thinking about using them for biogas production. There are many videos on youtube regarding this.
 
David Livingston
steward
Posts: 3473
Location: Anjou ,France
163
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
not sure about the ability to cope with pressure once they have a crack in them . But certainly raised beds might be a good idea .
 
Amit Enventres
Posts: 441
Location: Ohio, USA
28
dog fish food preservation forest garden fungi solar trees urban woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yeah, I agree: explosive gases should be contained in a container intended to handle that.

What about cat or owl houses? Storing fermenting drinks? Laundry basket? Storage bin for seasonal stuff? Storage bin for completed crafts awaiting distribution? In- ground slow release waterer in sandy soil?  Cut =Sled? With wheels attached= Cart ? Water wall?
 
Wes Hunter
Posts: 271
Location: Missouri Ozarks
18
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I was thinking of turning at least one (with the crack) into a bulk feed bin either by using it as-is or by removing the plastic tank and installing a plywood box inside.  I figure I can probably make the box larger (taller) than the dimensions of the cage, since the cage can be at least partially dismantled, thus providing greater capacity in the same footprint.

I've seen them disassembled and used as crates/hutches for housing and/or transporting small livestock (calves, sheep, goats), with the tank providing shelter and the cage keeping them in--but I don't have much use for that.

Thanks for the replies so far!  It seems like there ought to be a million and one ways to repurpose them, but I'm drawing mostly blanks.  I'm waiting for that, "oh, duh" option to be thrown out there...
 
Mike Jay
Posts: 611
Location: Northern WI (zone 4)
32
books food preservation hunting solar trees woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Take out the plastic and use the cage to store firewood.  Ideal if you have a forklift to move the wood to your back door once it's dry.
Rainwater collection tank
Thermal mass for greenhouse
Cut top off and make into redneck hot tub
Doomsday prepper piggy bank
Aquaculture
Sell them on Craigslist and buy something you need
Garden water tower. I did this by putting it 8' off the ground by my remote garden.  Small pump from rain barrel to lift water up into tank, gravity feed to water with.
 
Dan Miano
Posts: 32
Location: Denver, CO
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This may not be what you have in mind but I purchased 2 to use for thermal storage.  They'll be buried below a greenhouse and used with an air to water heat exchanger system to store the daytime greenhouse heat during the day, then release it at night.
 
Henry Jabel
pollinator
Posts: 166
Location: Worcestershire, England
13
bee bike forest garden fungi hugelkultur toxin-ectomy trees urban woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
They are good for fermenting things in as the red lids have an excess air release valve on them. You might want to know what was in it previously if you use it for food though.

The ones with the crack in the tank can be turned over and you can cut the cracked top half off and still use it that way to plant things in or catch liquids.
 
Oh. Hi guys! Look at this tiny ad:
2017 Rocket Mass Heater Workshop Jamboree (early bird price now)
https://permies.com/wiki/63312/permaculture-projects/Rocket-Mass-Heater-Workshop-Jamboree
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!