The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Gear and Accessories

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old May 10, 2012, 10:04 PM   #1
djcantr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 28, 2012
Posts: 215
Safe humidity

I hope this is the correct forum.

I'm wondering about acceptable conditions to store firearms in a safe. I have a Dri-rod in mine and it has been running a few degrees above the house temperature and around 33% humidity. What should my humidity goal be for my safe? For a dessicant, are there options that are reusable instead of throw away? Could I dry out a dessicant product in the oven at a low temp for an hour or two and put it back in my safe? I'm obviously not knowledgeable in this subject and any input would be appreciated.
djcantr is offline  
Old May 11, 2012, 04:26 PM   #2
Te Anau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 17, 2004
Location: Somewhere south of the No
Posts: 3,824
This will recharge overnight plugged into the wall.I use one in a cheapie safe and it definitely helps.

http://www.eva-dry.com/products/eva-...-dehumidifier/

33% humidity wouldn't be a concern from my viewpoint.These will also offer superior protection if you're really concerned that the Dri-Rod isn't cutting it.

http://www.theinhibitor.com/Long-Ter...-p/1563-10.htm
__________________
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." --American author Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Te Anau is offline  
Old May 11, 2012, 08:02 PM   #3
drail
Junior member
 
Join Date: February 2, 2008
Posts: 3,150
You are wise to check the humidity with a gauge. If you read 40 to 45% or less you should be OK. If it hits 50% or higher you may not be OK. I only use some large mil-spec desicant packs from one of the survival outfitters. They get recharged 1 or 2 times a year and seem to be doing a good job. I have never had any rusted guns in my life (I'm 60) but I realize that some locales and some types of construction can cause a buildup of moisture that is unable to escape from a lot of new construction using super high efficiency barriers and really tight windows and doors. If 2 or 3 people in a house take a shower and the moisture isn't discharged out the exhaust fan it will flow all over the house, especially down on the lower levels. Keep checking your safe.
drail is offline  
Old May 12, 2012, 05:12 PM   #4
johnbt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 6, 1999
Location: Richmond, Virginia USA
Posts: 6,004
"What should my humidity goal be for my safe?"

50%, give or take 20%.

I'm a dedicated GoldenRod user and the goal is to keep the contents of the safe 2 or 3 degrees warmer than the room temp. That's all you need to do to keep moisture from condensing on your guns.

It doesn't hurt to wipe them down with an oily rag or a RigRag. Or put VCI chips in there for insurance if you like. This is one kind: www.theinhibitor.com
I use them in tools boxes, tackle boxes and such. I have one in my Brownells' screwdriver set, too.

John
johnbt is offline  
Old May 13, 2012, 07:10 PM   #5
excelerater
Junior member
 
Join Date: June 27, 2011
Location: Memphis TN
Posts: 694
eva dry keeps my safe 38-42%
and I am in the humid south
excelerater is offline  
Old May 14, 2012, 06:04 AM   #6
rebs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 10, 2012
Posts: 2,207
Quote:
I'm a dedicated GoldenRod user and the goal is to keep the contents of the safe 2 or 3 degrees warmer than the room temp. That's all you need to do to keep moisture from condensing on your guns.

It doesn't hurt to wipe them down with an oily rag or a RigRag. Or put VCI chips in there for insurance if you like. This is one kind: www.theinhibitor.com
I use them in tools boxes, tackle boxes and such. I have one in my Brownells' screwdriver set, too.

John
I am a firm believer in The Inhibitor products and use them on my guns and fishing tackle.
rebs is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09269 seconds with 7 queries