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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby ReadyMom » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:21 pm

That's the beauty of 'seasoned' preppers, Anita & Swamp ... we can offer valuable suggestions that were NOT available to us back in the 'early' days of prepping (2005-06 or so). There's so much MORE available for folks now. So LITTLE info, back then. Sharing info, as we learned is the the backbone to the current prep forums/blogs. -k
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby daaswampman » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:04 pm

ReadyMom wrote:That's the beauty of 'seasoned' preppers, Anita & Swamp ... we can offer valuable suggestions that were NOT available to us back in the 'early' days of prepping (2005-06 or so). There's so much MORE available for folks now. So LITTLE info, back then. Sharing info, as we learned is the the backbone to the current prep forums/blogs. -k


Do you mean like the two tons of hard red wheat I stored in 1999 and I don't eat bread? Trust me a little humor helps at times! Swamp
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby NJMike » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:02 am

Ah...1999. I wasn't a full on prepper then. I was only hoarding champagne for an anticipated shortage. I didn't have the red wheat issue. All bottles were drank. :)

One suggestion about lots of small mylar bags in a large container is to think about what's inside the bags and how they're packed in that larger container. If contents are coarse and/or many bags stacked, by rubbing together one could end up with a few bags tearing or getting pinholes.

I store a variety of things, but mostly in 5gal buckets or #10 can cases, as they are portable enough with a hand truck. I recently moved and had to relocate my food stores. I was able to do this in one truckload, however...that was just the food. If I had to bug out with all my food and gear, my vehicle would look like one of those overladen 3rd world trucks.
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby sageprice » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:45 am

Since I have chickens, my grain is in constant circulation. I use to have squirrel and rodent problems until I lazily left a bucket of used engine oil out before I re-bottled it to recycle. Next day I found a mouse in it. Disposed of the mouse and went to change the antifreeze. Still being lazy, I left it in an open bucket by the oil, found another mouse in the oil. Huh? A liquid mouse trap. Then I started to find dead squirrels. Were the drinking antifreeze? Well anyway I don't have any squirrel or mouse problems.
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby Gunns » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:07 pm

Illini Warrior wrote:
Cast Iron wrote:I had a red squirrel determined to gnaw through a five gallon bucket lid to get to the bird seed in there. I found it in time, but he sure did wreck that lid.

Later, I wrecked him with a hollow point pellet to the head.



most people don't realize that these rodent types are capable of some almost supercreature behavior ... had to give the bad word to a guy on another prepper site - he cut open a IBC tote and made it into a dry foods storage bin - thinking it was rodent proof - they can chew thru light sheetmetal and concrete if necessary - heavy plastic is just teasing them ...


Squirrels are Super Smart Devils. They can figure out just about anything thrown at them.
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby Cast Iron » Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:11 pm

Gunns wrote:
Illini Warrior wrote:
Cast Iron wrote:I had a red squirrel determined to gnaw through a five gallon bucket lid to get to the bird seed in there. I found it in time, but he sure did wreck that lid.

Later, I wrecked him with a hollow point pellet to the head.



most people don't realize that these rodent types are capable of some almost supercreature behavior ... had to give the bad word to a guy on another prepper site - he cut open a IBC tote and made it into a dry foods storage bin - thinking it was rodent proof - they can chew thru light sheetmetal and concrete if necessary - heavy plastic is just teasing them ...


Squirrels are Super Smart Devils. They can figure out just about anything thrown at them.


Not a 19grn pellet moving at 800FPS.

They sure can stop one with their head. :)
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby RayMac1963 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:41 pm

NJMike wrote:Ah...1999. I wasn't a full on prepper then. I was only hoarding champagne for an anticipated shortage. I didn't have the red wheat issue. All bottles were drank. :)


Pfffft... In 99 i was closer to Tyler from American Preppers then the zen type cat i am now. ;) Getting ready for y2k I have about 5 or 6k into a gas genny system in my garage that completely ran my basement and kitchen (no visible lights above ground, I had ammo and water stacked up but mainly food for a short term siege. I had wood panel barricades for my first floor windows with gun slots, and had glass blocked all my basement widows for security. Time has a way of mellowing your concept of what a crisis would look like. I'm not looking for a fight like i use to.
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby NJMike » Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:42 pm

In '99 I was content with a lot of champagne if the world went to hell. Perhaps...that was more Zen. :p

Actually I was in IT and didn't buy into the Y2K panic. 8)
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby RayMac1963 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:15 pm

Yeah, Champagne is definitely more Zen. :rofl:
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Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

Postby SSG Nasty » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:44 am

Sound advice from a friendly forum.
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