Buckets can be purchased new or used. A hobbyist will often skimp in the area. Indeed, new buckets can be expensive; however, used buckets may go for $2.00 or less. If used buckets are considered, avoid any with rust or other damage. Clean all buckets with a 1 to 20 bleach to water solution and rinse several times. Lids should also be used if possible. Lids limit contamination and dilution by rain, snow, birds, etc. Lids can be fabricated or bought for somewhat less than the cost of buckets.