View Full Version : What NOT to use for a container



LaughingTerry
03-19-2006, 11:54 AM
I made a cache container one day and have it rolling(literally) around in the back of my car just in case I find a great spot for a cache. I used camo tape on a pringles can just because I had the can. After reading this bookmark list (http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=7e604e17-833c-4e7e-9222-2e4bd0d76070) on the geocaching.com forums I realized that maybe placing it wouldn't be the best thing to do. Can you say "pipe bomb"? LOL It fits the profile of what most people who aren't in the "geocaching know" of what a pipe bomb looks like. So off to the trash with that one.

I would also like to say that the flimsy plastic glad containers are not really suitable either. They will not keep the water out and will break rather quickly.

Glass pickle jares can be broken and cut someone so those aren't a good idea.

I used to think the plastic gallon jars were great but almost every single one I find is damp inside. I have found 2 or 3 with half an inch or more of water in them.

Anyone else want to add their idea of the wrong cantainers and reasoning?

Gob-ler
03-19-2006, 03:00 PM
I think part of the problem is that the name tupperware is a term now applied to a whole group of plastic/rubber containers rather than the brand. Most of the Tupperware Brand of containers works OK, but I would be careful where they are placed. Any of the inexpensive plastics usually do not hold up at all. They really have no place in the caching world.

Now the new lock and lock containers show promise. We will have to wait and see how they hold up.

dí76
03-19-2006, 03:36 PM
Ammo cans are the only way to go. All others are inferior:D

robt
03-19-2006, 04:20 PM
I think part of the problem is that the name tupperware is a term now applied to a whole group of plastic/rubber containers rather than the brand. Most of the Tupperware Brand of containers works OK, but I would be careful where they are placed. Any of the inexpensive plastics usually do not hold up at all. They really have no place in the caching world.

Now the new lock and lock containers show promise. We will have to wait and see how they hold up.

I have had the lock and lock containers out in 2 caches now for a while, they will make it to a year this summer at both caches and they have been holding up wonderfully the last time I checked on them and I have heard no complaints on them from anyone. I will probally be doing my spring cleaning and check on them in the next month or so and then I will know more then.

robt
03-19-2006, 04:21 PM
:D
Ammo cans are the only way to go. All others are inferior:D

Dave, I agree that ammo cans are good but unfortunatly they do not fit in alot of hiding places.

:D :D :D

Hiram357
03-19-2006, 05:01 PM
Ammo cans are the only way to go. All others are inferior:D

AMEN MY BRUTHA!!! PREACH ON!!!!!

Hiram357
03-19-2006, 05:02 PM
:D

Dave, I agree that ammo cans are good but unfortunatly they do not fit in alot of hiding places.

:D :D :D

well that just means that it's probably a crappy spot to hide a cache anyways, and you should look for a better one. :p

firefighterjake
03-19-2006, 08:04 PM
This is just my opinion . . . but I like ammo cans. I have yet to find an ammo can that is broken or has let in water versus plastic containers . . . although I will admit that some have been in better condition than others. I've also seen drinking coolers (Thermos) used with good results and at least one cacher has used a mortar tube (it's water-proof, but a bit bulky and could possibly be confused with an IED -- the key to me is where such a thing is placed . . . placing it near a very public place is a very bad idea whereas placing something like this in middle of the woods would work much better . . . and of course marking the container as a cache container for the would-be bomb squad is always a good idea when possible.)

Containers that seem to be poor cache containers are cheaper plastic containers, plastic mayonaise/school cafeteria jars, plastic paint buckets and beer kegs . . . Hiram always seems to be FTF to those for some reason.

Kaching Karen
03-19-2006, 08:32 PM
I like the Lock n Lock container and they do keep things dry. This winter, though, one froze to the ground and as the cacher was trying to get it out, they broke the container. They were super nice and replaced it with a container of their own.
I have found two ammo cans that the pins were missing in the hinge. Everything still seemed to stay dry.

Haffy
03-19-2006, 08:43 PM
I think you will find that the ammo container is about the best that money can buy but they do freeze in place just like any other container. For micros I have used a waterproof match container that Walmart carries for like $.85 and they take paint very well. Lock n Locks have proven to work quite well for me as well. Some places are just too open for ammo cans so the Lock n Lock comes in a variety of sizes and with some camo tape work pretty good.

WhereRWe?
03-20-2006, 07:10 AM
I think you will find that the ammo container is about the best that money can buy but they do freeze in place just like any other container.

But a LOT of times you can still get the top open even though the ammo can is FIRMLY frozen in. LOL!

FuddsGirls
03-20-2006, 06:38 PM
We are working on our first cache and have been debating on the best container to use. I was thinking about the Lock and Lock but we use them at home all the time and at the hinge the plastic is much thinner and I have had a couple break from freezer use. This is Maine. We'll go with the Ammo box.