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I wrote a vacuum sealer buyer's guide, and there is a ton of great information here.

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Please excuse my stupidity; what is a 'sticky'? 'Bump'? (refresh?)

There is a lot of good information here and I have a lot of catching up to do. Looks like all my mylar questions have been answered!

Thanks to all who got this info together.
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Please excuse my stupidity; what is a 'sticky'? 'Bump'? (refresh?)

There is a lot of good information here and I have a lot of catching up to do. Looks like all my mylar questions have been answered!

Thanks to all who got this info together.
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Sorbent Systems oxygen absorbers contain Iron Powder (Fe), Active Carbon (C), Salt & Vermiculite.

Source > https://www.sorbentsystems.com/pdf/o...sorbermsds.pdf

Oxygen Absorbers are rated by the number of cc’s (Cubic Centimeters) of Oxygen that they will absorb.

Anyone have a credible reference of the ratio of iron powder to salt per 100cc O2A’s contain?

I google searched & cannot find an authoritative answer.

The reason I ask is amongst my pyrotechnic supplies I have about 80 lbs of very fine iron powder.



I also have a considerable amount of salt, activated carbon, vermiculite & assorted thin durable vapor permeable fabric materials.

My thought is since new O2A’s have a relatively short shelf life; there may come a time where the need for them may arise; factory manufactured O2A’s could be near impossible to find/acquire/buy.

Why not pre-package a certain amount of each individual O2A ingredient in separate heat sealed Mylar bags, so they cannot activate. Then, securely store the O2A ingredients away, along with individual packaging material.

So that if the need arises?
One could readily make high quality individual fresh 500, 1000 & 2000cc O2A’s on demand.
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Note: When I say "seal" I'm speaking strictly of using mylar bags, with O2 absorber. My plan so far is to stock ahead 30 days on basics and 6 mos on some staples (rice, beans, flour, coffee, herbs, etc.)

As I progress in my preparedness planning, and adding more ingredients, I come up against the question of what NOT to bother storing in Mylar.

For example, I think it's obvious not to seal a bottle of vodka! But taking that obvious example and dialing it down, we eventually come to vanilla...and things like that.

And what about fine powders? Like baking soda and powder? I've heard that fine particles have so much surface area that you really don't gain a ton of time by mylar / o2 because each tiny particle is being assaulted by whatever air there is. (The same reasoning people mylar coffee beans instead of ground)

So my basic question is: Is there a definitive list of what "NOT" to mylar or vac seal?

Thanks so much all!
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Will soon receive my 1 Gal Mylar bags. Question is what type of heat sealer do
I need. And how many C02 absorbers, will I need for say 6 LBS of flour? I was thinking 300 .
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Will soon receive my 1 Gal Mylar bags. Question is what type of heat sealer do
I need. And how many C02 absorbers, will I need for say 6 LBS of flour? I was thinking 300 .
I just use an iron. A curling iron will also work very well, I'm told.

You don't want to fill the bag too full, though I understand you're able to fit more in a bag with the curling iron method. You want to be able to get a good amount of area to iron on firmly. I aim for 1 or 1.5 inches, though maybe that's too much?

Some people will take a small board and kind of use that to wrap the top of the bag around, so you have a nice hard, flat surface to iron. I use a small wooden cutting board.

I use a 1 gallon bucket to fill them. The bags fit inside decently. But then I can put the cutting board on top of the bucket and then lean the bag up against the board and it's about the same height, so that allows me a hard, flat surface to iron.

You want the ironed part to be as flat as possible. You'll get better at it as you go along. I usually go over it several times, make sure you get the ends. Then I let it cool for 30 seconds to a minute. Then give it a good squeeze - and it will be obvious if you missed a spot.

I use a 300cc o2 absorber for a 1 gallon bag. Now for a gallon container, you'd need 800cc to absorb all the oxygen if the container was EMPTY. So I think 300cc would more than do the trick.

Maybe you'll have better luck, but I found 5lbs of flour was about right for a 1 gallon bag. If I put more than that in, I tended to have a harder time sealing it and usually spilled some. If you use a curling iron, you'll probably be able to fit more because it would be easier with that to get a good seal with a smaller amount of bag.
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Default First Mylar project

Stored 50 Lbs bread flour.
25 Lbs sugar
10 Lbs semolina flour

It went smooth, I ordered gusseted bags without even knowing it. I heat sealed the bags just above the gusset, question is can I rely on the gusset, to pull a vacuum. I imagine it needs to be heat sealed.
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