You nailed it, you said "my" weapons, we are speaking of his weapons and powder, not yours. You might want to have that water heater serviced, since it is dangerous.
You can store your weapons any way you want, just don't whine when you get burglarized and cleaned out. I used to respond to whiny gun owners who donated all their guns to the burglars by not having them in a safe.
No my carry guns are readily available, but the rest are in a safe.
To each his own.
BTW, what happened to your skunk, sounds like a heck of a deterent to anyone entering.