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Old April 9, 2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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gun safe humidity

Hey im new here and hope this is where it goes. I have a sentry 14 gun safe and have looked all over for a good answer. I sealed it up tight with weather stripping and have two of the eva dry 333 in it with a humidity monitor, the digital kind. My temp is constant around 73 and i cant get my humidity to drop below 51 even with two in it. My room humidity is 60%. I do keep everything oiled and break free clp coating. I just would prefer a 40% RH or so. Any ideas would help. I have a goldenrod, but its just for temp and dew point. More silica Gel possibly? Can you have too much, i mean besides cracking or drying out wood stalks. I just dont like my higher humidity. Thank you all Oh and one more 750 gram dessicant on the way.
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Old April 9, 2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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I wouldnt worry about 60% humidity. You cant have too much silica gel but If you have 2 ever dry dehumidifiers that should be plenty - its what I have and I've never had a problem (I dont even use a humidity monitor) After your done cleaning them, just take some remoil and spray them down and wipe with a microfiber towel. You sound paranoid about rust
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Old April 9, 2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Haha okay, I would just like it lower. I guess you can say I am a bit worried. I don't want my guns which I put alot of time and money into to rust away. Haha
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Old April 9, 2012, 02:37 PM   #4
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I understand you want to protect your investments, but you really shouldnt worry. You already have more then what most people have as far as preventing humidity. 60% humidity is fine - most museums keep antique firearms at around 50% and a temp of around 72 degrees. a 10% change in humidity for wood and metal is not very much at all.
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Old April 9, 2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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Thank you buddy!
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Old April 9, 2012, 08:46 PM   #6
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I work at a furniture store and I take the silica packs from all of the Ashley case goods and throw them in my safe. That is all I have ever done. Never had the first problem.
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Old April 9, 2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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That's what I'm doing now, does anyone know much about the equilibrium of humidity. I'm wondering if that's why I can't get under 50%
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Old April 9, 2012, 09:05 PM   #8
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Dude, do you think this hard about making a PB and J?

I agree with FrosSst, you seem paranoid.

I've had my Browning safe for 10 years. NEVER the first sign of rust or stocks splitting and drying out. Again, all I use is silica packs.
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Old April 9, 2012, 10:26 PM   #9
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Dude, do you think this hard about making a PB and J?

I agree with FrosSst, you seem paranoid.

I've had my Browning safe for 10 years. NEVER the first sign of rust or stocks splitting and drying out. Again, all I use is silica packs.
Haha I mean you have crunchy and creamy! No I'm not that worried, just some previous rust on an sks that I got taken care of. Just figured I'd ask some people more experienced. I didn't know mine was in okay conditions
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Old April 10, 2012, 08:35 AM   #10
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Keep some heat going in the safe. I use a small light bulb of 15W thats on all of the time. It keeps it dryer in the safe and also reduces the damp air from condensing on the warmer guns.

The Goldenrod is the first class way to do it.

http://www.goldenroddehumidifiers.com/introduction.htm

I also run a dehumidifier in that room.
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Old April 10, 2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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Thank you!
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Old April 10, 2012, 05:12 PM   #12
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I have a golden rod and a silica pellet can in mine

I never heard of sealing it up with weather stripping.
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Old April 10, 2012, 05:36 PM   #13
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I have a golden rod and a silica pellet can in mine

I never heard of sealing it up with weather stripping.
Well alot of safes come sealed for fire protection. Your silica desiccant will work better if it's a closed environment, mine was cheaper and had a .5 inch gap of wiggle room when closed. That's why it's sealed now and it has helped.
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Old April 10, 2012, 08:12 PM   #14
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If the safe is subjected to extremes in temperatures then it could pose a problem(ie.a garage with no climate control). But if it is inside your house where it is climate controlled you should be good to go.

With the .5 inch gap you found I think you did good by adding the weather stripping. Atleast it couldn't hurt.
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Old April 10, 2012, 08:38 PM   #15
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mine has an expanding seal that activates with heat in case of a fire.
The directions with the golden rod say to put it in the bottom of the safe and the warm air it creates will rise and exit out the top of the door and bring fresh air in the bottom of the door.
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