The 2×4 bar holders with locking tabs can accommodate a padlock. I don’t think mama bear can break a padlock.
The 2×4 bar holders probably should be secured with a BOLT (coming soon on this site) with a good washer setup to keep the bolts from pulling through the wood.
I might suggest a few improvements to the pictured receptacle based on my observing mama bear.
Try to get as little space as possible between the bottom of the door to the ground to make it hard to get those claws into.
I would move the 2×4 bar holder system from the top of the door to the center of the door (vertically), because if she does get her claws underneath the doors she gets less leverage.
I would also put the 2×4 bar a little lower so that if she does get her claws behind it, she can’t get full down leverage on the 2×4 bar.
If you have ideas to make your bear proof trash cages (wooden or steel) even more secure, would LOVE to hear your comments. I’ll approve everything constructive. Also, depending upon what you say, I’ll “de-insult” what you write and also clean up any foul language.
My position is that if you use my secure 2×4 bar holder to secure your bear proof garbage can box then the strength of the 2×4 bar will create a super strong bear garbage deterrent.
This reviewer on Amazon really gets it. To really “get” the secure bar holder you have to understand what you had to install and buy before the bar holders.
First you had to buy and install some latch concept for ONE of the doors. You would use these latches to keep one door completely shut, as if it was a wall and not a door. So you have to account for the cost of that latch system.
Installing the first latch for the door isn’t easy. Usually you have to install one at the top of the door and one at the bottom. Then you have to figure out how to open/release these at the same time. There is just no good way to make this smooth, cheap, or simple.
Assuming you do figure out how to get the first door latch working well, now you have to install a latch on the outside of the shed too so you can lock the shed. Most of these latches aren’t very good or very sturdy.
The secure bar holder is a far simpler, approximately the same cost, method for fastening a double door closed. It doesn’t look too bad and it forces the bad guys to at least consider cutting through a 2×4. And you can get very tough 2×4’s like hard cedar.
Here is the review for which I could not be more thrilled! Thanks Charles.
As a reminder, here is my graphic of how you would do this. The magic is the hole I have in the bar holders that allow you to put in a keeper screw.
One thing I know how to do now is to work with customers to do a color match. I have added a “color match” product to my product listing. If you’ll add that to your order of bar holders, I’ll powder coat the bar holders to match your paint chip and save you the painting… plus painting galvanized metal with normal house paint – very hard.
Securebarholder.com accidentally sent out a “not fully cured” powder coated kit recently. We knew the kit was different, but we thought it was because of an inventory change from wet coat (standard painting) to powder coat. We thought it was old wet coat inventory.
But it wasn’t. We didn’t cure the powder long enough.
Now we know what to look for and it is interesting what we have learned.
See and hear what we learned and just how tough the securebarholder.com powder coat really is.