locating dessicants locally


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yakkingallover
September 3, 2008, 09:30 PM
Wondering where everyone gets their dessicant packets for storing ammo in cans or other bulk containers. Looking for somewhere common like Wally world or similar, if I have to I'll get them online..Thanks

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jkingrph
September 3, 2008, 09:32 PM
Check with a safe company.

ColinthePilot
September 3, 2008, 09:44 PM
I took them out of my roommate's new living room set. That couch and 2 chairs had about 20 packets in them. :neener:

Wopasaurus
September 3, 2008, 09:58 PM
Go to a Journeys or any kind of shoe store....

I work at one up here... every box of shoes we have has 2 packs in them.... We have about 7000 pairs of shoes.

So if you really want some... pm me and let me know... and I'll ship you a little box of them.

burrhead
September 3, 2008, 10:09 PM
Go to any craft store and ask for silica gel. It's a powder used for drying flowers and it's dirt cheap. Put some in an old sock and there you go.

EricTheBarbarian
September 3, 2008, 10:34 PM
I've seen desiccant sold in gander mountain, as well as home improvement stores like lowes or home depot in the paint isle. I'm not sure what it is used for with paint, but you will find it in that area.

If you are really hard up, you could take desiccant packs from all of the shoe boxes at wal-mart:D

scrat
September 3, 2008, 10:35 PM
go buy a couple bags of beef jerkey

The Deer Hunter
September 3, 2008, 10:35 PM
Shoe store.

sanglant
September 3, 2008, 10:41 PM
go buy a couple bags of beef jerkey

umm, im pretty sure that's oxygen absorber, but i think i would go for the silica cat litter, and some paint tins :evil:

NAK
September 3, 2008, 10:50 PM
The cheapest I have found is a brand of cat litter that comes in a big plastic jug. You can see through the jug & tell it is clear looking beads. It will say Silica gel litter on the container.

I fill a sock with it for each of the large safes and smaller cloth bags for individual gun and ammo cases. Run them through the oven at 400 deg for a couple of hours every other month.

FYI: Stick with 100% cotton athletic socks :banghead:

Richbaker
September 3, 2008, 10:55 PM
Was that a DAMHIk moment?? ;^P

never_retreat
September 3, 2008, 11:01 PM
How many do you want?
http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_1004.asp?desc=Silica+Gel+Desiccants

Titan6
September 3, 2008, 11:03 PM
Mattress stores, furniture stores. They throw them away.

Stevie-Ray
September 3, 2008, 11:11 PM
Most gun stores sell cans of it. I used to get mine out of weld-wire barrels at work. Good size bags, maybe 10oz. Still have a few of those in my cans.

I use these in my safe:
http://www.nrastore.com/nra/Products.aspx?cat=search&SearchText=Eva-Dry

Pretty nice, just plug em in to recharge. Now I find that my local gun store sells those too. And about the same price.:p;)

JackW
September 3, 2008, 11:38 PM
You can try the camper section of Wally World or an RV dealer. They have some stuff that is supposed to keep the moisture out of RV's in storage.

Of course anything labeled RV or marine is usually 5 times more expensive than the same product without a picture of a boat or camper on it. :scrutiny:

chute2thrill
September 3, 2008, 11:40 PM
3rd the shoe store.. Just offer someone 5 bucks for a bagfull...

GigaBuist
September 4, 2008, 12:13 AM
I'm not sure what it is used for with paint, but you will find it in that area.

Paint will dry faster if you keep the humidity of the room down. That's why it's there.

CWL
September 4, 2008, 12:29 AM
Camera stores, electronic stores.

fatelk
September 4, 2008, 12:45 AM
Run them through the oven at 400 deg for a couple of hours every other month

The cat litter is a good idea, but I think 400 degrees is too hot. Anything over 300 degrees F can damage the beads, according to my info.

I ended up with a bunch of it, sold some here, then did very well selling it on ebay, in 30 gram packets and one-pound bags. If you can't find what you're looking for locally, let me know. I've been getting $9/lb on ebay, but to be honest if you're willing to look you can find it cheaper or free locally (but not as good as mine, of course:D).

TAB
September 4, 2008, 12:46 AM
boating supply stores will also have them,

damien
September 4, 2008, 12:50 AM
Coin dealers often have that. Call around.

mgkdrgn
September 4, 2008, 10:24 AM
Try your local Harley (or maybe any other motorcycle) dealer.

When I need some to store a car for a few months, they had plenty they were willing to part with. They come packed in the crate with the motorcycle and they just throw them away.

These were ~ 1lb bags ... foot long, maybe 3 inches across. Just heat them in an oven/microwave to drive out any moisture they have already absorbed and they are good to go.

And the best part ... they were FREE.

iafirebuff
September 4, 2008, 11:11 AM
At Wal-Mart next to the moth balls - they have these plastic "cans" that have a moisture absorber in it. I put one under my kitchen sink and one in my gun cabnet. Works great! And they are $3 each.

Dravur
September 4, 2008, 11:30 AM
I would second the Kitty litter.

I bought a bottle of Tidy cat and it seems to work great

jkingrph
September 4, 2008, 11:33 AM
go buy a couple bags of beef jerkey

Yeah! stick all that salt in there and watch how fast the rusting starts.

Navy joe
September 4, 2008, 11:36 AM
Uncan a helicopter rotor head. Oh, you don't have one of those? Lots of 1 and 2lb bags and the military typically doesn't bake and re-use their dessicant. More for me!

JohnBT
September 4, 2008, 11:47 AM
"Wondering where everyone gets their dessicant packets for storing ammo in cans"

I've never bothered. I know ammo will last for decades sitting on a closet shelf in a non-air-conditioned house. And yes, it's very humid in central and eastern Virginia.

John

Wopasaurus
September 4, 2008, 04:35 PM
I've seen desiccant sold in gander mountain, as well as home improvement stores like lowes or home depot in the paint isle. I'm not sure what it is used for with paint, but you will find it in that area.

If you are really hard up, you could take desiccant packs from all of the shoe boxes at wal-mart

Way to steal my idea McKinny!!!!!

tntwatt
September 4, 2008, 04:50 PM
Academy Sports in the holster/gun storage section.

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