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Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« on: October 03, 2008, 05:06:50 PM »
Any one have a on-line link to get Mylar bags that fit 5gal buckets, I have 25 screw tops on order to store many things.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008, 05:48:09 PM »
I just ordered some from Emergency Essentials (beprepared dot com) for $2.50.  Sorbent Systems has them cheaper but you need to buy way more.  I think the bags are 20" x 30" if I remember correctly.

A tip I just picked up was to use a foodsaver to seal them.  You need to make three passes to get it done, but it looks way easier than the iron method.  Frugal squirrels has a video.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008, 08:34:24 PM »
I have gotten them at sorbentsystems.  So far so good.  The iron method is not that hard.  We filled 12 pails completely in about an hour.  It worked very well using the iron.  You just need a flat surface to iron out the top of bag. 

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2008, 08:49:22 AM »
Any one have a on-line link to get Mylar bags that fit 5gal buckets, I have 25 screw tops on order to store many things.

Swamp

Daaaamn, 25 tops?  If you're talking about Gamma Seals, those things are kind of pricey.  I just bought 6 more & about crapped when I had to pay $7 a piece for 'em.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2008, 08:51:18 AM »
Nope, I can get FDA buckets with screw on tops through a guy at work. These are one piece units, with Gasket in the lid.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2008, 10:30:34 PM »
Nope, I can get FDA buckets with screw on tops through a guy at work. These are one piece units, with Gasket in the lid.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2008, 12:13:32 AM »
Nope, I can get FDA buckets with screw on tops through a guy at work. These are one piece units, with Gasket in the lid.

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Very lucky dog... Want to sell some???

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2008, 07:59:41 PM »
I wonder if there are any stores that sell Mylar bags or 5-6 gallon buckets for food storage. I would rather try to save money by not paying for shipping for these items if at all possible. I kinda bought a 15 pound bag of rice and didn't think about what to put it in. I have seen some stores online that ship beans, rice, ect in bulk. Has anyone tried any of these companies? If not, where are some places that might be local where I could buy in greater quantity?

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008, 08:47:37 PM »
I was wondering tonight about the diatomaceous earth.  Would coating the mylar bags with it be sufficient to keep the bugs out?  =-o

I'd really like to have the big buckets for storage of smaller bags.  That way, I don't have to crack open alot of it at once.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2008, 09:53:14 PM »
I also noticed that usaemergencysupply has them as well but I haven't bought from them.  The nice thing about them is they also sell oxygen absorbers and the price seems a bit better than beprepared.com.  I haven't loaded up a cart so I don't know what their shipping is.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2008, 10:51:40 AM »
I wonder if there are any stores that sell Mylar bags or 5-6 gallon buckets for food storage. I would rather try to save money by not paying for shipping for these items if at all possible. I kinda bought a 15 pound bag of rice and didn't think about what to put it in. I have seen some stores online that ship beans, rice, ect in bulk. Has anyone tried any of these companies? If not, where are some places that might be local where I could buy in greater quantity?

I bought some 5-6 gallon mylar bags from beprepared.com. They fit quite nicely into a 6 gallon bucket with left over to seal. 
Unfortunately they do not carry oxygen absorbers, I emailed them on that months ago.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2008, 10:52:39 AM »
I was wondering tonight about the diatomaceous earth.  Would coating the mylar bags with it be sufficient to keep the bugs out?  =-o

I'd really like to have the big buckets for storage of smaller bags.  That way, I don't have to crack open alot of it at once.

I expect that if you fill/seal the bags with supplies (after freezing them for a few days to make sure all critters are dead), then coat the bags with DE, you'd have made it about as bug proof as you can.


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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2008, 12:32:22 PM »
Honeyville Grain http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/ is good source for bulk storage and they do have oxygen absorbers and pails.  They also ship everything for only $4.49!  If you sign up on their email list you get regular discount codes also.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2008, 02:04:48 PM »
Thanks for the link!

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2008, 08:48:30 PM »
I'd really like to have the big buckets for storage of smaller bags.  That way, I don't have to crack open alot of it at once.

Thats a great idea. I wonder if you then would need to get 5 1 gallon mylar bags?

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2008, 09:43:33 PM »
If you have a sealer (or iron?), could you cut the 5 gallon bags into 5 1 gallon bags (or 4 1 gallon bags with a little left over)? Anyone try this?

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2008, 05:15:58 PM »
If you have a sealer (or iron?), could you cut the 5 gallon bags into 5 1 gallon bags (or 4 1 gallon bags with a little left over)? Anyone try this?

The bags are probably closer to 7, maybe 8 gallons as they have a reasonable amount of excess above the buckets in order to seal it.

I don't see why you couldn't cut and seal them into smaller bags, but it would be a ton of work unless you had a real sealer.  I use the iron method.

Sorbent systems sells all kinds of sizes of bags, I would probably look at buying pre-made smaller bags or use a foodsaver.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2008, 10:21:38 PM »
I wonder if there are any stores that sell Mylar bags or 5-6 gallon buckets for food storage. I would rather try to save money by not paying for shipping for these items if at all possible. I kinda bought a 15 pound bag of rice and didn't think about what to put it in. I have seen some stores online that ship beans, rice, ect in bulk. Has anyone tried any of these companies? If not, where are some places that might be local where I could buy in greater quantity?

We have co-op here in Erie, pa that sells me bulk items. I sometimes have to ask them ahead of time, but if it is in stock, they will sell it to me.  I got a 25 lbs bag of barley a month or so ago.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2008, 03:19:12 PM »
Any one have a on-line link to get Mylar bags that fit 5gal buckets, I have 25 screw tops on order to store many things.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2008, 09:36:51 PM »
Multiple answers following::::

Coldhaven:

Online stores that sell bulk items  Beprepared.com   and honeyvillegrain.com and also ldscatalog.com
I have ordered from all three.  lds is good because it comes prepackaged in a #10 can.  five choices I think on products to order.  Shipping was quick on all three.  Lds shipped out of Salt lake city by fedex, at my door in 4  days. 
As for local try health food stores (sun harvest or whole foods) come to mind.  Also check to see if there is a grocery warehouse or even produce area near you.  I have multiple of these here locally and can get rice, pinto beans, black beaNs, peanuts in 20-50 lb sacks.  Look in yellow pages under grocery and you might find a warehouse near you. 

BigDan:

On using DE, best to mix it in the bag.  It might help outside but if using a gasket sealed lid, problems should be almost non-existent.  Better to freeze product first to kill off any insect eggs, then you can package.  Also use "food grade" DE not the kind you use in  a pool.  Best bet for you would be to go LDS #10 cans and go by wally world or target and get a set of snapware cannisters that you could store in after opening the cans up.  That is what I currently use right now and they work well. 

ON O2 absorbers:

If you know anyone in LDS or have a LDS cannery near you prices are pretty reasonable from them on the absobers.   IF not you can also try frugalsquirrels.com in their store area for them also.

Sorbent systems is good on the bags, that is where I ordered mine from.  Also if you are using a mylar bag you can store them in a regular bucket like from lowe's or home depot.  Buckets are not quite food grade because of dye (possible coloring of stored food items if used without a mylar bag) but they can also be used.  Check for buckets at bakeries, donut shops ( the glaze comes in 2 or 5 lb buckets) at least the ones I have seen. 

Sealing mylar bags with an iron is pretty easy, just get a piece of plywood (this is the way I did it) set it on an emply 5 gallon bucket lay a towel on top and start at one corner smoothing it out as much as possible then iron a little at a time.  try to have contents in bag as settled as much as possible first.  If you do not want to use an iron, harbor freight has an impulse sealer for 40-50 bucks.

Freezing your grains is important to me.  lessens likelihood of future bug problems. 

Next time you are in a grocery store look in the flour aisle or dog food aisle and see if they are any moths flying around.....




Sorry for the long winded, jumping around on explaining post.  I hope it helps everyone. ;D

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2008, 09:46:11 PM »
Buckets and lids you can get from http://www.uline.com. I paid $5.00 each for 5 gal bucket and lids.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2009, 08:59:24 PM »
As mentioned Frugal is good to deal with:

http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/cgi-bin/miva?/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WMSL&Product_Code=WMSL-PP-MB5G

They also sell O2 absorbers.

You can cut your bags to any size you want and seal them.  The best method I've found for storing smaller qtys with large bags is to fill one corner of the large bag, drop in a couple O2 absorbers and then seal around that corner and snip it off.  That way you don't have to guess at the size of the smaller bag.  I use my wife's hair straightener as the sealer.

When you are shopping for bags don't forget to check the wall thickness too.  There are several different grades available so make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2009, 12:30:55 PM »
Does anyone know how much these 5gal bags weigh?  How big would a box of, say, 10 of them be?

I'm trying to estimate total cost including shipping from various suppliers.  Thus I need to make a reasonable guess at shipping weight and size.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2009, 01:26:20 PM »
I bought a box of 120 (5mill 7 gallon) last year and 100 O2 absorbers, and according to the shipping label on the box, it weighs 28 lbs.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2009, 08:49:44 PM »
Sorry guys but just to clarify, when you talk about the 6gal Mylar bags having extra room for sealing, are you talking about the ones on beprepared.com?
And when a site like this says their buckets are food-grade and made of FDA approved material... is that generally pretty reasonable to take their word for it or is there anything to watch out for?

Thanks.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2009, 07:20:32 AM »
And when a site like this says their buckets are food-grade and made of FDA approved material... is that generally pretty reasonable to take their word for it or is there anything to watch out for?

If you buy from a reputable company, I think you can trust that the buckets are food grade. Food grade aren't really more expensive to make, as so many kajillions are made each year the technology is pretty cheap. If you're using Mylar bags, does it matter much if they're food grade? The food won't ever come in contact with the bucket. At that point the bucket is just to protect the mylar.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2009, 08:11:06 AM »
I've heard of people cleaning and reusing potato chip mylar bags.  Is that a good idea?  My thought is that it may be hard to get all the grease off the inside of the bags and it might spoil whatever you have inside.  My husband eats a lot of chips, so if it worked, I might be willing to try it.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2009, 05:17:07 PM »
I just received an order from Sorbent systems and, although the bags are fine, I have to say I wasn't very happy with them for two reasons.

They didn't even ship my order for 12 days after receiving the order... then they tacked on an additional $5.25 charge above the quoted price online.

I still need to order 5 gal bags and will probably try one of the other companies.

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Re: Where to get Mylar 5gal bags
« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2009, 11:49:23 AM »
For smaller bags try http://store.pacificbag.com/5lb22kiloxl6-34x4-58x20-34.aspx

Also, Mylar by itself is a poor barrier.  You need to have a foil laminated bag.  Basically it is a layer of foil between layers of PETE (usually called mylar)  The link above is a good example of a laminated bag.  The laminated bag has the benefit of the foil's 100% barrier along with the flexibility of the plastic.