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Bucket Hopper
« on: July 14, 2015, 05:02:13 PM »
I was going to use a 5 gallon bucket as a hopper for my new Monster Mill. Anyone have pictures or design of a similar setup?

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2015, 07:04:28 PM »

I was going to use a 5 gallon bucket as a hopper for my new Monster Mill. Anyone have pictures or design of a similar setup?
I recommend buying the hopper from monster. It's relatively inexpensive and fits very well.

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2015, 07:48:42 PM »
I actually do have it. I'm just not jazzed that the included hardware for the hopper isn't stainless steel. I'm not sure I love the fact that the grain is running over cadmium.

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2015, 07:59:28 PM »
I always thought that was galvanized steel. Anyway, do you think that hard kernels of grain would really pick any up?
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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2015, 08:07:40 PM »
The hopper is steel. I'm talking about the screws. Probably not, just being OCD. Although you wouldn't find that in any other food industry applications.

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Bucket Hopper
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2015, 08:13:25 PM »
How could you tell the hardware is cadmium?

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2015, 08:32:34 PM »
You can always rivet the hopper with whatever metal you prefer.

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2015, 08:36:18 PM »
How could you tell the hardware is cadmium?

I tasted it. I called them earlier and they said they are not SS. Unless I misunderstood the rep., I believe he said cad. coated.
Either way, they aren't SS.

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Bucket Hopper
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2015, 09:07:02 PM »
You can always rivet the hopper with whatever metal you prefer.
Good point. A quick order from McMaster Carr would be easier compared to building a hopper and getting it attached well. LowesDepot might even have machine screws in stainless that would fit well.

edit - honestly, the cadmium is likely electroplated and should be very stable under normal usage. Your not applying hear or running abrasives through.
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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2015, 09:26:52 PM »
You can always rivet the hopper with whatever metal you prefer.
Good point. A quick order from McMaster Carr would be easier compared to building a hopper and getting it attached well. LowesDepot might even have machine screws in stainless that would fit well.

edit - honestly, the cadmium is likely electroplated and should be very stable under normal usage. Your not applying hear or running abrasives through.
The hopper is made from "G90 hot dip galvanized steel".  Just looked up my emails with Fred (where I asked if aluminum or steel rivets would be preferred).  Aluminum rivets are fine.  I used 1/8 inch rivets with a 1/8 inch rivet washer (the rivets without the washer are barely too small for the hole and will creep out otherwise).

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2015, 09:42:28 PM »
Now I'm thinking about riveting mine. Not for concerns of material, just to make it a cleaner install. Heading to harbor freight this weekend.

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2015, 12:56:21 AM »

How could you tell the hardware is cadmium?

I tasted it. I called them earlier and they said they are not SS. Unless I misunderstood the rep., I believe he said cad. coated.
Either way, they aren't SS.






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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2015, 01:00:45 AM »
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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2015, 11:30:02 AM »




Awesome. Poor Flick.   ;)
Wait a minute. You are worried about hard dry grain passing over it but your OK with TASTING IT?!
How could you tell the hardware is cadmium?

I tasted it. I called them earlier and they said they are not SS. Unless I misunderstood the rep., I believe he said cad. coated.
Either way, they aren't SS.
Don't let the bastards cheer you up.

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Re: Bucket Hopper
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2015, 11:35:23 AM »
Only joking...didn't eat the screw  ::)