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Old 08-20-2014, 12:10 AM   #1
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Anyone in Florida or very humid area have gun safe in their garage without any issues with rust due to humidity?



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Old 08-20-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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If you are in a humid area, you need a dehumidifier. There are several on the market designed specifically for gun safes. Most of the big name shooting supply outfits carry them. Here is a link to one but there are lots of them.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1138614184/goldenrod-gunsaver-dehumidifier-rod-110v



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Link appreciated, think I am going to go for the cordless model from stack on, that you plug in once it gets "wet" to dry it out, this way, no holes need to be drilled in safe, hot as hell in my garage, put my cigar humidor in there and humidity only 45% would have guessed 100%, nope, just hot. Have read on several forums that metal will not rust with less than 50%, especially guns covered with oil less than 50%

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EVA-DRY E-500 will work well for a safe about the size of a refrigerator.

http://www.amazon.com/Eva-dry-E-500-Renewable-Wireless-Dehumidifer/dp/B000H0XFD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408589323&sr=8-1&keywords=eva+dry

My safe had a hole already cut for the power cord so I went golden rod but if you don't have a hole, get the EVA-DRY. I have one for a kegerator and it works well and has so for several years now, it takes about 1 day to recharge it every month.

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If it is convenient I would go for a small tube with airconditioner filter, from inside house through a hole in back of safe. I assume you're talking about one of the inexpensive ones with only mild steel and thin case. The rods are goo but based on heat and crystals. Better than nothing in Flrorida, In other areas with less humidity and heat a better proposition. Since you are thinking of putting them in the garage because of space? I might make a small well insulated gun room with airconditioner vented in and use the rods too. maybe enough room for reloading etc. Make it well enough and forget the dafe put a sfe quality door as the entry door.

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Welding rods are extremely sensitive to moisture. I keep my welding rods in an old refrigerator with a 40 watt light bulb in it. Some of the rods are several years old with no rust and the flux is hard.

Not saying you should put a light bulb in your gun safe. Just pointing out how easy it is to preserve metals.

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I have a light on in my main safe. Keeps things dry. A safe can be too dry. Too dry is hard on wood. 50% humidity is about right for a temp of 70 f.

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I keep my basement workshop at around 50%. Everything seems to like that range, wood, metal, me. It may also depend on where the gun is touching what. I had some guns rust only where the barrels touched the rest...

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I lived for six years in Louisiana with a safe in the garage. Never an issue. Has the electric dehumidifier that came with the safe.

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In FL your guns are more likely to rust during the winter months. As others have pointed out, don't use foam or carpet rests. Plastic will do just fine without rusting your guns.



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