Dehumidifier Rod Install


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miamivicedade
January 27, 2013, 01:45 PM
Hey all. I finally got myself a dehumidifier rod for my safe. At first I was really afraid to do it because there was no pre-drilled hole in the protectant of the safe (it's a Field and Stream) by Stack on, I think. I previously used 3 of the Remington rechargable dehumidifiers.

Anyways, there were three pre-drilled holes in the back of the metal, already, for mounting (and 2 in the floor). I used one of the pre-drilled holes, and just drilled the right size hole through the protectant. I placed a 3/8" anti-short bushing in the hole already in the metal and placed the Dri Rod cord through the bushing. It now sits beautifully in the safe. I am still using the other dehumidifiers too.

Here are my questions:
1) Although I highly doubt it will, I want to see what others think about the hole in the protectant causing any issues with the rating (i did not compromise the metal).
2) How long after these things are running can you feel the heat to ensure they are working?

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brickeyee
January 27, 2013, 04:19 PM
It is not a "dehumifier rod" it is simply a low wattage heater to try and prevent condensation.


It does nothing to remove humidity.

By warming the air slight it makes the relative humidity slightly lower, but more important it heats those heavy metal guns just enough to stay above th edew point.

A 20 W light bulb would likely do as well.

JohnBT
January 27, 2013, 05:09 PM
Seriously, GoldenRod calls them dehumidifier rods.

Is there a practical difference between removing humidity and making it slightly lower? No.

I put a GoldenRod in the bottom of a Kencraft sheet metal gun cabinet 15 or 20 years ago. I just ran the cord through one of the holes in the back. It hasn't shorted out yet.

I don't know the first thing about the Remington units.

beatledog7
January 27, 2013, 06:10 PM
My Goldenrod is unmounted--it just rests on the RSC floor. Works as it should.

lightman
January 27, 2013, 09:18 PM
I guess that a hole could compromise the fire rating but most safes have a hole for a power cord and another hole in the top for moving them around at the factory. It can't hurt that much.I don't really know how long it needs to be on to feel it, but probably not very long. I can touch mine, after being on for years, but I would not be able to hold it for long. Lightman

OcelotZ3
January 27, 2013, 09:44 PM
To save room in mine I ended up mounting mine vertically along the side, making use of the shelf railing. Not having it horizontal on the bottom allows me to store a few more rifles.

hoghunting
January 28, 2013, 01:31 AM
My Golden Rod has been working in my safe since the late 80s, and without a climate controlled environment, have never had any rust on anything inside the safe. The rod should be warm to the touch.

miamivicedade
January 28, 2013, 09:05 AM
Thanks all. Yes it is warm to the touch but the safe does not feel much warmer. Thanks.

brickeyee
January 28, 2013, 01:45 PM
Seriously, GoldenRod calls them dehumidifier rods.

it is called advertising puffery.

You might investigate it.

You overpaid for a low wattage heater.

Congratulations.

brboyer
January 28, 2013, 07:18 PM
Seriously, GoldenRod calls them dehumidifier rods.

Is there a practical difference between removing humidity and making it slightly lower? No.

I put a GoldenRod in the bottom of a Kencraft sheet metal gun cabinet 15 or 20 years ago. I just ran the cord through one of the holes in the back. It hasn't shorted out yet.

I don't know the first thing about the Remington units.

Is there a practical difference between removing humidity and making it slightly lower?

Absolutely!

One actually removes moisture from the air. The other, as another poster stated, is an expensive low wattage heater, that does nothing other than raise the temperature inside the safe in an attempt to prevent moisture from condensing on the contents. Well, condensation is not required for rust to form.

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