I may not be using the right word. The cardboard boxes the produce comes in. They have tabs and slots so the flats fit together and they stack well. They put them in big bins in the front before they throw them away, so you can load up and they're free. My current favorite are the blueberry flats. They comfortable hold 25 or so bars and are tall enough that I can stand the bars on the side.I have two shelving units that I line with large sheets of grease resistant sandwich wrap. I use short side produce crates also, they are nice because they collapse when not in use and I can stack several together.
Dixiedragon what are the cardboard flats at Costco? They sound interesting
How do you acquire excessive amounts of shoeboxes?I often cure in our office, unless it's a scent that The Admirable Lady adores, in which case they cure in the bedroom. I cure in shoe boxes, more often boot boxes as they are bigger, with the lid off. When the bars are cured, the lid goes on for storage
It holds between 150 and 200 bars, depending on shape and how careful I am about stacking. I have yet to fill it to capacity.I bought two 30" tall by 24" wide by 14" deep, 3-shelf units and used all six shelves on a single set of legs so I have five spaces, each about 5" tall and the top. The shelves are covered with 12 pieces of plastic canvas from the craft store to keep the soap off the metal racks. Total cost was $43 - $18 for each shelf (with veteran's discount) and $7 for the plastic canvas.
It will hold a ridiculous amount of soap, too. My typical loaf mold makes twelve one-inch thick, 3.75" long, and however tall the ingredients reach typically about 3". Each shelf will hold 3 batches without much crowding and I can fit 4 batches if I stand them carefully. Even if I reserve the top shelf for equipment, which seems likely, I'll have more capacity that I'll fill for a while.
I live in the deep south. We have humidity. Even in winter. Dehumidifier machines do not last long down here. I could never cure my soap in a closed box. Even with a silicone packet. It would grow mold. And it is very difficult for me to understand how a dehumidifier can pull moisture out of a closed box.After I cut my soap it sits on a paper towel on a tray, then is moved into a cardboard box with a silicone packet and dated/labeled and stored on shelves in my basement with a dehumidifier. I could never cure them open on a shelf, the fragrances would make me nuts and possibly ill.