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Saving room and reusing storage containers

This is a discussion on Saving room and reusing storage containers within the Recycling, Composting, Reducing, Reuse, Environment forums, part of the Off-Grid Lifestyle category; When your putting stuff away for when SHTF something to consider is how much room you have for storage. When ever you can it might ...

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  1. #1
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    Saving room and reusing storage containers

    When your putting stuff away for when SHTF something to consider is how much room you
    have for storage. When ever you can it might a good idea to store your preps in a container
    that will serve a purpose when it is empty. I have a bunch of canning jars and a bunch of lids.
    Any small stuff I keep in the jars. And this way I know the stuff in the jars will stay dry and clean.

    Anyone have any other good ideas of what to use as a storage container?
    Taking your guns is like eating a whale,,,,,,One bite at a time

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    Jun 2017
    Pensacola, Florida
    4 Foot Cube Food Storage System for $80.

    We took an IBC 4 foot cube food grade shpping container and cached 36 bags (Total 1,800 pounds) of rice in it. The cube cost $80; the rice $500.

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    Our group had so much food that we ran out of storage space. We needed to move three tons of rice out of the barn to make room for other supplies. So we constructed a South wall on our pole barn to keep out the rain and sunlight. We then located several cubes under there.

    Our goal was to prevent moisture and rats, as well as increase space.

    We had planned to put four bags into 50 gallon plastic barrels but that would have cost us $400 verses the $80 using the cube.

    Two thirds of the metal bars were removed from one side using a side grinder. Then two thirds of the plastic face was removed.

    1 X 6 boards were placed on the floor just in case of condensation. The 50 lb. bags were then stacked, 5 to each layer, inside.

    Once filled, 1 X 4s were installed around the hole as "door jams", then the cut-out was screwed back into place. We duct taped the seams and then sprayed a rubber sealant over the tape to insure no airflow.. The cube is now airtight.

    The vendor says that they receive product in them weighing 2,100 lbs in a 275 Gallon cube. They stack one 2,000 lb load on another cube, for a maximum of two high.

    If you shelter at home
    , this can be done in the garage for your food stocks. The plastic conceals the contents. The cube can also be buried with the cut out at the top. The cube weighs at most 100 pounds so it can be placed on a skid and drug into the woods a long distance. After you empty it turn it sideways and fill it with water. We even have a few outside with blue tarps over them for shade.

    One cube can hold all food supplies required for 3 adults for 4 months. If questioned about it tell neighbors it is household items from your late Aunt Mary.
    Last edited by jimcosta; 07-22-2019 at 02:52 PM.
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    Apr 2016
    Way up the Shannon
    Glass never served me well on a boat, it rattles and all that so I used a lot of plastic containers. We have desalination and lots of water but you need power and if you want silence you need solar or a generator with the later being the best option. Plastic containers can thus be cleaned and used to store water and the more we ate the more containers were used to fill with clean water during safe generator runs. This also made it easier to go longer periods between running the desalination and generator so it’s a win win.
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