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Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« on: January 28, 2015, 00:42:09 »
As a new member of the CF, I recently received my kit. In my kit was a lot of wonderful, clean, new items. Also in my kit was one very unclean, fuzzy, black and white mouldy thermos canteen. My question...is there a way to clean this canteen that I'm unaware of (I've tried hot water, vinegar, etc, however I cannot get inside to the bottom. Or is there somewhere that I could purchase a new one? I've looked about but can only find the plastic ones. I'm in need of the metal one. I'm in Vancouver, BC. If one is in town, great, or even if I can order one online, that's great too!

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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015, 04:48:32 »
If it's an issued item that is unfit for use, return it to Supply and they'll give you another one.
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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 09:16:35 »
As a new member of the CF, I recently received my kit. In my kit was a lot of wonderful, clean, new items. Also in my kit was one very unclean, fuzzy, black and white mouldy thermos canteen. My question...is there a way to clean this canteen that I'm unaware of (I've tried hot water, vinegar, etc, however I cannot get inside to the bottom. Or is there somewhere that I could purchase a new one? I've looked about but can only find the plastic ones. I'm in need of the metal one. I'm in Vancouver, BC. If one is in town, great, or even if I can order one online, that's great too!

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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 09:22:23 »
Some more cleaning discussion here.

Cleaning 1qt Canteen 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,33081.0/nowap.html
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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 09:36:22 »
Don't know first hand, but slow morning here today after two hectic days (life of a retiree LOL)
Anyhow, another suggestion (Google was my friend) is to use denture cleaner
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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 09:53:17 »
I'd go with this reply....get it exchanged.

If it's an issued item that is unfit for use, return it to Supply and they'll give you another one.
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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2015, 10:10:12 »
I concur with PMedMoe, and I would also suggest that once in a while you clean your canteen/camel bak/2 qt canteen/thermos with a solution of Water and Bleach (15:1)
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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2015, 04:52:35 »
If it's an issued item that is unfit for use, return it to Supply and they'll give you another one.

I'll add to this.  The Supply System is obligated to provide you with usable kit.  It doesn't have to be new (other than next to skin items) and it doesn't have to be pristine, but it does have to be functional.  The Supply System doesn't just store things; it also repairs and disposes of them.  So, if you are being issued something that is broken, unusable or otherwise in need of repair or maintenance, then you don't have to accept it.  You can ask for another one and if they don't have another one, they can order one for you and you can pick it up later.  If your unit stores people are storing and trying to issue unusable kit, then they are not doing their job properly.  As soon as a Supply Section receives something back, they are supposed to inspect it and anything that is unusable or in need of repair is supposed to put it into the repair/disposal chain and a new one ordered (although the one they receive back could be used).

Having said all this, I'm not advocating being a a$$ at the Stores counter (that seldom works anyway).  When drawing stores, everyone needs to be reasonable.  Although everyone is supposed to return kit in a clean and ready-to-issue state, sometimes crap happens.  If an item only needs to be cleaned (using normal, reasonable methods - you shouldn't have to boil it in acid) or only needs a minor repair which you can do, then accept it and move on.  Anything beyond that though and the item needs to go back into the system for repair/disposal.

A thermos that cannot be cleaned using NORMAL methods is not only disgusting, it's unsafe and needs to be disposed of.  It should not be issued to soldiers.  I think your local PMedTech would back me up on that.

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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2015, 07:13:31 »
Id also likely to think the members unit dropped the ball.

Any time our unit is receiving new members for a kitting, we always do out best to make sure Somone experienced is sent along with them (usually the recruiter but could be anyone).

Why? Because stuff like this is frustratingly normal. Broken and unserviceable kit being issued. I don't really blame the sup techs, if someone turns in broken kit and doesn't mention it's broken, then it's going to get tossed into the pile with the good stuff and reissued.

Any new recruit isn't going to have a clue what to look to when they're receiving their kit and even I they did spot a deficiency, they're usually to nervous to speak up.

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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2015, 13:07:18 »
I did bring it in and mention it, however was told to buy a bottle brush and clean it. I'm happy to do that..but in the off-chance it doesn't work is there somewhere one can purchase a new one?

It was mentioned that there is a place where you can buy new items(name tags, clothing, etc) but I don't recall the site. Would that perhaps be a suitable place to find one?

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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2015, 13:28:09 »
This is unacceptable . Did your unit tell you this or the clothing stores pers?
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Re: Cleaning Thermos vs Buying a New One
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 11:39:52 »
I did bring it in and mention it, however was told to buy a bottle brush and clean it. I'm happy to do that..but in the off-chance it doesn't work is there somewhere one can purchase a new one?

It was mentioned that there is a place where you can buy new items(name tags, clothing, etc) but I don't recall the site. Would that perhaps be a suitable place to find one?

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