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One more wax dirt question #7355064
09/13/21 08:30 PM
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I have 70 gallons split between two clean plastic drums (35 gallons each--heavy as heck). 30 more gallons in two clean plastic five gallon buckets.

I read somewhere not to seal the lids. Is that right? If I need to leave them unsealed and breathing for a while, how long?

Thanks all.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355259
09/14/21 06:03 AM
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I want to know how you fit 30 gallons in 2-5 gallon buckets.

Last edited by strike2x; 09/14/21 06:04 AM. Reason: Misspelled

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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355272
09/14/21 06:23 AM
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Typo. 6.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355282
09/14/21 06:38 AM
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I leave cardboard shims around the lid, for air flow, year 'round.

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: strike2x] #7355322
09/14/21 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by strike2x
I want to know how you fit 30 gallons in 2-5 gallon buckets.

x2

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355364
09/14/21 09:04 AM
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Y'all are brutal. Typo!


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: yukonal] #7355365
09/14/21 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by yukonal
I leave cardboard shims around the lid, for air flow, year 'round.


Good idea. Thank you.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355366
09/14/21 09:05 AM
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It has to breath to allow condensation to evaporate to keep mold from growing. Get another 35 gallon drum. Latch one side but not the other side of the lid. I store mine in my garage or under an overhang. I've stored waxed dirt for over a year without issues.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355372
09/14/21 09:13 AM
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Mark June went over this last year on a post, and like most trapping things i think he is correct. Leaving the lid on or off you can still get moisture built on the inside of the bucket walls when there is a temperature change. Probably more noticable if left in a garage or some other non temp controlled place. Im trying poly seed bags this year, some of the very fine stuff can get out the bottom but not much, and it can breathe. Will be interesting seeing if anything changes this year as i have always been a bucket guy.

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7355806
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Last year I used some that was 4 years old. Had no problems with refusals and waxed sand was stored in 35 gallon plastic trash cans. All the trash cans were stored in the rear of an open front shed.

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7356231
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I place a blue heavy paper towel on the top of all my waxed dirt in containers. Keep lids loose or they will condense with temp changes.

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7356271
09/15/21 10:53 AM
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Thank you everyone.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7370349
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Has anyone tried putting a DAMP-RID in their containers of waxed dirt? Just a thought.

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7370693
10/03/21 08:35 PM
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So far just cracking the lids has worked. I checked today.

Tip: Go with 5 gallon buckets. I am fortunate to have a front end loader on my tractor because otherwise the drums with 35-40 gallons of waxed dirt are very tough to move. Even then, scooting them into place is still a chore.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7370741
10/03/21 09:20 PM
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Blaine, I fill up a 35 or 40 gal galvanized garbage can with waxed sand, after making a batch. I have it in a corner of my trapping shed, where it doesn't have to move. I put cardboard strips around the lid, and barely put it on. It stays that way year 'round, until I run out. I've never had mold or moisture problems. My sand is dry as a bone before I add wax in the cement mixer.

I fill up a couple 5 gal buckets and carry on the 'line with all the other equipment. I refill as necessary from the big can. I've done this for years, and never had a problem. Good luck with it!

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: yukonal] #7370897
10/04/21 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by yukonal
Blaine, I fill up a 35 or 40 gal galvanized garbage can with waxed sand, after making a batch. I have it in a corner of my trapping shed, where it doesn't have to move. I put cardboard strips around the lid, and barely put it on. It stays that way year 'round, until I run out. I've never had mold or moisture problems. My sand is dry as a bone before I add wax in the cement mixer.

I fill up a couple 5 gal buckets and carry on the 'line with all the other equipment. I refill as necessary from the big can. I've done this for years, and never had a problem. Good luck with it!


Same concept I am trying this year. I had been cleaning my shop and moving a bunch of heavy things so I was just complaining.

The drums have found their permanent home in the corner of the shop. I plan on carrying a couple of 2 gallon jugs and a couple of 5 gallon buckets in the truck. Will refill at the drums.

Appreciate all of the comments.


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7371072
10/04/21 11:08 AM
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Ok...dumb question. So how do you tell if it gets moldy? Does it get an actual layer of mold on it? If it gets moldy, can it be reheated or something?

I just made a bunch of waxed sand over the weekend and have it stored like in the same manner that Bob Jameson described.

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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: btomlin] #7371216
10/04/21 02:07 PM
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Not a dumb ?,, It's obvious , normally it forms on the edges. I just skimmed it off but I caught it early. Now I check the lids daily, It's gotta breath!


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Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7371243
10/04/21 02:28 PM
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I have 16 five gallon pails with waxed sand. I have the lids closed in my garage. What temperature changes will cause the worst result? 50 - 80 is about the range in my garage so far. So far I have checked my pails weekly and does not appear to have any issues. My garage is a relatively consistent temperature

Re: One more wax dirt question [Re: Blaine County] #7371253
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