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Old 09-18-2011, 12:41 PM
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Random question. Any idea how high you can safely stack store bought cases of canned goods? I am not talking about the potential for it falling over, nor the weight capacity of the floor. Rather the weight on the bottom couple of cases of canned goods. I don't want them to crush or dent. Right now they are stacked 8 cases high.

Any ideas? Thx.
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Real easy. What we do is for the bulk of stuff we store them in milk crates and they hold up real well never had one break down ever. You can stack them all the way to the roof and they move around real easy. You can sort stuff in there so when you pull out one you can have all of one thing or what we do we pack them with roughly what we would want for a week or so. Along with your other stuff it transports easy from where we keep the bulk cans.
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My guess is you could stack them floor to ceiling without crushing. Easy enough to figure out. Just stack one can on another until the bottom one gets crushed. The physics is virtually the same for this as stacked cases.
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The cylinder is extremely strong on edge. You could stack hundreds high if you had the ability. If you had a two story building and a platform to do it, you may be able to get it that high but under normal circumstances you would only be able to stack with a ladder.

Be sure to band or strap/support them just in case of earthquake, or impact SHTF situation.

The picture below is stacked coke cans in their flimsy cardboard cases. Tin cans would be a lot stronger than the cans used in canning soda. The stacks are separated by pallets. There are no shelving or supports. They separate the stacks with pallets to help level them. The bottom cans are supporting all the weight.

Canned food should be the same or better.

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just a suggestion ...... if the cases aren't totally boxed or shrink wrapped, you need to band the cans together with a loop of tape ...... it also helps to put a "slipsheet" of corrugated in between the cases .....
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Random question. Any idea how high you can safely stack store bought cases of canned goods? I am not talking about the potential for it falling over, nor the weight capacity of the floor. Rather the weight on the bottom couple of cases of canned goods. I don't want them to crush or dent. Right now they are stacked 8 cases high.

Any ideas? Thx.
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And some cans are lots thinner than others. I don't think that you'll have any problems if they are standard steel cans.
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