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Old 08-10-2011, 07:13 PM
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Hey all, I've got a cedar lined closet in the upstairs hallway that's basically sitting unused. I started putting up 2x1s for the shelf supports today when I started to think, is there anything in cedar that could be bad? Maybe I'm overthinking here again, but from what I understand cedar is used kind as an insect repellent. I mean that's why I have a cedar chest that I store my bedding in at the food of my bed ;-).

So would the natural chemicals within the wall paneling (that's cedar chip board) cause any harm to the food I store there? I'm figuring on just storing canned goods and maybe some mylar bags of rice and beans.

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i would not think so you should be fine
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Should be no problem at all
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i would put all foods that arnt cann goods in 5 gal buckets that way it doesnt matter. cann goods would be fine in the closet. all else in buckets you dont want rats

you can get 5 gal buckets at bakery shops for cheap if not free. just make sure the lid has a rubber gasket so it will get a good seal
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Thanks guys. Got the mylar and o2 absorbers coming tomorrow, will pick up the rest of the shelving lumber tomorrow and then hit wally world tomorrow evening.

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i would put all foods that arnt cann goods in 5 gal buckets that way it doesnt matter. cann goods would be fine in the closet. all else in buckets you dont want rats

you can get 5 gal buckets at bakery shops for cheap if not free. just make sure the lid has a rubber gasket so it will get a good seal
I could see cardboard picking up the smell and then maybe food inside (ie box on noodles).

Anything packed for long term storage would be fine.

How hot does it get in the closit? That would be my biggest concern.
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contrary to popular belief and being totally wrong ....... food packed in the bucket/mylar/02 system WILL pick up the atmosphere that the buckets are stored ..... you create a vacuum within the buckets and outside air is very slowly re-absorbed into your stored food .....

No idea how a cedar smell would translate into a potential taste in your food ......
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cedar has a natural pesticide, thats why bugs wont eat it...I personally wouldn't store food in there.
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I use cedar planks to cook fish, cedar is used for the flavor it gives. If you like the taste you should be fine. dmen
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im at the belief if you can afford cedar. do it. its a great wood, it last, and has great properties
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People live in homes made of cedar logs. It's harmless.
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