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Lori P
(lori999) - F

Locale: Central Valley
a bear canister on 07/14/2009 07:30:14 MDT Print View

It can be:

a seat
protect your food
washing machine
ice chest for the last day out when you caught trout and have snow handy

anything I missed?

Timothy Sexton
(Tijos1) - F
bear canister use on 07/14/2009 09:12:19 MDT Print View

a bear canister can also be used to wrap gorrila tape, duct tape, or even leuko tape around.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: a bear canister on 07/14/2009 12:38:33 MDT Print View

[i]washing machine[/i]

Nice! and yea, it makes a great footstool, coupled with a sleeping pad chair kit, its like being in a lazy boy... ( well close enough ;)

John Sixbey
(Wolfeye) - F
shiny on 07/15/2009 17:16:08 MDT Print View

My can's lid would be reflective enough to use as a signaling device if I polished it a bit.

I want to use my can as a drum, but the occasion's never come up.

John Brochu
(JohnnyBgood4) - F

Locale: New Hampshire
re: "a bear canister" on 07/16/2009 13:13:21 MDT Print View

The ones I've used would probably make a nice packraft anchor...

Lori P
(lori999) - F

Locale: Central Valley
Re: re: "a bear canister" on 07/16/2009 14:33:46 MDT Print View

Though hopefully without the food in... don't think any are waterproof.

Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
I bet... on 07/30/2009 12:05:49 MDT Print View

You could make ice cream in it... Would take a 2nd smaller container and ice (snow?) but I bet it could be done!

Matthew Huber
(m_huber) - F
Ice cream?! on 08/01/2009 08:22:56 MDT Print View

Possibly by using the pot from your cook kit, if it was the right size and had a lid?

Homer's Spine-O-Cylindar on 11/12/2009 23:20:04 MST Print View

Fix your back up somethang guud!homer

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Bear canister on 11/15/2009 08:01:16 MST Print View

You can use it to mail something home. Just slap a label on it. No need to put it in a box.

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Bear canister on 11/15/2009 08:53:38 MST Print View

Float for scuba diving/river crossings

Rainwater collector when used with rope off the side of the tarp trick

Soaking injured foot/hand in hot saltwater

If you paint it black or it is black, could make a nice solar shower.

Bill Adams
(Twilliger) - F
kite screen ? on 11/29/2009 07:29:49 MST Print View

I was just getting ready to make a kite/sil screen for upright stoves - looked at the measurements and began to wonder if my can would work. I use a big one (bv500 i think) - inside diameter is 8" and height is 12". I started envisioning slipping is over stove with sp600 mug on top, propping it up on rocks.

Any thoughts re: the potential for melting the polycarbonate or other drawbacks?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: kite screen ? on 11/29/2009 08:54:40 MST Print View

Heating/Cooking a BearVault is specifically Not recommended by Wild Ideas. Something about the epoxy bond holding on the ends....

Lori P
(lori999) - F

Locale: Central Valley
Re: Re: kite screen ? on 11/29/2009 09:24:19 MST Print View

Bear Vault isn't a Wild Ideas product... that's the Bearikade.

In any case, I wouldn't try it with any bear canister. Warping or melting sides or top edge or bottom would make it unusable. Making a burner screen out of aluminum or making a kite screen is safer.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
fire and plastic on 12/01/2009 20:18:21 MST Print View

Do not risk compromising your bear canister by putting it near fire.
Bearikades are also unstable seats. I also would use a stuff sack for a washing machine before the canister. Food and soap are not a good combo.

Johann kuester
(whirlpool) - F
"a bear canister" on 01/12/2010 18:05:09 MST Print View

They make nice land-fill decorations.