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9 Reasons a Coffee Can Should be in Your Survival Kit
Daily Survival ^ | 11/25/12 | Bax

Posted on 11/25/2012 8:29:12 PM PST by Kartographer

The Many Uses of a Coffee Can

That’s how a 1-pound coffee can can earn its way into your 72-hour pack. Consider the following uses for this light-weight and versatile survival instrument.

(Excerpt) Read more at daily-survival.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: coffeecan; preparedness; preppers; survival
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Reading will give you more respect for the lowly coffee can.
1 posted on 11/25/2012 8:29:21 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 11/25/2012 8:30:37 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

and even better when it is filled with caffeine bearing beans.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 8:36:44 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Kartographer

BTTT


4 posted on 11/25/2012 8:37:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kartographer

Things can be buried in a coffee can for later use.......


5 posted on 11/25/2012 8:38:09 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Kartographer
I buy coffee in large burlap bags. I'll have to raid the neighbor's trash. ;)

/johnny

6 posted on 11/25/2012 8:38:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

Not many brands still metal. So many are now plastic.


7 posted on 11/25/2012 8:39:59 PM PST by Exit148
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To: Kartographer

Good points; I will remember to buy my next few cans of coffee in metal cans and not the plastic ones. They are handy for storing, but could not do all the things they point out here.


8 posted on 11/25/2012 8:44:13 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: JRandomFreeper; Kartographer
Hmm, I'm buying Kroger plain ground coffee in cans that have cardboard sides. I'm buying their lowest cost coffee so I can store more coffee. A big can is something over $5.

Maybe more expensive coffee is still in metal cans?

I hate throwing away the cardboard ones - I keep thinking I could put something in them.

9 posted on 11/25/2012 8:57:56 PM PST by Marcella (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: Exit148
Not many brands still metal. So many are now plastic.

Yep, and the smaller size plastic can with snap lid holds a roll of toilet paper behind the seat of the pickup.

10 posted on 11/25/2012 8:57:56 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: Marcella; JRandomFreeper; Kartographer
Maybe more expensive coffee is still in metal cans?

Safeway's house brand of 100% Colombian is still sold in a metal can, last time I checked.

11 posted on 11/25/2012 9:01:00 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Kartographer

A metal coffee can with a survival candle inside makes a nice source of warmth. You can even place a small piece of (metal) screen over it and warm up something to eat. The can both protects the flame and concentrates the warmth.


12 posted on 11/25/2012 9:01:06 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: JRandomFreeper
J.Random....Why do I like you!......

I know you're a crumudgemon....But Id want ya on my side if shits comes to giggles....Cooks are only worth their weight in Gold if they know what they're doing...

13 posted on 11/25/2012 9:04:58 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: Marcella

The ones with cardboard sides would be good planters for gowing or starting vegetables; they won’t get as hot as the metal ones. just punch a drain hole in the bottom.


14 posted on 11/25/2012 9:05:39 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Kartographer

Bump!


15 posted on 11/25/2012 9:15:57 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Cigarettes are like squirrels: Perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and set it on fire)
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To: thecodont

I think there isn’t a Safeway store in this part of Texas - maybe no where in Texas?


16 posted on 11/25/2012 9:21:42 PM PST by Marcella (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: piasa

“The ones with cardboard sides would be good planters for gowing or starting vegetables”

Thanks, that’s a good idea.


17 posted on 11/25/2012 9:24:42 PM PST by Marcella (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: Kartographer

I keep several of them in my trunk of my car.

One has a roll of toilet paper in it for emergency use.

One has a wine glass and corkscrew wrapped in a towel ... for emergency use.

One has a beer glass wrapped in a towel.... for emergency use.

They have come in handy many times!


18 posted on 11/25/2012 9:27:45 PM PST by tired&retired
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To: Kartographer

A coffee can is a standard engineering unit of volume


19 posted on 11/25/2012 9:39:35 PM PST by BlueStateMadness (Two commonly violated premises: you can save people from themselves, and the free lunch myth)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
A metal coffee can with a survival candle inside makes a nice source of warmth. You can even place a small piece of (metal) screen over it and warm up something to eat. The can both protects the flame and concentrates the warmth.

In his book 'Going to Extremes', Joe McGinniss describes being left in an unheated shack and having to get through the Alaskan night unprepared.

He found a candle, and sat in a chair with the candle in a can, beneath the chair, then he wrapped himself and the chair in a blanket or something.

A candle in a can between your crossed legs, as you lean against a tree with your poncho over everything, to capture the heat, can get you through a night, of course a candle lantern with a 9 hour candle is smaller and easier to carry.

20 posted on 11/25/2012 9:43:06 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischers successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Kartographer

Pour your hot bacon grease or lard in them.

Use as scoops for graining/feeding small animals

Store nuts and bolts, nails. screws, spent brass etc. Write on the lid with permanent markers or on tape on the lids because too many storage containers like white buckets or coffee cans or plastic totes look alike after awhile.

I used some once when a poured a shop floor to create a circular void around some 1” grade 8 bolts I welded in and footed so I could chain down vehicles and straighten bent frames or compress springs, etc. with various attachments. I cut plates to put over the holes so you could still roll stuff around when not needed (which is most of the time).


21 posted on 11/25/2012 9:48:49 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: One Name

We have never thrown away a coffee can. I store all sorts of stuff in them. Plastic OR metal. (and we drink a lot of coffee!)


22 posted on 11/25/2012 9:54:46 PM PST by bonfire
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To: ansel12; Harmless Teddy Bear

Now I’m not sure it was his book where I learned about the candle, and chair idea.

Not that it matters much, the concept is something to remember.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 9:56:16 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischers successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Kartographer

24 posted on 11/25/2012 10:00:01 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Kartographer
I remember Selco talking about how important containers were during the war. I think the Folgers/Maxwell House plastic coffee cans could hold all kinds of things like water but with their handles, they make great scoops. I also thought they would be good at the bedside of a sick person for nausea and they have a lid.
25 posted on 11/25/2012 10:11:02 PM PST by goosie
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

You can also squeeze a roll of toilet paper minus the core in the can and drench it with alcohol and make a burner for warmth. They are demonstrated on youtube. If you use one in the car, keep a window cracked for oxygen.


26 posted on 11/25/2012 10:15:27 PM PST by goosie
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To: eartrumpet

That’s a good idea. A couple of trash bags should fit down in the bottom of the can. Trash bags can be a handy item to have with you also.


27 posted on 11/25/2012 10:26:04 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Kartographer

Coffee has always been in my bug out pack and long term list of items to store. However I hadn’t thought about all the uses for the Can. Thanks.!

CD


28 posted on 11/25/2012 10:30:04 PM PST by Coffee_drinker (The best defense is a strong preemptive strike.)
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To: Marcella

Not sure what part of Texas you are in but Safeway owns all the Randall’s all over the Houston and suburban areas now although they still carry the Randall’s name. Most things I used to buy from Randall’s have now unfortunately been replaced by Safeway brands so might try there if you’re close. Think one time I also saw a Safeway on the northwest part of the loop in San Antonio.


29 posted on 11/25/2012 11:14:16 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Kartographer

How about empty paint cans that you can purchase at home centers.They are clean and better than coffee cans.


30 posted on 11/25/2012 11:21:47 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Kartographer

The article fails to mention using the can to make a hobo stove. A hobo stove is a very efficient and fast heat source to cook over and the only fuel needed are any small combustible scraps you can pick up.


31 posted on 11/25/2012 11:31:45 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: Grams A; Marcella

A few miles north, Safeway owns Tom Thumb supermarkets.


32 posted on 11/25/2012 11:32:06 PM PST by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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To: BlueStateMadness

Agreed, but which size - 1/2, 303, 2-1/2 or 10? If I remember my stoichiometry class, the 2-1/2 can = 1.


33 posted on 11/25/2012 11:45:11 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: puppypusher

Excellent suggestion! As many have pointed out metal coffee cans are getting hard to find!

And your suggestion brings up another useful diy project:

Rubbing Alcohol Heater

http://modernsurvivalonline.com/rubbing-alcohol-heater/


34 posted on 11/26/2012 2:29:26 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Also don’t forget, but most of your long term dehydrated and freeze dried foods come in #10 cans, which are pretty much the same thing.


35 posted on 11/26/2012 2:39:01 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

I use the plastic coffee cans to store rock salt and sand. The handle on the cans make it so much easier to spread the salt in the winter.

Although coffee cans are useful for storing certain items, I prefer paint cans because their lids are mouse proof. They also have a neat handle for hanging. A small coffee can could be stored in a gallon paint pail.

When stuff in a can would be enticing to a mouse, I store the can upside down. I found that mice are less apt to chew through the cover when it’s on the bottom.

When I have extra coffee can lids, I place them on the bottom of the can to prevent damage to a surface in case of rust.


36 posted on 11/26/2012 3:41:14 AM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Marcella; JRandomFreeper; Kartographer

Our CountryMart/Alps store brands Always Save and Best Choice are still in metal cans. I noticed that name brands such as Folgers and Maxwell House are in plastic.

With the cardboard cans, I have poked holes in bottom, and made planters to use indoors for herbs. If you use aluminum foil or Florist Paper to dress them up they look pretty too.

My MIL used to use the 1 lb cans for baking bread. The recipe was a no-knead yeast bread. She put the dough in the cans and let it rise. Then put it in the oven(you have to take the top rack out of the oven or move it to the bottom)to make coffee can bread.

When we were kids we used them to make short stilts. Punched some holes in the sides, and put shoe laces through and tied them on our feet/long rope to hold with our hands.

Granny kept the toilet paper in the coffee can in the out house. Kept it clean and kept the critters out.


37 posted on 11/26/2012 4:16:36 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

Wal-Mart’s Great Value coffee still comes in metal cans, as does Food Lion’s My Essentials brand.


38 posted on 11/26/2012 4:23:27 AM PST by fredhead (It's my Herbie year...check out the number on the side of the famous VW.)
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To: Kartographer

A large coffee can and a fat candle make a nice little heater.


39 posted on 11/26/2012 4:32:49 AM PST by abclily
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To: ansel12
A candle in a can between your crossed legs, as you lean against a tree with your poncho over everything, to capture the heat, can get you through a night, of course a candle lantern with a 9 hour candle is smaller and easier to carry.

I make a point of keeping a few glass-encased votive candles in the house. You occasionally see them cheap in dollar stores. They burn for up to 6 days.

40 posted on 11/26/2012 4:48:25 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Kartographer

Love it, thanks for posting.


41 posted on 11/26/2012 4:52:07 AM PST by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Carthego delenda est
The article fails to mention using the can to make a hobo stove. A hobo stove is a very efficient and fast heat source to cook over and the only fuel needed are any small combustible scraps you can pick up.

youtube: how to turn a #10 can into a stove

42 posted on 11/26/2012 4:53:43 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Kartographer

I’m new to preppers. I’m wondering if anyone has had experience with mypatriotsupply.com? They carry heirloom seed supplies garden and an herbal remedy seed supply.

Please add me to your preppers list, thanks.


43 posted on 11/26/2012 4:56:59 AM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: greeneyes

so how do you get the bread out of the can?? Or does it come out naturally loose?


44 posted on 11/26/2012 4:59:02 AM PST by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: PapaBear3625; Kartographer

2 #10 cans brazed together can make a pretty efficient charcoal chimney as well. Drill some small holes about halfway up the bottom can and rum some coat hanger wire through the holes to hold the charcoal.

Also I just checked and the plastic coffee can lids will fit a #10 can. Just need a little tape to keep the lid secured

regards

alfa6 ;>}


45 posted on 11/26/2012 5:07:36 AM PST by alfa6
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To: JRandomFreeper
I buy coffee in large burlap bags

We've looked into doing that, but every place we find is more expensive (or equally expensive) in bulk than buying at the local stores.
46 posted on 11/26/2012 5:23:58 AM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Kartographer

It’s better to have two 1/2 pound cans than one 1 pound can - then you can build an emergency telephone. Just add string as needed.


47 posted on 11/26/2012 6:09:46 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: tired&retired

Reminds me of the old W.C. Fields quote, “We lost our corkscrew in the wilds of Afghanistan and were forced to live on food and water for many days”


48 posted on 11/26/2012 6:12:53 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: MomwithHope

She always just turned it upside down and they fell out - nice round loaves. I think she oiled the inside of the can, and oiled the bread loaf too before stuffing it into the can.


49 posted on 11/26/2012 6:19:25 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Marcella

Hills Brothers coffee is still sold in a metal can - bought one last week.


50 posted on 11/26/2012 6:37:06 AM PST by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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