Please help me. I ordered various grains and legumes in bulk bags from Something Better Natural Food. I also ordered (other sources) 6-gal buckets, large (20x30) mylar bags, and O2 removers. I should note that I am about 700' above sea level. We put the bags into the 6-gal buckets, filled them with the food, tossed in O2 removers (which had just come out of their vaccuum-packed bags), and used an iron on a wood board to seal the bags. We had probably 35 pails (this was multiple families doing this together). We let the pails sit overnight unsealed so we could be sure that the bags tightened up as the oxygen was removed. The next day, all the bags had "pulled in" to some degree -- some more than others. but none had really "bricked" tightly. We had used 1000cc in the beans (pinto, navy, kidney, soybeans, whole green peas) and corn; 1500cc in the millet; 2000cc in the wheat and rolled oats. Panicked that I had messed up, I ordered more O2 removers (this time from another source, with each packet being 1500cc) and some more mylar bags. I also ordered a "hot jaw" iron, as I though that would work better than the clothes iron. When I had it all, I cut open a corner on the bags that looked good (no air tunnels), removed the prior O2 packets, placed the new ones in, and used the hot jaw to seal off the newly cut corner. This time, I put 3000cc in most of them, and 4500cc in the rolled oats. In four of the cases, I though that the bag might have been compromised, so I used a new bag as well. I noticed that some of the old O2 bags were quite hot. This made me think that the pails they had come from were fine, even though not "bricked", as the O2 removers must have still had capacity in them (hence, they got hot when removed and exposed to the room air). Well, the next day I still didn't have bricks on *most* pails. However, one of the corn pails and one of the whole pea pails was bricked, but another corn pail was still loose enough to feel a bit of air pocket at the top. I'm frustrated/discouraged -- I don't know if my food is protected or not. Why would two buckets brick, while the others do not, with the same cc of O2 absorber? All of these bags "reduced", but most have definite air pockets. Did I mess up? Do I have bad bags? bad O2 removers? bad luck? Shall I keep sending good money after bad attempting to get it right? As these pails are still sitting in the game room awaiting final disposition, my wife is not happy about the continued disruption to her living area! She's actually being very nice about it, but I know what she's thinking. Any and all advise welcome.