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Offline SpaceCaptain

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Mylar sealers
« on: February 16, 2012, 12:51:49 PM »
For my food preps, I typically use 1 gallon mylar bags, 2000cc O2 absorbers, and seal them with a small heat sealer:
http://www.amazon.com/SCG-TS-100-Sealer-Battery-Operated/dp/B000E8OKQ8/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1329421475&sr=8-13

The sealer works but is a pain to use because it's so small. I'm looking around for a better sealer, but some of them are $100 or more. Can anyone suggest a good, inexpensive sealer that works well for mylar? I'm open to alternatives too if there is something better.

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 01:02:40 PM »
A clothes iron works fine.
Or a hobby sealing iron like this:
http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/cov/covcovr2550.htm

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 01:25:31 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. In my opinion an iron seems a little more troublesome as bags get full with food. I thought sealers that clamp down on both sides of the bag were easier to use, but I haven't actually used irons for sealing so I could be wrong about all that.

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 01:33:54 PM »
I've used my 'flat iron' before and it works well.

It's for women's hair - like a curling iron, but with 2 hot flat plates that you squeeze together; they're smooth, so you can just draw it across the opening.  they cost about 25 bucks...


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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 04:52:28 PM »
I use an iron and a 48" Box Beam Aluminum Level. The level is long enough to lay across the bucket which makes it easy to seal the large 5 gallon bags when they're full. Small bags aren't much of a problem unless you overfill them.

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 11:50:30 AM »
I use this one http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Sealer-Model-KF-150CST-Storage/dp/B003HO30TE/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1336153633&sr=1-1. Pricey but works very well for mylar bags. 2 heat settings, I need to use high setting for mylar. I guess low setting is good for plastic bags or such, but never tried.

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 08:38:30 PM »
I use my flat iron too, after using the food saver to air remove and oxy absorbers. (ironically, my one friend who is actually with moveon.org gave me the flat iron...)

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 01:58:52 PM »
I use a hair straightener.....10 bucks at the local drug store.

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 07:59:32 PM »
I used an iron and a metal level. Worked great!

I now have a food saver. It works better!

 

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Re: Mylar sealers
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 08:09:55 PM »
My brother bought a commercial sealer that to me didn't hold up very long. Stopped working properly after couple hundred seals. Also hard to handle for buckets. Iron with a 2x4 works best. Much easier to ensure there are no unsealed parts(Thicker sealed area) I was trying to seal as close to the food as possible. If you use the proper amount of O2 absorbers its not an issue.