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Title: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on March 06, 2009, 06:10:30 AM
So I'm surfing the County Comm (http://www.countycomm.com/index1.htm) website, which I frequently do when I have a little money that refuses to stay in my pocket, when I run across the Emergency Blankets (http://www.countycomm.com/blanket.htm).

It says they're made from heavy mylar...so this begs the question, "could I make mylar food bags out of this"?  An 84" x 52" sheet of mylar for only $1.80, seems doggone cheap to me, especially if you consider what a roll of mylar goes for.  If someone didn't need a lot of mylar bags would this be an alternative?  I haven't tested the theory...someone needs to. ;)

I understand you can seal mylar with a clothes iron, true? Or not?  Just an idea for some of our "financially challenged" (like me) members to consider if they'd like to try mylar but don't have the coinage to drop on all the gadgets.
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 07:23:26 AM
Oooh!  DEV, you may have stumbled upon a gold mine.  I hadn't even thought of that myself.

Oh, and damn you for making me click the link.  I have a County Comm addiction I've been ignoring.  (*shakes fist*)

$1.80 per space blanket, 84" x 52"
http://www.countycomm.com/blanket.htm (http://www.countycomm.com/blanket.htm)
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on March 06, 2009, 08:01:34 AM
Oooh!  DEV, you may have stumbled upon a gold mine.  I hadn't even thought of that myself.

Oh, and damn you for making me click the link.  I have a County Comm addiction I've been ignoring.  (*shakes fist*)

$1.80 per space blanket, 84" x 52"
http://www.countycomm.com/blanket.htm (http://www.countycomm.com/blanket.htm)
LOL, me too...I have a whole shopping cart full of goodies I've haven't pulled the trigger on yet. :-\

But yeah, why wouldn't the space blanket work?
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 08:16:12 AM
Well, when you do pull the trigger, be sure to put one of those in the cart.  That way, you can try it out and report back.  ;-]

Hell, I planned on going to Wal-Mart and Academy today anyway.  I may pick one up if I can remember...
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on March 06, 2009, 08:18:06 AM
Well, when you do pull the trigger, be sure to put one of those in the cart.  That way, you can try it out and report back.  ;-]

Hell, I planned on going to Wal-Mart and Academy today anyway.  I may pick one up if I can remember...
Done. ;)
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 08:21:39 AM
If it truly is mylar, it should work.  I just hope it seals properly and not just melt together into mush.  lol
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: SwampMonster on March 06, 2009, 08:28:09 AM
Might not be thick enough.

Chuck
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 08:47:19 AM
Ahhh...  Aren't the bags something like 5 layers?
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: Stein on March 06, 2009, 09:50:37 AM
Mylar food bags and mylar space blankets are night and day different.  The space blankets will rip just by looking at them.  Food bags are just about indestructible.  You could form bags with them, but they wouldn't last.
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on March 06, 2009, 10:01:39 AM
Mylar food bags and mylar space blankets are night and day different.  The space blankets will rip just by looking at them.  Food bags are just about indestructible.  You could form bags with them, but they wouldn't last.
Bah!  Killjoy... ;D

The blankets on County Comm said "heavy duty"...don't guess that counts huh?
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 10:08:14 AM
lol!  We shall see...
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: archer on March 06, 2009, 10:19:18 AM
Test it DEV and we'll all see if it will work. So you'll have to create a bag, store stuff in it, then abuse it and see how it stands up to your abuse.
I like county-comm.com but have a problem with them. They are very close to me but I cannot do a will-call order. Hate to pay for shipping when I can easily stop by there anytime... Oh well.
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 10:49:27 AM
Yeah, it's amazing how some people refuse to alter simple business practices like that.  I really don't see a reason why they couldn't just allow walk-ins or will-calls like you said.

By the way, Archer, thank you for sig'ing me...  ;-]
I'm glad my subtlety was picked up upon...
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: archer on March 06, 2009, 11:06:30 AM
Yeah, it's amazing how some people refuse to alter simple business practices like that.  I really don't see a reason why they couldn't just allow walk-ins or will-calls like you said.

They say it is because they are a gov contractor which I can see might be valid.

By the way, Archer, thank you for sig'ing me...  ;-]
I'm glad my subtlety was picked up upon...
I laughed out loud when I read that...
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: BigDanInTX on March 06, 2009, 11:23:55 AM
Ahh, that makes sense...
I laughed out loud when I read that...
=-]
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: Hraz on March 06, 2009, 11:51:26 AM
There must be a place to purchase the thicker mylar by the sheet.
Title: Re: DIY Mylar Bags? (A Question)
Post by: creuzerm on March 06, 2009, 12:08:49 PM
I opened up one of my emergency blankets last week, just to fiddle with it. It was one that wasn't folded down as small as the others, so it took twice the space in a bag.

I thought the same thing...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PET_film_(biaxially_oriented)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_blanket

It would be a simple matter of burning out the vacuum motor on my cheap sealer (as it needs to vacuum down before it seals) making up bags.

I think the regular vacuum bags are air tight as it is, right?

Would using a DIY mylar as an extra layer make sense? Inside our out? These blankets may, or may not be 'food grade'.

Overkill?