Old water butts

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Old water butts

Post: #197332 JeremyinCzechRep
Sun May 23, 2010 8:38 am

I went away for a few days in December. When I returned, my water butts had frozen solid. They remained frozen until the middle of March (it was a pretty nippy winter in the Czech Republic. As the ice melted, it all leaked out of the massive cracks in the bottom of the butts. I was planning to saw them up and put them into the plastic recycling bins in my village, but I also had a problem with compost space. My two compost bins were full... So, I cut through about 300 degrees of the bottom of the butts, drilled holes in the side and now have two extra compost bins. Pictures to follow.
I am planning to buy two new butts, and will (hopefully) remember to drain them at the beginning of December.
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Re: Old water butts

Post: #197346 Millymollymandy
Sun May 23, 2010 11:08 am

Hi Jeremy, we have the same problem and we've now got 3 water butt compost bins. We drilled holes all over them and they have turned out to be fantastic at filling up with worms and turning compost into good compost really fast. :cheers:

We need to remember to drain ours too, although it's mostly the smallest one that cracks (250 litres). Lost them the last two winters. :roll:
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Re: Old water butts

Post: #197349 pelmetman
Sun May 23, 2010 12:09 pm

We save as much rain water in butts as possible, any place we can put guttering we have it.

We bought are last two butts from France and they hold 500 litres each. Dave built a large wooden stand to put the butts on so that the taps are at waist height. He made a shelf running across the front so that we can place the watering cans on it and under the taps for filling which makes life a lot easier, especially for me as I suffer with a bad back. I think because the water is off the ground we have never experienced problems with them splitting from the cold.
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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202549 rodinfrance
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:43 pm

Hi Sue ,
I have just moved to France and am looking to buy some big waterbutts . Can you please let me know where you got your French water butts
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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202574 Millymollymandy
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:18 am

Hi Rod - have a look around at the DIY places and garden centres - water butts abound! Probably cheaper in the DIY (bricolage) places. Then you need to pray for rain! :iconbiggrin:
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Post: #202608 Kezz
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:00 am

It never occurred to me to worry about the water butts freezing :dontknow:

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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202635 rodinfrance
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:15 pm

Thank you Sue ,
I only moved to Aqutaine in the beginning of June and it rain for the first week non-stop while my friends were gleefully telling me how hot it was in the UK . Will take your advice and try the local Bricolage

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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202647 Mrs Moustoir
Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:36 pm

Have a look now as the sales are on in France (now until first week in August). I noticed the water butts were in the sale at Magasin Vert today but couldn't tell you how much they were - didn't pay enough attention as we don't need one!

You might be lucky and pick up a bargain.

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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202648 pelmetman
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:26 pm

Hi Rod,

We bought ours about 6 years ago, and I seem to recall I got both for about £70 which was an apsolute bargain compared to what a similar size butt over here would cost :cooldude:
Fortunatly we were in france delivering furniture to Sue's sister gite in our works van so had the space to get them in.
As MMM & Mrs Moustoir said you will find them in your local bricolarge, I would be interested in how much they are charging for a 500 ltr butt now :study:
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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202674 Millymollymandy
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:21 am

We even had a little bit of rain last night so that's filled the butts a bit! :cheers:
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Re: Old water butts

Post: #202675 Mrs Moustoir
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:02 am

Search for "RECUPÉRATEURS D'EAU". One brico chain has the caged 1000l square butts for €132.


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