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Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by Zamzow, Feb 21, 2013.
Are dehumidifiers worth the investments?
Always told myself I'd buy one with my first safe
IMO, i think that it depends on your climate and your particular house and it's heating and cooling system. everyone's situation is different. even though i live in a very high humidity climate, (East Texas) i don't have one and have no problems with rust at all.
I agree with Axxe. I live in Georgia and it can get pretty humid in the summer. When I was using my safe, I bought a piano dehumidifier which was about the same thing as a Golden Rod but cheaper. Now that I have a vault I have a free standing dehumidifier from Sears and also a oil circulating heater (looks like a small steam radiator) that keeps it a steady 30% humidity and 75degrees.
I live in northern Cali and we don't get humidity. Its just dry heat over here. The only reason I was considering one was because my closet is right by my shower in the master bedroom and I didn't know if that kind of humidity could be a problem.
Mine works great here in PA.....specially for the wet months....most have a built in humidity reader that lets you know the percentage of moisture in that room. Mine feeds right into the sump in the basement
I'm not looking at a big one. I'm looking at those mini ones that go right into the safe.
Well in that case I think the desiccant packs are thre way to fly. I have about 6 of the medium ones scattered around my safe...and like 5 or 6 of the small ones scattered around each of my 50mm size ammo boxes. Cheap and works nicely
I have a dehumidifier rod , 6 medium desiccant packets , and 8 ft of LED lighting in my safe , my safe runs about 10 degrees higher than the outside temp , never a problem with rust , but I do put my desiccant packets in the oven and recharge them every 6 months . I just have too much invested in there to take a chance on letting my stuff get rusty
I use the large Desiccant Cans! They work great! And to recharge them you just put them in your oven as directed and they are as good as new. However a guy needs something! In time rust will sneak in on you somewhere. I may be crazy but I am paranoid about anything electrical being in my safe with my prized possessions?
I agree sniper03. They r prized possessions for sure.
One of the tubs Damp-Rid does wonders bro. There actually made for a good size room and they do work. If you dont live ina humid climate whatsoev then id def. say buying a unit would be over da top and not needed. Tub-o-DampRid--$10? Dehumd Unit--$150 easy (ive priced units out couple months ago and bout ****)
another preventative step to avoid rust is an old fashioned cleaning and oiling on a regular basis. handling them is a big problem as well. the oils and salts in your skin can cause rust just as fast as humidity.
I never thought about our oils causing rust. I guess that makes sense though.
I've seen rust start n the perfect shape of a finger print. Looked kinda cool cause it wasn't my firearm haha
Lol. Poor fire arm. Lol.
I use them Eva-Dry humidifiers. They are rechargeable a and pretty cheap. I keep one in my safe and one in the room with the safe. The bigger ones cover a 500sq ft room.
I use a desiccant can too. I have been using one for over a year now. Every few months, I have to cook it in the oven to "recharge". That, and I try to clean everything at least once a year, even if I haven't had that gun out all year. I have a three ring binder that has a sheet for every gun, and I write down the date if I used the gun, cleaned it, or just oiled it down. Works for me.