How To Keep A Gun Safe Moisture Free and Dry as A Bone

The fact that you bought a gun safe shows that you definitely consider security a top priority. Now you need to know how to keep the guns inside of it well preserved. Knowing how to keep a gun safe moisture free and dry will do just that!

Many people think that once you lock your firearms inside of a safe that the job is done. Unfortunately, this is not true and could result in a damaged gun.

Imagine how bad it would be for someone to get their gun in the event of a home invasion just to find out there gun has been damaged by moisture. The risk is definitely just not worth it.

Below you will learn the most common methods for how to keep a gun safe moisture free.

1. The first common method of keeping a gun safe dry is to place a bag of silica desiccant inside the safe. Silica desiccant packets are used for keeping many other stored items dry as well. You have probably seen the small packets in a bottle of vitamins or other goods.

The packets hold a bunch of dry, and very porous, silica beads that absorb a lot of the moisture.

The only downfall to using these packets is that they will need to be regenerated every few weeks. Considering they do absorb a lot of moisture it is guaranteed that they will reach their limits at some point. The regeneration process is very simple.

All you need to do is heat the packets in your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, or 120 degrees Celsius, for 1 to 2 hours. This will dry the packets up so they can be put right back to work. You can think of these packets as reusable air moisture sponges.

Check out the cool video below to learn how to recharge the packets.

2. Another method people use is putting a small dehumidifier inside of the safe. The most popular dehumidifier is the GoldenRod. The name describes it perfectly in that it is a golden rod shaped dehumidifier. The rod shape fits well in small spaces like your gun safe.

The dehumidifiers most likely need to be plugged into a nearby outlet to operate consistently. Many people drill a small hole in the back of their safe to run the wire through. A battery powered device sounds much more convenient but it is safe to say that a wired power source is much more reliable in the long run.

3. A cheaper alternative to buying a dehumidifier is to place a lit light bulb inside of the safe. The heat from the bulb is thought to be enough for keeping the air warm and dry. You will most likely need to drill a hole in the back for the wire to run through. Some safes do come with a predrilled hole on the back for the sake of running wire through which could save you some time.

The size of your safe will determine the size the light bulb to be used. Obviously a bigger safe will most likely need a bigger bulb since there is more space to heat.

4. Some gun safe owners say that buying any extra dehumidifying equipment is not necessary as long as the safe is in a heated or air conditioned area. They claim that all you really need to do is open up the safe every once in a while to let fresh air in and the old air out.

Even though this sounds like a great and simple method, the surrounding environment must be taken into consideration.

If a safe is located in a dry area and/or climate then a dehumidifier is most likely not needed. However, if you are located in a humid climate then one of the techniques mentioned in this article should definitely be taken into consideration.

If you want to check the humidity of the safe’s location then you can buy a device known as a hygrometer. A hygrometer, or indoor humidity monitor, is a cheap device you can buy at your local drug store to test the humidity of a given room. It is common that the humidity will be displayed as a percentage.

Most devices consider 50% to be at the “ok mark” so you probably want to look for levels from 50% and below. If the humidity monitor shows a high amount then you should strongly consider using the products or techniques mentioned.

So the main deciding factor for deciding if you should be concerned about your gun safe’s humidity is the surrounding climate. A warm and dry climate pretty much gets rid of the need for any dehumidifying techniques or products.

Sources:

TexasGunTalk.com

SurvivalistBoards.com

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