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Offline Mary Kennedy

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How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« on: February 12, 2022, 06:59:36 PM »
Good day folks!

I have a 5 gallon bucket filled with water less about 2.5 inches.  How much of the 6.6 lb 3kg container of 100% lye crystals should I add to the water?

Many thanks!

Mary
« Last Edit: February 12, 2022, 09:45:12 PM by Mary Kennedy »

Offline Cheryl Watson

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2022, 09:28:05 PM »
Mary, some folks use 1 lb. (16oz.) of lye per 5 gallons of water...

I use a double strength mix, 2 lbs per 5 gallon.  (Safety, safety, safety.... chem gloves and face shield... )  :smiley:

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2022, 09:44:52 PM »
Hi Cheryl,

Thanks very much for the reminders. It has been years since I used a lye bath!

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2022, 09:47:06 PM »
Hi Cheryl,

Thanks very much for the reminders. It has been years since I used a lye bath!

Yep, I am still a safety freak!   :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2022, 10:35:31 AM »
I use rubbermaid roughneck 18 gallon storage containers for my lye tanks. I have them about 2/3 full of solution and i have 3,  16oz containers and it is doing well. Have cleaned 10+ waffle irons, about 6 dutch ovens, and 15+ skillets. Right now i got a Wagner skillet oven soaking! Can't wait to season that baby! Good luck!

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2022, 06:48:18 PM »
Thanks Will. I appreciate you sharing that. :smiley:

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2022, 09:36:05 AM »
I use rubbermaid roughneck 18 gallon storage containers for my lye tanks. I have them about 2/3 full of solution

I use them also but find they do have a tendency to spread at the top if you put too much solution in them, I keep mine 1/2 full and for larger items I use the Rubbermaid Brute 32 gallon garbage can

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Re: How much lye to use in a 5 gallon / 19L bucket
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2022, 09:05:04 PM »
I don't use lye but I have had great luck with the BRUTE products as far as my electro rig goes :thumbsup:
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