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J Her
(sailfast3r) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
reminder of simple yet effective MUG on 08/05/2013 13:57:51 MDT Print View

From my recent weekend outing...

Safety pin -
holdup a bug net (attach thru the seam)
Hang a mesh bag from your ridge line.
attach a bandanna to your hat for sun protection.

Peanut butter jar (empty plastic Jiff container) - carried in first dinner meal in the jar, put in boiling water, screwed back on cap and let it re-hydrate/cook. used the jar all weekend for re-hydrating, cooking, dipping stream water to boil, hot drinks, and packed out trash afterwards. very useful, might be my new favorite cheap cup/mug. and the lid is watertight.

Binder clip - (small spring steel for holding papers together)
Cinched door closed on tarp during a rainy spell
Held sleep/sit pad in place on tyvek groundsheet

Prusik knot - always useful to know the right knot for the situation (tarp on ridge line)

Fleece stuff sack - when stuffed with clothing makes an awesome pillow. - I like this so much I might actually make a 1/2 fleece - 1/2 nylon stuff sack for this very reason and cut down on some weight.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: reminder of simple yet effective MUG on 08/05/2013 15:37:09 MDT Print View

Doesn't everything taste of peanut butter?

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Good. on 08/06/2013 00:50:12 MDT Print View

If you caught my "smell exorcism" post in the 'repurposed containers' thread, the same techniques work on PB jars.

I like the OP's tips. Make a Reflectix cozy for your PB jar yet? Regards fleece stuff sack - filled with what, exactly? Have you tried the "fill with half inflated ziplock bags" trick?

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
cooking in plastic jar? on 08/13/2013 01:32:43 MDT Print View

Wha? How does that work without melting the plastic 'pot'?

The half filled with air ziplock bags would work out heavier than my blow up travel pillow that allows me to blow it up as hard or soft I want it. It cost me $2 at the cheap shop weighs 49grams (1.75ounces) and for the veratility and comfort it's a winner over the ziplock bags

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
reminder of simple yet effective MUG on 08/13/2013 07:45:56 MDT Print View

I always carry a few safety pins for many repairs, attachments and even bent one into a fish hook once to catch dinner.
Once held up the seat of my pants with several when a seam ripped open in a fall.

I've been using the same peanut butter jar for years. Use it as my dinner bowl, re-hydrating food, storing leftovers to be eaten later, drink mug, ...
It's light and the lid comes in handy.

I once tied a piece of line around mine and lowered it over a ledge to fetch water from the stream below.

I never had much of an issue with lingering tastes when washed thoroughly.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
pillow on 08/14/2013 01:18:05 MDT Print View

I really like stuff sack pillows. I am having a one made from Zpacks, its sized to fit my quilt. Its nice because I can put extra clothing, food packs, rain rear etc in the stuff sack and it make it comfy. Its also multiuse because it holds my quilt when not in use. By the way I have tried air pillows in the past, just have not liked them.

Tyler Sanford
(san39153) - F
Peanut Butter Jars... on 03/19/2015 23:27:19 MDT Print View

There is a reason all nalgene containers have a "BPA free" label.

BPA has been shown to cause reproductive problems in mice and is common in many of common plastic containers (including PB jars). The FDA has changed their position on this in recent years, they won't say how bad it really is because we really don't know, but they no longer say its entirely safe. At cool temps it's less of an issue, but soaking BPA hardened containers in hot water is the best way to leech it into your food and straight to your testicles, just sayin.

http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/15700544

Dean L
(AldoLeopold) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Re: Peanut Butter Jars... on 03/20/2015 05:59:00 MDT Print View

Another chemical in plastics is DEHP, a phthalate. It is added to some products as a softening agent. It can enter the body just by skin contact. Like BPA it is an endocrine disruptor.

On related note, plastic dishes rated as microwave safe mean that they won't deform or melt, not that they won't leach chemicals during the heating process. I avoid plastics as much as possible.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Peanut Butter Jars... on 03/20/2015 06:10:50 MDT Print View

"BPA has been shown to cause reproductive problems in mice"

Which is why I refuse to have sex with mice, regardless of how often they hit on me...

Jason McSpadden
(JBMcSr1) - M

Locale: Rocky Mountains
MUG on 03/20/2015 07:10:43 MDT Print View

Doug, +1! Or maybe you should just stop wearing cheese cologne!

Michael Gunderloy
(ffmike) - MLife
Re: BPA on 03/20/2015 07:44:43 MDT Print View

Of course, 'BPA-free' isn't necessarily 'safe' because the alternatives don't have to be tested.

https://student.societyforscience.org/article/replacement-%E2%80%98plastic%E2%80%99-may-be-risky-bpa

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Peanut Butter Jars... on 03/20/2015 07:50:28 MDT Print View

Which is why I refuse to have sex with mice, regardless of how often they hit on me...

Doug, Doug, Doug ... now you've got a certain childhood song stuck in my brain ... Three Blind Mice .... it's gonna be a long day:-)

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Peanut Butter Jars... on 03/20/2015 07:52:19 MDT Print View

"Which is why I refuse to have sex with mice, regardless of how often they hit on me..."

Wash your feet.

Earl Gilbert
(egilbe) - F
Mice on 03/20/2015 08:07:10 MDT Print View

I was thinking that damaging the reproductive systems of mice isn't a bad thing

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Peanut Butter Jars... on 03/20/2015 08:34:05 MDT Print View

"Wash your feet."

Mice like me because I have a big deck...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ7Ue5emo6I [yes, i'm still 12]

Warren G
(WarrenG) - F

Locale: Santa Clara Valley
Mice and decks on 03/20/2015 09:48:02 MDT Print View

Nothing worse than mice chewing holes in your deck...

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
reminder of simple yet effective MUG on 03/20/2015 10:23:24 MDT Print View

What, is BPL becoming like Reddit:-)

Alexander S
(Cascadicus) - M
Re: reminder of simple yet effective MUG on 03/24/2015 10:49:18 MDT Print View

I use safety pins for hanging freshly washed socks or underwear to the pack to air dry.

Might be worth making a pot cozy for the jar.