Dessicant Packs for Ammo Cans

Discussion in 'Firearm's Industry' started by Oldoutlaw, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have used desiccant in cans for years. Some worked good for a long time. Others not so long. Here are what I have settled on. Extremely convenient to use and take up little space. Each one is filled with 40g of Silica Gel. Enough for 3 cubic feet of area. Nice.

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    You can get them in various quantities. I got the 16 pack as link shows.
    These work real well in a plastic pistol case also. Which reminds me I need a few more for a few pistols and another 12 new steel ammo cans I just received.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/16-Pack-40...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
     
  2. G66enigma

    G66enigma Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In the safe, I've used a "golden rod" along with a can or two of the silica. Definitely works. Just recharge the silica units every so often in the oven.
     
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  3. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I only posted about ammo can usage. The way I move and handle ammo cans the soft packs do break every so often. For safes, I have the Remington Desiccant units that plug into 115v when recharge is needed. To big for ammo cans.
     
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  4. Mercator

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    I have two identical 5-gun safes with hygrometers. Placed an absorber in one. The difference was too small to mean anything. I stopped using absorbers. Maybe they would lower humidity in airtight spaces. I think cleaning and oiling your guns regularly works just as well or better.
     
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  5. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes, you are correct there. But these are for 50 cal ammo cans. Ya don't want to oil your stored ammo. Right?
     
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  6. Mercator

    Mercator Well-Known Member

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    Not even after a Guinness :)
    But I was at a shoot once and the guy opened a can of 7.62x54 with a sledgehammer. Before I could run.
     
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  7. MisterMcCool

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    I get desiccant packs free at work. Let me know if you want some.
     
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  8. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Is it loose or in bags of some type you can drop in a can?
     
  9. MisterMcCool

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    It comes in cloth pouches.
     
  10. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim Well-Known Member

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    That’s what I used at work also. We used the loose desiccant for paper insulated cables, just poured it in and wrapped the amp connectors or twist & solder splice with muslin.
    We used the pouch for module connected splices (3m or Bell 710 modules).

    I use the big pouches (2”x5”) in my tool box drawers out in the damp shop as well as in ammo cans with ammo...;)
     
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  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I got mine in paper pouched stored in 1 gallon paint cans.

    A friend "liberated" them from a communications company when they stopped using undergouind cables.

    Ten of those gallon cans has me set for life.:)
     
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  12. Capacitor

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    Caveman Jim, sounds like you were a splicer, if so construction or maintenance?
     
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  13. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim Well-Known Member

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    Both, I started out on a cutover crew then went contracting working units for 15 years then settled in Wa doing maintenance work.
     
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  14. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Did ya work for "Ma Bell?"
     
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  15. JTJ

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    We have very low humidity here so dont need desiccant. Right now it is 14% and single digit is not uncommon.
     
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  16. Bigcat

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    OOL Thanks for the thoughtful link! :)

    I need some desiccant baggies though I think.. Since my thing is storing in an airtight container and not opening/disturbing for a long while.
     
  17. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Oldoutlaw,
    I just had a question about the smaller metal desiccant containers in your picture.
    Can they be re-charged?
    Here is the ones I use in my Safe that does not have the Rod Hygrometers.
    But in my other Safe I use these Desiccant Containers in the picture below. The Top Cap turns Blue when they are fully dry. When the Cap turns Pink they need reconditioned. So into the Oven at 240 Degrees for 3 Hours to fully recondition them.
    That brings me to the question of, can the little ones you showed be recharged the same way?
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    Price around $18.00 each.

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  18. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes, per those same instructions.
     
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