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June 29, 1999, 07:21 PM
I have a conventional, no frills, gun safe. I've heard that it can be made fire proof (or at least fire retardant) by surrounding it with drywall.

Does anyone know it this will work, and if not, what would be the best way to protect the safe from fire? At least till the fire dept arrived.

4V50 Gary
June 30, 1999, 12:45 AM
A box constructed of drywall can buy you some time. Wallboard (?) of the type used by big hotel restaurants work even better (they're designed for stoves/ovens which are going 24 hours a day). The more the layers, the greater the insulation. In the '80s, some safe manufacturers use to use ceramic tile to insulate their safes.

Figure out the response time of your fire department, double it and build your box to that standard.

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July 9, 1999, 12:47 PM
I read several years ago that an inner box
made of ordinary 2X4's or other wood inside the safe dramatically reduced heat and had a very low flash point.

[This message has been edited by bobo (edited July 09, 1999).]

July 12, 1999, 09:23 PM
You can also utilize fire proof brick that is used to line large ovens, in addition to the sheetrock. It adds significant weight to the safe. Just my two cents.

July 25, 1999, 12:14 AM
I work with fire safety regs. in my daytime job.

To help protect your guns against fire, buy some 5/8 inch sheetrock, and a 1 gallon bucket of drywall joint compound. 2 layers of this sheetrock (drywall) will withstand 1 hr of fire in an open enviroment, and possibly longer in your safe. Cut the sheetrock to fit tightly at all joints, and use joint compound on those joints. Don't forget to do all 6 sides.


4V50 Gary
July 25, 1999, 11:01 AM
Balming, you da man! Thanks for articulating what I could only clumsily sputter.

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