Getting this safe and need opinions on dehumidfiers


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ba ba booey
March 18, 2013, 11:51 PM
So I decided on this safe:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_387167-10283-CN24-BKT_0__?Ntt=centurian+24+gun+safe&UserSearch=centurian+24+gun+safe&productId=3651544&rpp=32

before anyone tells me---yes I know that there are many safes that offer a greater level of security, but I had a certain price point and prefer a mechanical lock----anyway

I'm wondering what opinions you guys have on good safe dehumidifier options. I don't mind low tech, in fact that is prefered as long as it works. I'm in SC so high humidity is the norm. Any viewpoints are greatly appreciated.

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hoghunting
March 19, 2013, 01:40 AM
I also live in a high humidity area and my safe is not in a climate controlled space. I'm using my original Golden Rod from the early '90s and it's still going strong with no rust on any of my guns and never had any condensation in the safe. Highly recommend the Golden Rod.

Outlaw Man
March 19, 2013, 09:01 AM
When I was looking at safes this weekend, one of the dealers showed me what was essentially one of those boot dryers you can get at Academy Sports he was using as a dehumidifier. It seems almost like overkill, but that's definitely an inexpensive option.

Godsgunman
March 19, 2013, 11:11 AM
Good old pack of Saltines, cheapest way to go. Buy a box that has the 4 stacks open one stack half way and place in bottom of the safe. Once they get to moist, throw 'em away and open a new pack. Easy.

rcmodel
March 19, 2013, 01:54 PM
Goldon Rod.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1138359695/goldenrod-dehumidifier-rod-with-detachable-plug-110v-gold

Saltines,Seriously?
You put salted crackers in your gun safe??

Mercy Mercy!!

rc

Teachu2
March 19, 2013, 01:57 PM
Goldon Rod.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1138359695/goldenrod-dehumidifier-rod-with-detachable-plug-110v-gold

Seriously?
You put salted crackers in your gun safe??

Mercy Mercy!!

rc
It keeps the mice from chewing on the leather....

Godsgunman
March 19, 2013, 02:35 PM
LOL, yep no problems so far, except the mice do seem to be a bit big for this time of year :p

ba ba booey
March 19, 2013, 02:46 PM
what about something like this

http://www.amazon.com/Dry-Packs-Gram-Silica-Canister-Dehumidifier/dp/B003QZ6PZ0/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1363718696&sr=8-5&keywords=dehumidifier+for+gun+safe

like the fact that it doesnt use power. Also what are some opinions on hygrometers? who uses one in their safe?

Highcaliber
March 19, 2013, 03:15 PM
Keep in mind, the "golden rod" that some people use is not really a de-humidifier at all. It simply keeps the contents of your safe a bit "warmer" which helps with the condensation of humidity forming on your metal valuables. Think of a warm can of soda...no moisture on the outside of the can, but when the can is cold you get condensation moisture forming on the metal.

The cracker method I have heard of but don't have a clue as to measurable benefits. I do know some gunsmiths that use dried pinto beans as a dessicant but I have no idea how well that works either.

I tend to like the products from Dry-zone / Dampire but I don't think they're made anymore. They are basically silica gel granules wrapped in a cotton bag that you can recharge in your microwave in about 2 minutes, once a month.

PlaneJain
March 19, 2013, 03:26 PM
if u dont have crackers, use rice.

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