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Using IBC tote liner without cage?

 
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I have a source for a food-grade liner for an IBC tank. It's cheap/free. Neighbour is using the cage for firewood.

I could fill it half-full of rainwater, maybe, on its own. Or build a cage with posts and wood.

Anybody done this?
 
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ive got one of those cubes, have not had to use it yet. but what you are wanting to do sounds totally doable, box it in with wood structure would support the sides from bowing out.
 
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Or industrial size compost bins? Instant greenhouse / wood bin / mini-shed?

 
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I have one where the cage might as well be off... It's missing 1/3 of the horizontal bars and all but one of the vertical ones are bent, broken or not in contact with the tank. I have filled it up and it seems to be fine. Someone told me that the cage is just for transportation. If that's actually true, I don't know.

The instant greenhouse idea has me thinking...
 
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I scored 4 of them! Woohoo!

All from transporting juice to a craft cider maker, so they're safe for garden water.

I'll keep two for water, and the other two will become composters that I can move/stir with my little tractor.

And my neighbour, who is glad to get rid of them, will get a few nice beers.
 
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A friend gave me one without the cage.   I filled it 2/3 full of rainwater and put fish in it and it promptly bulged out and cracked horizontally mid way.  So I built a wooden frame around it for support and put a plastic liner inside and still use it but it was damaged quite a lot.  Guess they need that cage for support if holding liquid.  

 
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Yes, I brought one over and it will definitely need a reinforcing structure to keep from bulging out.

It's a lot lighter weight plastic than the old one I have, which is inside a cage.

Regardless, I'm happy I diverted them from the landfill.
 
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If I had one I'd dig a hole and mostly bury it, then use it as a mini pond.
 
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Yeah, I had the same thought. But to me they're way more valuable as mega compost bins and storage tanks that I can move around. I also don't think I could sell an industrial square pond to the keeper of aesthetic standards, who is also my better half.
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