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HealthyGunz
05-13-2012, 1:32 PM
Im using a fire/water safe I bought at Lowes to store my valuables and firearms in for the time being. The safe is NOT rated to store firearms though so I called the manufacturer and basically what they said was that the seals trap moisture in which can cause corrosion to then guns. My question is, if I throw a bunch of silica gel packs in there (the safe came with a BIG pack and I put a lot more smaller ones in there too), should this solve the problem?

By the way, I don't have much money to spend, which is why I did this. If I did, of course Id buy a better gun safe. Im also aware that the safe is definitely not the most secure one in the world but the point is that it does offer SOME level of protection and that's all I want because I just moved in with 3 roommates and the idea is that I just dont want someone to be able to waltz into my room and have access to my guns. Im not looking for a vault.

Last but not least, this is somewhat temporary. I won't be storing them in this thing for life.

Fatstackz
05-13-2012, 1:45 PM
Silca Gel pack are probably hard to come by. There are moisture absorbing materials (Dessicants) available for boats that may work really well for you. These are available in boating stores and places tht carry boating/RV supplies. On the cheaper side, plain white rice in a paper bag will work pretty well too.

Eddy's Shooting Sports
05-13-2012, 1:52 PM
I have desiccant packs in stock specifically for gun safes. I also have slick desiccant unit from Remington that plugs into the wall to dry out the desiccant when it has absorbed to its capacity. If you are not near me or another store that carries them, you can likely buy the from Cabelas or the like.


Greg David
Eddy's Shooting Sports
400 Moffett Blvd.,Suite F
Mountain View, CA 94043
(660)969-GUNS

T-F 12-7 W 12-9 Sat 11-5
Closed Sun/Mon

Blarson
05-13-2012, 2:44 PM
I just bought this silica gel pack on amazon for my very large gun safe. I think I spent $23 out the door. I have not recieved it yet, but it gets really good reviews. Might be a good option for you. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0028M7WK4

Sky_DiveR
05-13-2012, 3:07 PM
This...

http://www.amazon.com/Stack-On-SPAD-100-Wireless-Rechargeable-Dehumidifier/dp/B001F0IH22/ref=pd_sim_hpc_2

When the window turns pink, plug it into the wall til it turns blue, stick it back into the safe. Don't forget to go thru Calguns Foundation to order.

JohnFLand
05-14-2012, 12:40 AM
Here's the heavy duty version:

http://www.amazon.com/Eva-dry-E-500-Renewable-Wireless-Dehumidifer/dp/B000H0XFD2/ref=pd_cp_hi_1

billwright
05-14-2012, 12:17 PM
Avoid anything that is BLUE Silica Gel as it contains Cobalt Chloride (http://www.cobaltchloride.net).

Also, consider a steel type container as it is more durable and easier to reactivate, can simply bake ever year or so to try out:

http://www.silicagelpackets.com/dry-packs-dehumidifier-products-canisters-boxes/dry-packs-silica-gel-dehumidifier-canisters-40-45-750-gram/dry-packs-750-gram-silica-gel-steel-canister-dehumidifier-moisture-protection-rechargeable-scented-available.html

JohnFLand
05-14-2012, 2:20 PM
The Eva-Dry units have a built in heater for re-activation; just plug in overnight outside your safe once a month or so.

I don't lick or sniff anything in my safe so I'm not too concerned about the bit of cobalt chloride indicator in the Eva-Dry.

Blarson
05-16-2012, 8:36 AM
This...

http://www.amazon.com/Stack-On-SPAD-100-Wireless-Rechargeable-Dehumidifier/dp/B001F0IH22/ref=pd_sim_hpc_2

When the window turns pink, plug it into the wall til it turns blue, stick it back into the safe. Don't forget to go thru Calguns Foundation to order.

Can anyone tell me how to do this ^? I shop on Amazon all the time and would love a portion to go to CALGUNS!