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Old 01-14-2009, 12:22 PM
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It appears that many of the reloading bench pics I see are in some type of spare room. Would setting up a reloading station in my garage be ok? I could set one up in my office but don't think my wife would like it much.

I guess it would be nicer to have heat and air in the office...
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Nope, the garage is "My Man Cave". Just about all the people that I know that reload and have a garage, use the garage for their reloading hobby. Plus using the Tumbler indoors (inside the house) is a bad idea.
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My setup is in the garage. I love it, but it gets pretty hot in the summer and it's pretty damn cold right now.

The two things you have to watch out for are your equipment and your components. Presses and dies can get a patina of rust, so you should keep them clean and coat them with a little oil once in a while. Primers and Powder should be kept at a relatively cool temperature. I store mine in a bin on the floor and against a retaining wall. They always remain less than 68 degrees, even in mid-summer.

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Funny, most setups I've seen, including my own, are in my garage.

I'd bet most setups you've seen are folks that are living in condos or apartments, who lack garages or space in them. Or youts with empty bedrooms. Or folks in much colder climates who set up indoors because of the weather. Or folks with basements.

I live in a mild climate. And I'd much rather have all that combustible powder and primer storage in a less flammable environment.
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My setup is in the garage. I love it, but it gets pretty hot in the summer and it's pretty damn cold right now.

The two things you have to watch out for are your equipment and your components. Presses and dies can get a patina of rust, so you should keep them clean and coat them with a little oil once in a while. Primers and Powder should be kept at a relatively cool temperature. I store mine in a bin on the floor and against a retaining wall. They always remain less than 68 degrees, even in mid-summer.

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Same setup and conditions here, but I'm only 15 minutes north of you, so what would you expect..
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Funny, most setups I've seen, including my own, are in my garage.

I'd bet most setups you've seen are folks that are living in condos or apartments, who lack garages or space in them. Or youts with empty bedrooms. Or folks in much colder climates who set up indoors because of the weather. Or folks with basements.

I live in a mild climate. And I'd much rather have all that combustible powder and primer storage in a less flammable environment.

Or people who build gun rooms on to their new houses.
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Thanks, I will be building a bench this weekend... I have a nice crawl space under my house, accessed via the garage, to store ammo and supplies.

I will be looking into insulation for the garage door, it radiates a lot of heat on warm days.

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All I have is my dining table.
Funny, my wife will probably be taking her dining room table during our pending divorce. All I will have to eat off is my 4' x 8' reloading bench. At least, I'll be able to move if from the garage to inside the house.
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I reloaded in the garage for many years until my oldest moved out . . . then I confiscated his BR and declared it a man cave. Now I have a dedicated climate controlled gun room complete with cable TV.
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All I have is my dining table.
LOL, would you pass the primers please?

I have a spare room I was thinking of using.
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Or people who build gun rooms on to their new houses.
Exactly.
When I bought my place, one requirement was to have an extra bedroom as my gun room.
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Funny, my wife will probably be taking her dining room table during our pending divorce. All I will have to eat off is my 4' x 8' reloading bench. At least, I'll be able to move if from the garage to inside the house.
It sounds like mostly good things are coming of this.
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Another vote for reloading in the garage. I'm lucky in that I have a walk-in closet *in the garage* that I use as my reloading room. It's not huge, but I can stand in there and reload and store all my supplies. It generally stays cool in there, although the garage gets warm in the summer if I park a hot car in the garage. I keep the powder and primers stored close to the cement floor so that at least I get the natural cooling action of the earth to help out.

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it sucks when its cold out though
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All I have is my dining table.
Seriously that's where my setup is too. I have no electricity in my garage at present and the wife doesn't like it but I'm the man and I do what I want
I did bolt my press to a piece of wood and c-clamp it to the bottom of the table so I can take it off easy and not drill holes in it. Loaded 100 rounds of
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I use my garage for my reloading and most of my other man activities. I guess I was lucky with my garage needing to be gutted when I moved in. I was able to put in a 100amp sub panel for power, insulate the walls and ceiling before doing major renovations. Just need to put in a new insulated roll up door and stain the floor.
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My reloading setup is in my office. The garage is fine, but watch out for drafs which can throw off the powder scale.
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it sucks when its cold out though
I have a portable radiator type heater I use in the garage.
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I live in a apt. but I have a room dedicated to my reloading, guns and computer.
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I have a 5 gallon tank and a propane heater for my garage set ups.

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When single, I had a reloading room, but have since moved it out to the garage bench.

At one time I had a reloading table mounted to the trailer hitch, for lunchtime work fun.
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I have the same propane heater as Ivan and works great. I also have my reloading stuff in the man room AKA "garage"
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That seems scary to have around gun powder.
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Just don't spill any powder on the heater.
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That seems scary to have around gun powder.

Haha... I have one of those too, and often run 3 high powered burners for my brewing system, and there's the water heater too!

Open flames 10 feet away won't hurt ya, unless you poured a trail of gunpowder from the burner to your powder stash..
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Just don't spill any powder on the heater.
Or a little for fun!!
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That seems scary to have around gun powder.
Its not like its an open flame and if you have an accident with this set up you probably shouldnt be handling propellants anyhow.

I have mine on a stool with arms in a milk crate so I can direct it wherever I am working. I have 3 presses so it needs to be mobile. The cool thing is that the stools are the same height so the heat goes directly to me.



It is a Steelcase Criterion stool on wheels. Very stable.
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Just don't spill any powder on the heater.
Pixi dust.

I had a chemistry teacher in HS who always had a bunsin burner on his desk going full throttle, to keep warm.
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IMO do your reloading in a quite space where the worries and noises of life will not easily intrude on your time reloading. Hence the garage is a good idea...

I don't tumbe my brass while I reload, that is not a peaceful sound to me.

Make sure to have large piles of projects blocking unauthorized garage access to your reloading bench so that it deters nuisance interuptions!
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I'd love to do it in the house but the one room that I wrested away from the wife is full of the rest of my gun stuff and machinery, consequentially I do all of my reloading in the garage.
The whole propane space heater deal is funny, do any of you guys remember the story in the Dillon Blue Press years and years ago about the guy who was pouring powder out of an 8lb jug into the top of his Dillon and slipped and dumped the whole thing into the heater? Turns out it punted him like a football, blew up his reloading shack and Dillons no b.s. warranty got him a new loader.
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