I took the cardboard off, filled the containers half way with hot water, and then added a big dollop of dish detergent that touts itself as a grease cutter.
My thought was to get these clean and use them for water storage. Unfortunately, hot water and dish soap are not having any effect at all. I can't get the oil out of them.
If anybody has any ideas on how to do that, I could use the suggestions. Obviously, I can't put gasoline or anything like that inside them.
I ordered some plastic ammo cans. They were cheap, and came with a good gasket and seal. Unfortunately, for reasons known only to the manufacturer , the bottom of the cans slope upwards at an angle. That means you can't pack them tightly with boxes of ammunition like you can a square military can. Still, for the price I can use them for something. Maybe loose packed ammo on stripper clips for ready use. I try to avoid metal to metal contact with my ammo, but this wouldn't have to be over a long period of time.
These are the real deal ammo cans. You can buy them brand new, unissued condition from AIM or Sportsman's Guide, among other places. I have heard that the military has been ordered to destroy ammo cans now rather than allow them to be sold as surplus. Other than pure and unadulterated vindictiveness on the part of some Obama bureaucrat in the government, I can't think why this would be. Maybe it's a rumor. I know the same bureaucrats tried to have the military stop selling once fired brass as surplus, but enough people howled to their congressmen to get that bit of hatefulness stopped.
Metal buckets are a good thing to have around the house. If you have a fireplace, you need them because "dead" ashes are usually still hot enough to start a fire. So you set your metal bucket full of ashes out on the porch, on a brick base, and let them cool off. Or use it to haul water, wash clothes in, or for whatever else comes up. They don't cost a lot and last forever if you take care of them.
When I finish using up whatever I bought in a glass jar, I wash it up good, get the label off, and put it in my shop. Glass jars are great for storing nails, nuts and bolts, 22 LR ammunition, matches, salt, sugar, or whatever else you need to keep dry and safe.
Those giant pickle jars you get with dill pickles are what I use to store brass in. I can see in the jar so I don't have to open them up to figure out what caliber is in there.
Old military telephones are great. You can run some slash wire from Point A to Point B, and you have communications that nobody can listen in on. The TA-312 is the most prevalent on the surplus market right now. Nice piece of equipment. You can use two , or you can use several on the same line. Military slash wire is really cheap and readily available.
All you need to power this system is 2 BA -30 batteries per phone. (That's a "D" cell battery, just like you put in a flash light.) These telephones are for sale all over the internet. Sportsman's Guide usually has them.
These are just a few things that stuck in my mind as I was going over a list of equipment and supplies tonight.