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How Much Fits in a 5-Gallon Bucket?

As preppers, we’re always asking how much food fits in a 5-gallon bucket, or some variation thereof. We go back and forth between pounds (or, kilograms for the rest of the world) and gallons. A 50-pound bag of rice fits in how many five gallon buckets? How about dividing the ten pounds of oatmeal that I just bought? I want to put that into manageable one-gallon mylar bags, so how many?

Coming from the other point of view, when you look at storage and see a dozen (5-gal) buckets of beans and a dozen buckets of rice, you know that you have roughly a year’s supply of food. Below is a handy chart for you to use to see how much of a particular food item will fit in a one-gallon mylar bag and a five-gallon bucket.

Maximum Weights Of Dry Goods That Will Fit In 5 Gallon Bucket

Item Weight per Gallon Weight per 5-Gallon Bucket
Cracked Red Wheat
30-32#
Hard Red/White Wheat
35#
Lentils
6–6.5#
Barley
36-37#
Corn
35#
Oat Groats
35#
Oats (Rolled)
20#
Oats (Steel Cut)
35#
Buckwheat (Hulled)
35#
Flax
31#
White Rice (Long Grain)
35#
Rice (Par Boiled)
35#
Bran (Oat)
25#
Bran (Wheat)
12.5#
Dog Food, Dry (Pedigree Adult)
18-20#
  • How much cracked wheat fits into a five-gallon bucket? 29.2 pounds or 13.2 kilos.
  • How much hard red wheat fits into a five-gallon bucket? 37.5 pounds or 17 kilos.
  • How much hard white wheat fits into a five-gallon bucket? 37.5 pounds or 17 kilos.
  • How much pearled barley fits into a five-gallon bucket? 36.7 pounds or 16.6 kilos.
  • How much whole corn, kernel corn, popcorn, or dent corn fits into a five-gallon bucket? 37.5 pounds or 17 kilos.
  • How much hulled buckwheat fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much flax fits into a five-gallon bucket? 31.7 pounds or 14.3 kilos.
  • How much long-grain white rice fits into a five-gallon bucket? 36.7 pounds or 16.6 kilos.
  • How much long-grain brown rice fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35.8 pounds or 16.2 kilos.
  • How much par-boiled rice fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much rolled oats fits into a five-gallon bucket? 20.8 pounds or 9.4 kilos.
  • How much oat groats fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much oat bran fits into a five-gallon bucket? 25 pounds or 11.3 kilos.
  • How much wheat bran fits into a five-gallon bucket? 12.5 pounds or 5.7 kilos.
  • How much steel-cut oats fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much rye fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much granola or 9-grain cereal fits into a five-gallon bucket? 31.7 pounds or 14.3 kilos.
  • How much hulled millet fits into a five-gallon bucket? 35.8 pounds or 16.2 kilos.
  • How much wheat bran fits in a 5-gallon bucket? 12.5 pounds or 5.7 kilos.
  • How much all-purpose flour fits in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much cornmeal fits in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much beans (generally) will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much anasazi beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much black turtle beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much black eyed peas beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 31.7 pounds or 14.3 kilos.
  • How much garbanzo beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much great northern beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 35 pounds or 15.9 kilos.
  • How much green peas will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much kidney beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much lentils will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 35.8 pounds or 16.2 kilos.
  • How much lima beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 35.8 pounds or 16.2 kilos.
  • How much mung beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 37.5 pounds or 17 kilos.
  • How much pink beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 34.2 pounds or 15.5 kilos.
  • How much pinto beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 34.2 pounds or 15.5 kilos.
  • How much dehydrated refried beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 20.8 pounds or 9.4 kilos.
  • How much small red beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 34.2 pounds or 15.5 kilos.
  • How much navy beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 37.5 pounds or 17 kilos.
  • How much soy beans will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 33.3 pounds or 15.1 kilos.
  • How much Macaroni will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 20.8 pounds or 9.4 kilos.
  • How much Egg Noodles will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 13.3 pounds or 6 kilos.
  • How much Spaghetti will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 29.2 pounds or 13.2 kilos.
  • How much Applesauce will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 16.7 pounds or 7.6 kilos.
  • How much Apple Slices will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 8.3 pounds or 3.8 kilos.
  • How much Banana will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 11.7 pounds or 5.3 kilos.
  • How much Diced Carrots will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 16.7 pounds or 7.6 kilos.
  • How much Cross-Cut Celery will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 6.7 pounds or 3 kilos.
  • How much Chopped Onions will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 15 pounds or 6.8 kilos.
  • How much Potato Dices will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 13.3 pounds or 6 kilos.
  • How much Potato Slices will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 8.3 pounds or 3.8 kilos.
  • How much Potato Flakes will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 12.5 pounds or 5.7 kilos.
  • How much Potato Granules will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 37.5 pounds or 17 kilos.
  • How much Tomato Powder will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 29.2 pounds or 13.2 kilos.
  • How much Butter Powder or Margarine Powder will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 20.8 pounds or 9.4 kilos.
  • How much Cheese Powder will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 20.8 pounds or 9.4 kilos.
  • How much Non-Fat Dry Milk will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 29.2 pounds or 13.2 kilos.
  • How much Powdered Whole Eggs will fit in a 5-gallon bucket? 20.8 pounds or 9.4 kilos.