vacuum (thermos) flasks

Submitted: Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:27
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couldn't find a thread on this. We have bought and been given quite a few, but only the glass type work well, and they break. can anyone recommend a brand and model. Size wanted is 4/6 cups.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:58

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:58
I wrote some threads on this a few years back after testing many and found them wanting.

The Stanley metal ones had a label saying they keep water hot for 24 hrs - I dissproved this which led to some product recalls.

When the dust settled I received a big box from Stanley Overseas which had a sample of everyflask in it.

The larger 1.8lt metal one actually exceeded all the previous ones I had tested and maintained > 60c water temp over a 24hr period.

A fluke - special selection - or maybe the product sent to Australia was upgraded - don't know but I have just made a
coffee from whilst I'm dring (passenger) at the moment down the northern border vic track and its a greatr product.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:22

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:22
Still have and use my Stanley thermos I got for my 18th birthday 42 years ago.

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Reply By: Member - Jason B (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:51

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:51
I have a Thermos Brand Work Mate series, its red in colour and it has been excellent (5 or 6 years old now - they still make them). I can't vouch for it keeping water hot for 24hrs as I have never asked it to, but on a 10 - 12 hour road trip the water is still piping hot. Its stainless steel inside.


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Follow Up By: martin c1 - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 13:08

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 13:08
Thanks Jas I will look for this
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 13:54

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 13:54
Having had the same problems as you, we spent the extra $$ about 10 years ago and bought a "Thermos Nissan 1.8L Stainless Steel Flask".
Been fantastic, so about 5 years ago, bought a second one and these two flasks are our hot water system. It is much better quality than the average Thermos - cost us $120, but these days you can buy them on the net.
Just found an Ebay seller who sells for $59 plus $15 postage: LINK HERE.
They have a proper screw top - never buy a flask with the pop top. Also the 1.8L is the same size as our kettle and large billy.

Have a few travelling friend who bought the same flasks and they are also happy with them. looks like this:


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phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Longtooth (SA) - Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:22

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 17:22
I have one which looks like Phils (above) which is the Thermos brand about 17 years ago and it still works as well today as it did then. Keeps water hot for at least 24 hours but it rarely lasts that long as it is turned into coffee long before that.

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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 00:20

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 00:20
Martin
Get a Stanley Aladdin stainless steel inner, metal hammertone outer.
Tough as nails.
Had mine over 30 years, and perfect inside, no paint left on outside.
Definitely best there is
Not sure if you can get them still, but worth trying
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Follow Up By: Member - Ups and Downs - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 08:20

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 08:20
Queer eh, Bucky, as I have one of those and it wouldn't keep water hot for 5 minutes!

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 15:39

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 15:39
As with most thermos's, you need to put boiling water in it for a few minutes first.
Tip it out, then put in what you want to travel with

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Reply By: Charlie B2 - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 14:03

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 14:03
Hi all,

I've tried a reasonably large range of stainless steel versions and all I've tried have been as useless as an ashtray on a motorbike. I do admit that I haven't tried some of the premier-priced flasks that others have alluded to.

If it were me buying it, I'd go for an inexpensive one with a glass vacuum chamber, wrap it in 1" (sorry 25mm) or so foam - even open cell foam works as protection against the odd bump or impact - then wrap the whole with a sheet of plastic, slip the wrapped flask into some form of bag or backpack and forget about all the expensive options. If the details are all too much, just pack them carefully and they WILL last.

Sure, nothing will protect it if you drop your spare wheel on to it from a great height, but I'd argue that the all steel versions wouldn't look too flash after that either! But at least the flask will do what it's supposed to, virtually every time.

If you want to avoid unwrapping, just cut through to the basic flask with a sharp knife a couple of inches below the cap so you can slide the lid part on and off and away you go.

You don't have to agree with me, but that's our solution.

Regards,

Charlie

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