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So I have been slowly getting things in order and making preparations for disaster situations. I have my own natural gas well, whole home generator, water well and a cistern. Now I am wanting to step up on bulk food storage. I have a dry basement and have access to dozens of metal filing cabinets. I know that some bulk items like medicine and such could be stored in them but what about food?
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So I have been slowly getting things in order and making preparations for disaster situations. I have my own natural gas well, whole home generator, water well and a cistern. Now I am wanting to step up on bulk food storage. I have a dry basement and have access to dozens of metal filing cabinets. I know that some bulk items like medicine and such could be stored in them but what about food?
Mylar bagged food just needs something to hold them and keep the rodents away.

I suppose a filing cabinet would hold mylar bags just fine. I keep most of my mylar bags in plastic totes without any problem.
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Mylar bagged food just needs something to hold them and keep the rodents away.

I suppose a filing cabinet would hold mylar bags just fine. I keep most of my mylar bags in plastic totes without any problem.
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I have metal filing cabinets in my garage for storage of tools, oil, paint and the like. Mice absolutely LOVE them. Every six months or so I go through them to clean out the nests. I would not plan to store foodstuffs in them unless in metal cans.
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I have metal filing cabinets in my garage for storage of tools, oil, paint and the like. Mice absolutely LOVE them. Every six months or so I go through them to clean out the nests. I would not plan to store foodstuffs in them unless in metal cans.
I guess that has to do with if the bottoms are open and how close the drawers seal and if you can wedge open the drawer a bit just by pulling even if it is locked.

No way they chew into them so it has to be a gap they can squeeze through.

Perhaps it is just old or cheap file cabinets that are a problem. I've got a couple new 4 drawer types that don't budge a bit when locked and you pull at the drawer. The bottom is solid and there is no gaps around the drawers either. No way a mouse gets into those two cabinets. But I remember a couple cabinets out at my work that are pretty sloppy. They would love to just slide open on their own and the lock was gone. No way they would be good to secure anything.
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I am a big fan of well built lateral metal filing cabinets. If they set TIGHT on a hard level floor & have TIGHT fitting drawer closures. They are rodent proof, usually have locks, hold considerable weight, add insulation & bullet deflection properties, when placed against an exterior wall.

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I am a big fan of well built lateral metal filing cabinets. If they set TIGHT on a hard level floor & have TIGHT fitting drawer closures. They are rodent proof, usually have locks, hold considerable weight, add insulation & bullet deflection properties, when placed against an exterior wall.

Often found cheap at thrift stores & office business salvage/surplus supply places.

I have one that is like that. All others are standard. I honestly don't think a mouse could get in any of the ones I have. And yes I am well aware of mice's ability to get in to the tiniest places.
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Should be obvious, but I know someone that learned the hard way... filing cabinets without solid backs are worthless to keep mice and rats out. The ones with the thin flimsy panels on the back are also worthless to keep rodents out, and no filing cabinet keeps bugs out.

However, filing cabinets will keep cats and dogs out, so long as they have some kind of catch that has to be released to open the drawer(s). Locking ones will keep curious eyes and fingers out, but not criminals or looters.
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