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Aluminum Foil

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Bear, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Saw this and thought it was pretty cool... never really thought of them... gotta try and see if they work...

    Aluminum Foil Tips - 5 Tips For Using Aluminum Foil Video

    Did a search and couldn't find an aluminum foil thread... pretty handy stuff... make sure you have some in your Bag... all kinds of uses out there too...

    Compact, light, holds water, reusable ( get the heavy duty stuff )... moldable for your use... sanitary...

    Any other thoughts out there?... would love to hear them... I have heavy duty aluminum in all my bags and in the cars....
    Pretty cheap when it goes on sale... I stock up and store it ... keeps well too.....

    That's about it.... sorry if this has already been shared.... I'm an old fart, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it....

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  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

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  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Nice tips.

    as an aside, the melbo household switched over to Gold Foil back when it was $450/oz. Has all the same benefits except that I know it will last forever since "you can't eat it'!
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Ah, but the questions IS Melbo..... do you use Gold Foil,;) to line your Hats?;)
  5. sarawolf

    sarawolf Monkey++

    Yes good tips thank you, funny I never thought of having some in our BOB's before.
  6. brotherscoobs

    brotherscoobs Monkey+

    pretty cool ideas..gonna start keeping more around
  7. Airborne Monkey

    Airborne Monkey Gorilla Survivalpithecus

    But I like my brown sugar turning to bricks!

    I do like the grilled cheese idea though. :)
  8. ElleShu

    ElleShu Monkey+

    Very handy video, thanks! There's a pair of favorite utility scissors that's about to get some sorely needed help!
  9. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    they left off some uses:
    1) sandwich 2 layers al-foil with saranwrap between
    connect a wire to both sheets of foil then roll it all up
    make sure the 2 layers of foil dont touch
    you now have a very large capacity capacitor for storing dc voltage
    2) cut a roll of foil into long narrow strips, overlap the ends and fold them together
    cover one side with tape or cellophane, add a wire to each end and wrap around
    a piece of iron, when you apply DC voltage you will have a serious electromagnet
    3) you can cast emergency small metal parts by melting foil down and pouring it in a mold, the foil melts easy
    4) it can be used as a mold for casting candles or soaps in a shape you like
  10. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    I cut a length of 1-1/2" cell core PVC to fit the cheapy rolls years ago. Cap one end and put a female adapter on the other end. Screw a plug in and viola! - a very strong storage location for your foil/wax/plastic wrap. I can't even keep the cardboard box in good shape just storing it on a shelf in the cupboard so I needed a stronger storage solution. A little bulky and a tad heavy but it works great for taking foil/wax/plastic wrap truck camping. If you like the larger rolls make a 2" tube.

  11. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Other uses for foil......

    1) Spread on the bottom of your charcoal grill, before adding bricquettes. Makes for easy cleanup after everything cools.

    2) Wrap your clear plastic dry food storage jugs, to prevent light getting to the food.

    3) Wrap your cell phone when travelling, to prevent Big Brother tracking you.......

    4) Cover the barrel of your rifle, then apply 'non-stick'... prevents glueing the barrel of your rifle to the stock when bedding it.

    5) A small piece can be used as a 'reflector' when lost in the wilderness - use the 'shiney side'.....
  12. Barbosa

    Barbosa Monkey+

    ummmm.....one could drop tons of foil strips from 20,000 ft to fool radar operators....
  13. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Not near as effective today, as this was back 60 years ago, due to Synthetic Aperture, and Mutli-Frequency, Radars, being used in todays World. .... YMMV....
  14. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Keep buying foil guys! Aluminum pays the bill$.
  15. Barbosa

    Barbosa Monkey+


    ummm...you see, today's operators...ahh...would never see it coming, ya know? Who'd think that today?...*grinnin*
  16. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    That is exactly right. "They would never see it coming". Simply because it would never show up on their displays, as todays Radar Displays are ALL digitally processed, and the Information Processors will filter out any of these that type of returns, from the display. Isn't technology FUN.... YMMV....
  17. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    I still get a hearty laugh when I watch "Iron Eagles III", with the old codgers flying the WWII figthers against the Central American jets. The Brit in the Spitfire 'deploys CHAFF!' - he tosses a ROLL of aluminum foil overboard....... BWAHAHAHA!!!!

    Only in Hollywood could that work......

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  18. Isildur's Heir

    Isildur's Heir Monkey+

    You can only use aluminum as a mold for "melt-and-pour" soap.
    If it's from "scratch" the lye will react with the aluminum and give you funky-looking soap.
  19. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    it still gets ya clean, who cares what it looks like?
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