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Randy Moe
8-May-2015, 11:47
I have been looking at these for a while and they just went on sale for $10 each, so I bought 4. Sturdy Chafing dishes.

7X17 fits great, that a piece of X-Ray 7X17 in the first tray. 8X20 would not lay on the bottom, but may work for you. Measure at the store, that's what I did.

Food grade stainless 18/10, so it may tarnish, but I think I can live with that.

The advantage is less fluid volume in each tray as compared to using 16x20 trays.

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jnanian
8-May-2015, 12:19
hi randy

i was always told never to use metalic trays for darkroom chemistry ( especialy fixer )
because ion transfer of silver / metal into solution. maybe stainless is non-reactive
i have no idea ... instead of metal trays, i opted for kitty litter trays , they were cheap as dirt ...

have fun !
john

Jim Noel
8-May-2015, 12:23
Another good alternative is seed starting trays. Most are 10x20 inches with or without holes. Obviously the ones without holes are needed. I have had mine for several years, 3 for $10.

Jac@stafford.net
8-May-2015, 12:36
I'm stunned! Why not pay $270 each for Arkay stainless trays?

Keith Pitman
8-May-2015, 12:40
I use plastic trays I found at a restaurant supply.

Peter Gomena
8-May-2015, 12:40
Also check Home Depot for small-batch mortar mixing trays in the building supplies area. Big, deep and cheap, made of polyethylene.

Jac@stafford.net
8-May-2015, 12:52
You should have bought all they had!

Randy Moe
8-May-2015, 13:07
Another good alternative is seed starting trays. Most are 10x20 inches with or without holes. Obviously the ones without holes are needed. I have had mine for several years, 3 for $10.

I knew of this tip, but not being a gardener I never looked there.

Thanks for the heads up.

Randy Moe
8-May-2015, 13:08
You should have bought all they had!

I did, all 39 just so I could corner the market.

I'm selfish that way.

Randy Moe
8-May-2015, 13:09
Also check Home Depot for small-batch mortar mixing trays in the building supplies area. Big, deep and cheap, made of polyethylene.

Big is right.

Peter Gomena
8-May-2015, 14:55
The mortar trays I'm referring to are about 20x24", maybe a little narrower.

Fred L
8-May-2015, 17:57
Interesting. I use these for starting seeds but they're the right size. Not super stiff but should be strong enough. important thing is they're cheap !


http://www.leevalley.com/en/Garden/page.aspx?p=64691&cat=2,44713,40757&ap=1

John Jarosz
9-May-2015, 06:31
Fred, I have used those seed trays. They're cheap and the right size but they are too fragile. The material is so thin that the corners develop crack and begin to leak.

I have been using these for 4 years now and they are perfect:
http://buyplantlights.com/tan-permanest-tray-gt2211-6.html#

Another source for very large trays are farm supply stores like Theisen's, Farm & Fleet, etc. They have a lot of containers that can be modified for ULF type work.

John

Fred L
9-May-2015, 09:10
yeah, they are very light weight but seedlings aren't as heavy as a tray full of developer and fixer. Those trays in you rink perfect, will have to see if they're available up here. thanks John !

Jim Noel
9-May-2015, 12:33
yeah, they are very light weight but seedlings aren't as heavy as a tray full of developer and fixer. Those trays in you rink perfect, will have to see if they're available up here. thanks John !

I have two types of seed starting trays. One set is black and a little fragile, although usable. These were the first ones I bought.
The other is at least twice as thick, very smooth green plastic and work beautifully. When loaded I can pick up one corner without feeling like the tray is going to break. If I pick up by the middle of the end, they do not flex.

jkcz
13-May-2015, 06:27
For 7x17 I´m using this IKEA STÖDJA cutlery tray. Cut of right part, left long side is exactly for 7x17" sheet.
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00177225/

jkcz
13-May-2015, 22:19
Sorry for the crappy phone quality image...