How To Work Out Which Size Of Bucket You Need

Sometimes you need a bucket for a specific purpose. You know what it looks like in your minds eye, but trying to describe that bucket size isn’t easy. Out comes the ruler or tape measure (when you find it, because it’s right at the back of the drawer) and you try to envisage how big the bucket will need to be.

Maybe you want a bucket to hold 1kg of product. However, 1kg of two different items can have very different volumes. The bucket in the cupboard which holds 10kg of cat litter isn’t going to work for 10kg of pebbles.

Trying to gauge how many litres you need when you are filling it with, for example, marshmallows isn’t the easiest thing to work out.

You’ve had a look at the images on the website, but as there’s nothing next to the picture for scale, and they are described in millilitres or litres, how do you know how big they actually are?

There is a way!

The easiest method is to add the quantity of the product you need the bucket for, into a measuring jug. This will then show you the volume in millilitres or litres. You can then choose the closest pot or bucket to that volume.

There are two measurement for most pots and buckets. Brimful comes right to the top edge, useful volume or under the lid volume is the maximum volume under the lid when it is fitted.

Step 1

Step 1

Get a measuring jug and the product you need the pot or bucket for.

Step 2

Step 2

Pour the product into a measuring jug.

Step 3

Step 3

You can now see the volume it takes, this is the volume of the pot or bucket you need in ml or litres.

Step 4

Step 4

Choose a container the correct size. Remember brimful is to the top of the container. If you need to fit a lid, use the volume under lid or useful volume measurement.

Step 5

Step 5

Fill the new container.

Step 6

Step 6

Your product fills the new pot perfectly.

If the steps above aren’t possible because you can’t transfer the product into a measuring jug, there is an alternative.

Put the product you need to measure into any container. Mark the top level where it fills to, take it out and then fill it to the same level with water using a measuring jug. Note the volume of water required to reach the mark and voila! You now know how many litres you require. Again, use the size guide from the information sheet so you can see if it is the correct height and width you need.

Step 1

Step 1

Mark the top level of the product in a container.

Step 2

Step 2

Fill with water to the mark.

Step 3

Step 3

Fill a measuring jug with the water from the container.

Step 4

Step 4

The volume of the water is the pot size in ml or litres you require.

Step 5

Step 5

Choose a pot with the same volume. Remember to check if you need brimful or under the lid volume.

Step 6

Step 6

Your product fits perfectly in the container.

Lid Diameter

Be aware, there can be different size lids for the same volume pot, meaning a different height of bucket or pot. For example, we have two 3 litre premium buckets, one is 108mm high with a 249mm diameter lid and the other is 212mm high with a 212mm diameter lid – but the volume is still 3 litres. This is personal preference, so you need to check the actual dimensions of the bucket or pot on the information sheet.

This is the main reason for the different lid diameters. If the diameter grows the container height can reduce but the volume stays the same.

If you are selling snacks you don’t necessarily want a deep pot as the bottom could get crushed, so you’ll choose a shallower pot. If you are filling a pot with metal fasteners the bottom items aren’t going to get crushed, and the smaller the diameter, the more pots you can get on the shelf side by side.

The shape of a pot is a personal preference, and tends to be influenced by similar product packaging. What works for one person might not work for another. Always check the dimensions as well as the volume.

3 litre bucket

3 litre bucket

Fish Bait Bucket

A gentleman phoned us because he required a specific bucket for his fish bait. He hadn’t purchased from us before, but did have an old bucket in front of him that had seen better days and needed replacing. The old bucket was 8 gallons and the dimensions had to be the same or as close a possible because when the lid is in place, it creates a perfect seal to keep the fish bait fresh, as they aren’t refrigerated.

While he was on the phone, we calculated 8 gallons to be around 30 litres and using the dimensions of his old bucket we could recommend our 30 litre premium bucket which is very similar. All the information was emailed over along with a quotation, he’s now become a happy customer.

30 litre. Buckets for Fish Bait