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Gun safe humidity

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Sniper66, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Sniper66

    Sniper66 Well-Known Member

    Have been thinking about a gun safe lately and I have a question. Due to space limitations, I will need to leave the safe in the garage where temps and humidity change daily. My gun cabinet in the house is not lockable and wood is easy to break into anyway, even if I have a lock. So, looking into options. How do you control for humidity in a garage gun safe?
  2. Blue Line

    Blue Line Well-Known Member

    plug in device called Golden Rod. it heats the inside to moderate temp changes and drys the air.
  3. suemarkp

    suemarkp Well-Known Member

    Or even a short string of old style incandescent christmas lights (and those have the bonus of lighting the safe). You need something that dissipates about 10 to 20 watts of power. I have 3 4-watt christmas lights and one 1-watt LED christmas light in one of safe and a 12W golden rod in the other.
  4. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

    I use 3 boxes of silicia dessicant 900 gram and two 450 gram amounts. Within the last few days I added a Liberty dehumidifier rod from Cabelas and my hygrometer has yet to go above 60% humidity on the wettest days.
  5. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    I live in the balmy gulf coast of Texas and use two Eva-Dry 500 rechargeable dehumidifiers and I am two weeks over due recharging them and I just opened up my Amsec BF gun safe to check the humidity level after reading this thread and the gauge showed 59%.
    No problems.
    But an uninsulated garage probably needs the safe owner placing Golden Rods in it to give you the needed protection.
  6. Blue Line

    Blue Line Well-Known Member

    thats the best part of the golden rod, it tackles both the tempature and humidity in one shot. the dessicants only handle the humidity.
  7. JustOneMore

    JustOneMore Member

    Hey Sniper,

    Check local piano repair tech or Internet for a DamppChaser. 110v dehumidifier rod you can install and forget.

    They've been on the market for decades in the piano world. Also, company called "Lock-Down" makes a similar 110v dehumidifier rod for gun safes.

    Check Google, Amazon.com, other discount websites.
  8. Upstater

    Upstater Well-Known Member

    X2 for the golden rod, never had any issues when one is in use.
  9. erikk8829

    erikk8829 Well-Known Member

    Golden Rod
  10. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I saved a few bucks and got a DriRod brand.
  11. thomis

    thomis Well-Known Member

    I have a 24 gun safe in the shed. We have serious humidity swings. I use TWO LockDown rods (as one gentleman stated its the same as the Golden Rod).

    But I really like the Christmas lights idea for lighting.
  12. BGD

    BGD Well-Known Member

    I have my safe in the basement and had serious problems with mildew. Installed a goldenrod and problem went away.:)

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