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    Default How do you carry cooking oil?

    Hi;
    I have been carrying a small amount of cooking oil on my multi-day treks. I used a 2 oz plastic bottle with a screw cap, and put that into a zip-lock baggie. I didn't use up all the oil I took, and when I got home I found that the oil had leaked from the bottle into the baggie, then through the securely zipped baggie and into my bear canister. I need a small (2oz or smaller) bottle with an O-ring to keep the oil inside, but have had no luck in finding one that small.

    I could use a similar bottle for the small amount of bug spray I carry (not in the bear canister with my food). I had the same thing happen there, but lucky for me the stuff didn't leak out into my new backpack, but instead leaked into a smaller and older day pack after I had finished my trek.
    In the future, I will probably just buy a smaller bottle of DEET, so that solves that problem, but I cannot buy a small enough bottle of cooking oil, and what is available is mostly sold in glass bottles of 7oz or more.

    Any ideas?

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    REI sells these thick, white/clear, plastic bottles with thick threaded caps. I use them for fuel and some dry powers too. They have various sizes. FWIW, I've not had a fuel leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpolk84 View Post
    REI sells these thick, white/clear, plastic bottles with thick threaded caps. I use them for fuel and some dry powers too. They have various sizes. FWIW, I've not had a fuel leak.
    Are these the bottles you're talking about?
    http://www.rei.com/search.html?q=nal...nalgene&page=1
    0.5oz and 2.0 oz. Only concern I would have is whether or not the cap on the drop spout is leakproof when the bottle gets turned upside down. I suppose that if you haven't had any fuel leak out, cooking oil wouldn't be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arden View Post
    Are these Nalgene bottles? I found some on Amazon, but I will check REI, since there is one within 5Km of me.
    I use small Nalgenes for oil. No problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    I use small Nalgenes for oil. No problems.
    Same here. I have 2 and 4 ounce sizes with a flip top. Both passed a 1 week inverted test. No leaks. About $2 at the container store. Made in USA. eBay and Amazon not involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arden View Post
    Are these the bottles you're talking about?
    http://www.rei.com/search.html?q=nal...nalgene&page=1
    0.5oz and 2.0 oz. Only concern I would have is whether or not the cap on the drop spout is leakproof when the bottle gets turned upside down. I suppose that if you haven't had any fuel leak out, cooking oil wouldn't be a problem.
    No. Not these. Get the flip spout top. No leaks. Test for yourself at home. Know for sure before you hike.

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    find a friend that works at Carrabbas or olive garden and get them "borrow" to go packs

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    This bottle and top.

    http://www.containerstore.com/s/nalg...6405&q=Nalgene

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristeninmb View Post
    find a friend that works at Carrabbas or olive garden and get them "borrow" to go packs
    Anytime "borrow" is in quotes, it means "steal".

    Just sayin'

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    I use the 8 ounce Motts apple juice plastic bottles. This is the same plastic as Gatorade bottles. I never had one of these leak. I've carried milk, juice, wine, oil, alcohol, even kerosene for fire starter. I've used both the 8 oz. and the 20 oz Gatorade bottles during hiking, canoeing, caving, and camping over the last 20 years or so. They are a little more bulky, but may be lighter than some smaller Nalgene. And if no longer needed, just dispose of them properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arden View Post
    Are these the bottles you're talking about?
    http://www.rei.com/search.html?q=nal...nalgene&page=1
    0.5oz and 2.0 oz. Only concern I would have is whether or not the cap on the drop spout is leakproof when the bottle gets turned upside down. I suppose that if you haven't had any fuel leak out, cooking oil wouldn't be a problem.
    Similar but no squirter.

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    The problem you are exeriencing is the change in air pressure, from hiking up and down hills and mountains, forcing the oil out of your bottle. The o ring should work, if you can find one that fits.

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    Another Nalgene fan for this..."Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Container 8 oz"

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

    The 8 oz is about right for me for oil. Using the 1oz version just to measure out fuel.
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    Another happy user of Nalgenes for cooking oil. I have an assortment ranging from 2 ounces to 16 ounces and I decide which one to take based on trip length. Due to the excellent calories/ounce properties of olive oil I try to use around 2 ounces per day on a typical hike, usually mixed into my dinner. Never had a leak using the Nalgenes and I get them at REI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristeninmb View Post
    find a friend that works at Carrabbas or olive garden and get them "borrow" to go packs
    That would be my best option, but unfortunately I do not have a friend who works there. I don't go out much either, so not much of a chance of picking them up myself...
    I'll take a run up to the Container store and pick up some of the Nalgene bottles.
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    The Container Store is great for stuff like this. You can buy the bottles and tops separate. I bought 2 & 4 ounce bottles and both tops (solid & flip) for each size. Look for them in the travel section. Thanks TSA!

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    I just pack a stick of margarine. No leaking to worry about. No O-rings. No special containers.

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    In a 1 inch square piece of lawn mower air filter sponge inside a tiny dental rubber band zip lock Baggie, nip the corner when ready to use and squeeze out like a bakers bag. One time use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illabelle View Post
    I just pack a stick of margarine. No leaking to worry about. No O-rings. No special containers.

    1+ (I like butter better than margarine), in a small empty peanut butter jar.
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    Switch to coconut oil; it's a solid at below 75 degrees. When you need some, put the bottle in your pocket for a few minutes.

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