Gun Safe Moisture

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by StagArms, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. StagArms

    StagArms New Member

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    I have moisture acculationg in my gun safe and I heard that if I have a cup of rock salt, water will accumulate in the cup. Is this true? Anyone ever heard this?
     
  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    i have never heard that but I just got a safe for Christmas and have had trouble in the past with that room getting dampness so I bought one of these:

    http://www.cabelas.com/gun-safes-remington-mini-dehumidifier.shtml

    I got it from a local store for 25 bucks, we will see if it works, requires no power, just hang it in the safe and when the indicator crystals turn pink take it out and plug it into a wall socket, it heats up and burns off the moisture and is ready to be reused.
     

  3. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    I usually just save the dessicants I get in new shoes or clothes and toss 'em in the safe...

    De-humidifiers are great too but if you are in and out of your safe daily, they can only do so much...IMHO

    Never heard of the rock salt thing but it would seem to me, if you have a humidity problem, adding salt to the air might not be so good...
     
  4. lfcshooter

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    I use kilrock moisture trap crystals from Amazon I have had same problem in past they really help. Make sure you refill every couple of weeks.
     
  5. StagArms

    StagArms New Member

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    Thanks guys . I have a dehumidifier but the beach is in my pack yard and I duck hunt a lot it crappy weather and I'm scared off getting rust.. all I have rust on is old 870 express from the 80s and it had spot on the.barrel. everything all my other rifles are fine and have been creaned every three weeks
     
  6. lfcshooter

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    You could also spray each gun with storage gun oil then put each one in a gun sock. I have remmington gun socks impregnated with silicone.
     
  7. blucoondawg

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    I have always been told storing this way is a bad idea, the sock will trap moisture in as well as keep it out?
     
  8. lfcshooter

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    I always make sure I acclimatize the gun in the same room for an hour before I wipe down with dry microfibre cloth spray with gun storage oil let dry then put in sock. I have moisture trap dehumidifier in cabinet as well. This seems to work for me I always repeat process every few weeks or so whether I shoot them or not. I have to store my guns in attick and it can get quite cold up there, I have had pitting of the barrel on previous rifles in the past and found that this has worked best for me.
     
  9. danf_fl

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    Salt, NO!
    Imagine salt on the seashore or used on snow in the midwest. Rust everywhere.

    Damp-Rid (at almost any hardware store or DIY center) will work.

    You can also purchase dessicant from: http://www.mcmaster.com/#desiccant-bags/=kzpb7y
     
  10. deadeye

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    I live in the damp northwest and use a Goldenrod dehumidifier (http://www.goldenroddehumidifiers.com/) in my safe. It works surprisingly well. Since installing it I have had absolutely zero rust problems. My father in law uses the same thing in Seattle, and his safe is in an unheated garage. He's actually the one who recommended it to me.
     
  11. blucoondawg

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    Is that the heating element type which you plug in and they just heat up? I thought that was a good idea however my safe doesn't have a way to plug in anything, its a black friday cheapo
     
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    Eva-dry

    I use this in my kegerator which gets a lot more moisture than a safe and it works great. You have to take it out and plug it in for 24 hours about once a month or so. Also I have seen multiple safe stores that sell this product. I was told by a guy selling safes that he would not recommend using Damprid because if it spills it is corrosive and obviously that could be problematic in the long term.
     
  15. blucoondawg

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    This looks to be the exact same product as the Remington version I picked up
     
  16. Mosin

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    I can't speak to the posted desiccants, but I know cedar works great. I keep a sock full of rice in my gun safe. It has the advantage of being microwaved and placed on my injuries too. :D
     
  17. getem2011

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  19. John_Deer

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    I know salt will draw moisture. Will it draw enough moisture to keep your gun safe dry might be a good topic for the myth busters. Ebay has large packs of desiccant that are inexpensive. I put the large packs of desiccant in my safe and ammo cans. The desiccant packs weigh about a half pound.

    If your safe has a hole in the top of it you can put a small light bulb in it.
     
  20. danf_fl

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    In my humid area, resturants and diners put rice in their salt shakers to keep it smoooth flowing.

    Salts are used in some bluing applications.
    I'm wondering though that seeing Louisiana has salt mines, why is it so humid there? :)