I use dishes like this .
I do not know the English term for them. They are made for mixing dough. You can find them in the nonfood department of every supermarket. They are not too high and have a large opening, which is important, as a 16x20 tray is heavy and somewhat floppy. To my experience, 2,5L of chemicals are enough. Rinsing the prints is the bottleneck in the process as you want to rinse them separately. If you do not have the space for large trays, chances are, you do not have space for separate trays for rinsing.
I have tried to develop large prints in a large tube. This works fine for the first print until you have to get the wet print out of the tube. I suppose, you can not rinse a fiber print in a tube as there is no way to make sure that the back gets washed. Others say it would be fine, as the back does not get soaked with chemicals YMMV.
I have done it several times as I too do not have the space for large trays, but don't like the workflow much. I prefer to stick with 12x16.
EDIT: I suppose I should supply the linkt to the source of the picture: Curver
Last edited by Ulrich Drolshagen; 09-15-2011 at 10:25 AM. Click to view previous post history.