It took awhile but I wanted to get by with removing and rehanging the basement door only one time. It was a bit of a pain taking down the door multiple times when I added my big water barrels. The drums are all food safe types but I’m only doing the wheat and rice straight into the barrels. The mixed grains and beans will be in plastic bags and then stored in the barrels. It looks like the bean barrel will hold about 300 pounds in 25 pound bags. A guesstimate based on the barrel half full so far. I’m keeping the beans in bags because I want a bit of variety in my storage but Scifi Chick at the Blog “Bacon and Eggs” has a cool bean mix if you want to go that route.
In the mixed grains barrel I repackaged the corn, oats and barley in two gallon freezer bags that weigh on average twelve pounds each. The wheat and rice barrel will be loose in the barrel and I will add DE to all to take care of any bugs and assist with freshness. Once I start filling up the barrels I will get you an update on how many pounds each barrel will hold. As far as moving and using the food in the barrels I will keep my food grade buckets for transferring smaller amounts from the the barrels to the pantry.
I am also considering storing my beer grains in 55 gallon drums and setting up a beer making area. The beer area still needs more planning, but it would be nice to make beer without heating up the kitchen or turning it into a disaster area. I’m also playing around with the idea of an outdoor kitchen that sits on my covered patio. A “brick” bread oven and some over sized propane burners along with a sink and counter top to work on would be handy. That might be a goal for next year! I have budgeted for my wood stove and solar generator to be my goals for this year and those are enough big goals for me and more critical for my energy independence.
I’m still working on the the wood pile and getting it stacked. The shop is getting cleaned up and reorganized so I can actually use it as a work shop and not a storage unit/catch all. It has been nice to start getting things stored and put in the proper place. I much prefer organized stuff rather than clutter. So getting rid of the clutter has been good for me mentally though a lot of hardwork physically. Still more worked to be done but I’m making progress!