I use a plastic bucket from one of those dollar stores. It's nice because it has a good handle and a pour lip. It's stirred w/ a long plastic spoon that I bought in a set from the same place. Mixing seems to go quickly, as I use Kodak's recommendations of having my water for the D76 between 120 and 130 degrees F. Just heat the water on the stove in a cook pot, quickly pour it in the plastic bucket, pour the D76 from the package in stages while stirring it w/ the spoon. It seems to dissolve quite quickly. I have the mixing bucket set on the stove while doing this, and turn on the vent fan, along w/ wearing gloves and a bandana over my mouth and nose. Maybe it's overkill, but breathing in that powder that inevitably gets airborne during the emptying of the packet looks like bad news. The fixer is liquid and I simply pour the chemicals and water into a brown plastic jug and slosh it around some w/ the cap on.
Freshly mixed chemicals are stored under the sink in those brown plastic, one gallon jugs from Freestyle (the Dektol goes in the bigger black canisters), or wine bottles. I also use the plastic accordion bottles as I use the chemicals up and have never had any issues. Smaller 16 oz black plastic bottles are used for the developer once the volume goes down, as each bottle gives me the right amount for a developing session, and I can keep the other ones topped up w/ no air space. Here in Florida it gets hot for 6 or 7 months of the year. I was concerned about heat ruining things, but the guy at Freestyle, who originally hailed from here, said just put things in the fridge if it gets over 85 degrees in the house. He seemed to think it was the lesser of the two evils between too much heat and too little. I did it once, but have gone back to keeping it under the sink, and try to use the developer up within a month.
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