Favorite REPUROPSED Containers...
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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Redirect on 08/01/2013 23:05:50 MDT Print View

Back to containers, gentlemen, if you please...

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/02/2013 00:45:34 MDT Print View

Evian 1 liter bottles at 30 grams. I get through a season or more with a single Evian bottle, I just found that CVS store brand 1 liter water bottles weigh in at 27 grams and I'll find out if they are as durable.

Jesse Anderson
(jeepin05) - F

Locale: Land of Enchantment
Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/02/2013 07:05:15 MDT Print View

I'll see your gatorade powdered drink container and raise you a Talenti Gelato container. It holds a pint, is clear (I like seeing inside), is leak proof, and has straight easy to clean sides. I wish I could tell you the weight of the container, but I don't have an accurate scale at the moment.
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Bonus points for the original contents being fantastic. I love the Argentine Caramel flavor.

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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/02/2013 10:14:10 MDT Print View

"I'll see your gatorade powdered drink container and raise you a Talenti Gelato container."

I fold! That looks as nice as a purpose-built Nalgene. The size is getting up into the peanut-butter jar or mayonnaise jar range, so it'll take some competition from that neighborhood. Regards the contents, no contest.

At the urging of BPL'ers, I finally got off my duff and found the 1-cup Ziplocks, and hoo-haw, they nest around a SuperCat, I can fit up to two of them (if necessary) into my Grease Pot with room to spare for the windscreen, and still insert the top strainer and close the lid. The Ziplocks weigh a skinny 0.4 oz each, with lid, for 8 oz capacity. Happy.

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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Spreadsheet on 08/02/2013 10:49:38 MDT Print View

I've made a spreadsheet. Have added weights and capacities if they were mentioned. The "efficiency score" is simply capacity in oz divided by weight in oz. Please feel free to submit. Units of oz easiest for me to add to the spreadsheet.

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Wait, I'm going to add this to the original post so it's easy to see when opening the thread.

Edited by Bolster on 08/02/2013 10:53:12 MDT.

Simon Wurster
(Einstein) - F

Locale: Big Apple
Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/02/2013 11:36:28 MDT Print View

For heating water, I almost use exclusively 16 oz. (holds about ~17 oz.) aluminum beer bottles, 0.927 oz., with a Zelph BudLyte stove. Dual purpose heating vessel and water bottle! (Triple purpose if you carry an unopened one to camp...). I recently found an Arizona brand coconut water bottle of the same ilk; the advantage is the shrink-wrap label peels off completely, eliminating the odd stares (and stares of longing) when someone sees me walking around with a beer bottle in my pack.

For water scoops and such, I like cutting down (square, cardboard) quart milk containers (at a slight angle to create a spout). They weigh about 0.8 oz., and most importantly, fold flat like a paper grocery store bag. At the end the trip, I just recycle them.

For water bottles, I prefer the old-style Snapples over the new style and Gatorade bottles as they have a smooth interior without any ridges to trap yucky stuff. I did replace the caps with orange Gatorade caps, however.

I redid my carbon filter using a 20 oz. soda bottle that has perfectly straight sides; I cut the bottom off, inverted it, and pushed it down inside to hold the carbon in place (of course, I punched small holes in it first...).

Normally, I use a long-handled spoon for eating, but I really like the "green spoons" from my local frozen yogurt place. Not a long handle, but they pack and work well. I'll have to guess the weight at 0.3 oz or so.

Old contact lens cases are great for holding stuff from tubes: neosporin, medication, maybe sunblock, etc. The free ones from solution packages are thinner and lighter; just make sure you use the ones with screw caps.

Edited by Einstein on 08/02/2013 11:40:18 MDT.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
re: Talenti Gelato on 08/02/2013 12:39:43 MDT Print View

My (not super accurate) kitchen scale puts it right at 50g. OMG the Toasted Almond flavor!

My Dad had Lasik surgery, and has been going through a ton of eye dropper bottles, which he's been saving for me. I carry one for bug juice and one for hand sanitizer - happy to take suggestions for use of the others.

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Re: spray bottles? on 08/02/2013 18:51:51 MDT Print View

Awesome thread!

I've been looking for a plastic spray bottle that holds less than 1.25 fl oz (or less than 37 mL if you will). Anyone have any suggestions?

Edited by timdcy on 08/02/2013 18:52:40 MDT.

Jesse Anderson
(jeepin05) - F

Locale: Land of Enchantment
Re: Re: spray bottles? on 08/02/2013 20:08:42 MDT Print View

That's funny I was just reading a thread about that and can't find it now. I do remember the two best suggestions were eBay and apparently there are small spray bottles of hand sanitizer. Though on the thread at least one person mentioned that the eBay units didn't hold up well to a DEET bug spray. So if that's your intended purpose you may want to be aware of that.

You may also find some small spray bottles used for eyeglass cleaner.

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: Gore Range
Re: Re: Re: spray bottles? on 08/03/2013 06:24:31 MDT Print View

A new bottle for Bens 100% DEET is exactly what I'm talking about. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll keep browsing the store shelves...

Jesse Anderson
(jeepin05) - F

Locale: Land of Enchantment
Re: re: Talenti Gelato on 08/03/2013 06:44:19 MDT Print View

Thanks Sharon, I knew it wasn't the lightest container in the world, but still felt it was a pretty good find with how solid it felt and all of the good other attributes. I'll have to keep the toasted almond flavor in mind. And then I'll need to hit the trail to burn off the ridiculous amount of calories in that stiff! :)

depending on how big your dropper bottles are, you could repackage a soap if you use one (like the famous Dr Bronners). For quick over-nighters, even the smallest size of most soaps is pretty overkill in most cases.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Talenti Gelato on 08/03/2013 08:38:53 MDT Print View

I feel stiffed knowing all the gelato flavors I can't get around here. I might have to console myself with a Sea Salt Caramel tonight.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: re: Talenti Gelato on 08/03/2013 09:40:00 MDT Print View

> My (not super accurate) kitchen scale puts it right at 50g. OMG the Toasted Almond flavor!

So, if I'm following the conversation correctly, Talenti Gelato is 16 oz capacity for 1.8 oz weight. Efficiency score of 9.

If you folks would be so kind as to give me capacity and weight in ounces, I'll periodically re-do the list in the first post, and we'll eventually have a nice little reference for a number of BPL "favorite" containers.

Edited by Bolster on 08/03/2013 09:42:26 MDT.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 10:10:09 MDT Print View

I guess I could weigh a rubber, but how would I measure the capacity? I mean, they're only designed to hold a teaspoon or so, but I've gotten one up to two or three liters....

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 10:31:17 MDT Print View

Right. I suppose reliability is the important variable here--seems the condom, while amazingly efficient, would not be high on the reliability list for keeping large volumes of liquid in (given that they're only about 88-96% reliable at keeping very small amounts of liquid in). And then you'd have to add (or argue not to add) the weight of the layers of fabric needed around the condom for pack carry. And then there's the issue of reliably opening and closing the receptacle repeatedly--it doesn't have a lid. Seems to me the condom is a brilliant expedient solution that is fundamentally different from workaday repurposed containers.

Edited by Bolster on 08/03/2013 10:38:52 MDT.

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
Re: Re: Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 13:59:35 MDT Print View

Thank you all for enabling my hoarding tendencies. Here's a sampling of items that "definitely could be useful someday" that I was able to assemble without climbing any stepstools or opening large containers.

plastic containers

Oh, and the spreadsheet is great!

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 14:22:36 MDT Print View

That's frightening. I do the same thing and have accumulated a number of cough syrup bottles and measuring cups just in case I decide to try alcohol stoves.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 14:50:17 MDT Print View

That is awesome Sharon. I am afraid to pull out my hoarded containers for show..lol. I bet there are others that do this for sure.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 15:09:17 MDT Print View

Assuming that drawers do not count as " large containers" I think I have you beat c for quantity of bottles, Sharon. Luckily I'm not home right now so can't embarrass myself by posting a picture!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Favorite REPUROPSED Containers... on 08/03/2013 15:19:39 MDT Print View

I have a bin marked containers. There is an overflow. Still not always the perfect size on hand.