Originally Posted by canebrake
Can you provide some info/photos of the vacuum seal unit?
Tell us your opinion/review on it and anything you would look for when shopping for a unit.
I have a Foodsaver Vac 1050 that I picked up at Costco at least 10 years ago. I use it all the time. Burned out one of them after about 2 years, and Costco exchanged it with no questions asked.
My Aunt has a Foodsaver that is at least 25 years old. She uses it every night and it lives on the kitchen counter. It has been essentially bullet proof.
The bags come on a roll, so you cut them to the length needed. 8" and 12" widths fit just about anything.
I have long guns that have remained sealed since I got the Foodsaver.
When sealing objects with sharp edges (sights, etc) I always pad the edges with several layers of paper towel or old rags before sealing. And for good measure, double bag and double seal.
If I was buying another Foodsaver, they have a couple of heavy duty models. I'd get one of those. They can handle jobs faster. The one I use says it needs to cool down a few minutes between uses, and it does. When I rush it, the unit will over suck, and then it needs to cool down.
We did a 8 day backpacking trip in the Sierras a few years ago, and the Mountain House food took up too much pack space. So I broke it all down and vacuum sealed it. It was about 1/4 the size after vacuuming, and 8 days of food fit inside my Bear Can.
It works great for extra clothes and such, too.
Not sure what they currently cost, but $169 is the amount that sticks in my head as the orig cost. Maybe we could get Foodsaver to be an FTF Vendor?
EDIT - I just checked the Foodsaver website and they have some units that are under $100. For that price every FTFer should have one.