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Trekkers Cookbook => Cooking Questions => Topic started by: Brian Sengbusch on May 17, 2009, 08:02:07 PM

Title: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: Brian Sengbusch on May 17, 2009, 08:02:07 PM
What is the best way to keep your linen water bucket from draining in a matter of minutes?

Title: Re: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: Bryant on May 17, 2009, 10:36:23 PM
I have no experience with linen water buckets but do use a couple of heavy canvas water buckets. I assume that you are having the leaking problem when you get to a camp? What you could try is to soak your bucket in something big enough to keep it covered in water for a few days before an event then transport it in a (gasp) plastic bag to keep it wet. This will keep the fabric swollen and should reduce the leaking. But remember it is still cloth and will leak some over time. Hope this helps.


Title: Re: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: Wart (Jim Perkins) on May 18, 2009, 02:36:21 AM

  Like Bryant, I've not seen a linen water bucket.  I do have a couple of the 19th century military style canvas water buckets that leak even after soaking them.  They do come in handy to carry tent stakes though :-)

  We came across some tin buckets that look the part - narrower at the bottom (like the jackware fire buckets).  The way tin rusts, I spray painted them with copper paint - inside and out before we ever used them.  I wrapped rope around the handles afterwards to make them easier on the hands to carry.
They look good - actually had a guy try to buy them, thinking they were copper.  He didn't believe me when I told him what I had done.  The one thing I do to help keep them from scratching when transporting is - put each in a cloth bag (like a pillow case). 


Title: Re: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: Rooster (Mark Roster) on May 18, 2009, 07:29:55 AM
Canvas or linen will always leak to some degree.  I fill mine at event to the brim and within a few hours it is down to half, fill it up again and maybe by the end of the day it will be down a couple inches, fill it up again and generally it is saturated enough that it will take a couple days  for it to leak out..  Just the nature of the beastie.....if you want something that don't leak - got with a leather firebucket (our own OHio rep Darylee makes some dang nice ones)  or metal like Wart suggested or wood.


Title: Re: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: Arkie on May 18, 2009, 04:55:01 PM
I have been amazed how long Bryants buckets have stayed full on outings. but then maybe he just tops them off when im not looking.

Title: Re: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: Brian Sengbusch on May 19, 2009, 07:11:18 AM
Thanks for the info.  I tried it, but it seem the bottom seam wasn't done very well.  I am going to try using some waterproofing products to see if that will work.  I am only using it as a fire bucket at campsites, so I am not worried about the water quality.

Thanks again Brian

Title: Re: Linen Water Bucket
Post by: rifleman on November 11, 2009, 07:41:07 PM