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locating dessicants locally

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by yakkingallover, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. yakkingallover

    yakkingallover Well-Known Member

    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
  2. jkingrph

    jkingrph Well-Known Member

    Check with a safe company.
  3. ColinthePilot

    ColinthePilot Well-Known Member

    I took them out of my roommate's new living room set. That couch and 2 chairs had about 20 packets in them. :neener:
  4. Wopasaurus

    Wopasaurus Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. burrhead

    burrhead Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. EricTheBarbarian

    EricTheBarbarian Well-Known Member

    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
  7. scrat

    scrat Well-Known Member

    go buy a couple bags of beef jerkey
  8. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Shoe store.
  9. sanglant

    sanglant Well-Known Member

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

    NAK Well-Known Member

    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:
  11. Richbaker

    Richbaker Well-Known Member

    Was that a DAMHIk moment?? ;^P
  12. never_retreat

    never_retreat Well-Known Member

  13. Titan6

    Titan6 member

    Mattress stores, furniture stores. They throw them away.
  14. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

    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:

    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;)
  15. JackW

    JackW Well-Known Member

    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:
  16. chute2thrill

    chute2thrill Well-Known Member

    3rd the shoe store.. Just offer someone 5 bucks for a bagfull...
  17. GigaBuist

    GigaBuist Well-Known Member

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

    CWL Well-Known Member

    Camera stores, electronic stores.
  19. fatelk

    fatelk Well-Known Member

    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).
  20. TAB

    TAB Well-Known Member

    boating supply stores will also have them,

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