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Living in the humid south, I'm always concerned about my guns forming rust. In terms of relative humidity, what is the maximum you would want to see in your safe before it gets risky for rust ?
 

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Living in the humid south, I'm always concerned about my guns forming rust. In terms of relative humidity, what is the maximum you would want to see in your safe before it gets risky for rust ?
I live on the Gulf Coast and there are simple, reasonable solutions to keeping you safe dry enough to not damage your guns. I use "kitty litter" in a couple of perforated cans and keep test strips in the safe. When the kitty litter quits working I toast it in the oven for an hour and it goes back to work.

There are also higher tech solutions, but I have no need for them.
 

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keeping them well oiled and clean does 99% of the work.

i grew up in the hot humid south texas area and kept my guns oiled very well. ive always used clp for that task. just keep up with it check em every week or so.

living up north here in the dry wisconsin weather i dont bother quite as much anymore. with the size my collection has grown to im not sure i want to go back as i think i would have to hire a guy to help me maintain the armory
 

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Dehumidifier

They make a dehumidifer for gun safes called a "Golden Rod". When I was using a safe I just bought a piano dehumidifer. It was cheaper and was basically the same thing.
 

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Not sure about humidity percentage, thinking 30-40% would be ideal...but don't quote me on it...Keep a good coat of oil and that'll do most of the work...

The location of your safe is also a factor...Ideally, you want it in a place that has the least amount of temperature change, like a bedroom closet, away from an outside wall and excessive lighting. Places like a garage, basement or attic may be the most convienent but inevitably you'll get condensation when the temperature fluctuates, almost no matter the actual humidity.

De-humidifiers are great as well as a bunch of DIY solutions like CF suggested. I just save the dessicants I get in new shoes or clothes and chuck 'em in the safe...
 

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I've been using the same Golden Rod for over 18 years now. I reach down and touch it about twice a year to see if it is still warming. Never an issue with rust and I live where the humidity rivals Vietnam during the Monsoon season. Get a Golden Rod and never look back.
 

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Humitidy is a problem for the majority of Germany, just like England. Oil the guns 1 or 2 times a month should protect them. Visually check all your guns once a week. Well, that is what I do. No rust yet!
 

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I clean my guns after each range trip and maybe once every couple months if Im not shooting a lot.....but this cheap and effective mini humidifier seems to make the work much easier!
 

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I'm using a Browning 18" rod , can't say much about it considering I just installed it yesterday. I'm hoping it does something. I noticed my humidity gauge was reading 60% , I better notice a difference in the morning.
 

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I have a question. With a dehumidifier rod (I have a 18in lock down) do I need a moisture gauge also?
I don't think you need one per say, but it's nice to verify it is actually working. I just put dehumidifier rod in the other day and wanted to see if it is actually doing its job. So far it dropped the humidity 10%. I just have the cheap Lockdown humidity gauge.
 

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I lived in Hanau, and the humidity wasn't too bad. Come to The South - 90 degrees is not too bad until 100% humidity kicks in.
 

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Anybody try any damprid in their gun safe? I have a mini rechargeable dehumidifier and a silica gel can, but they have to be recharged every few weeks.
 

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If you are storing guns in a safe and unless you simply can not wire to AC there is no reason to go with anything but a Golden Rod. I paid $20-30.00 for my first one approx 20 something years ago. I have yet to have one issue with rust pitting or corrosion of any type. Not even on the few abuse use guns it shares safe space with. It(Golden Rod)spent the first 15 years in a non fire/heat rated Browning Platinum Plus Series 24 +/- gun safe in the heat & humidity of my west central FL. homes non climate/humidity controlled garage. Several guns in that safe laid where they were first placed for 10-12 years and even those never showed any finish action or bore issues. For what it is worth, I always cleaned lubed and oiled anything that had done work and or was going to get a rest for a while. Even now with two additional fire/heat rated Liberty safes which reside in a climate/humidity control environment at my U Store It type man cave I still use Golden Rods in all three. That is just my experience, others may vary.
 

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A 15 watt lightbulb will give off enough heat to keep the humidity out of your safe. Just leave it on all the time.
 

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The only up side to a 15 watt light bulb is that when you open your safe you have light(well unless the bulb has burned out)but I do have to agree that a 15 watt bulb will create enough heat in most safes to deal with the problem of humidity / condensation. However I still can not understand why anyone would go any other route than a Golden Rod or
a quality piano dehumidifier. I guess that is one of the things that make the USA great, choice! But dollars to doughnuts a Golden Rod or a quality piano dehumidifier is so cheap so simple and so effective.

P.S. I just found the receipt for my original GR, it will be 19 years old in May 2013 and from Midway USA cost $39.99 shipped to my home.
 

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The light bulb is easy to find, easy to wire in, and gives you light to see your guns.

Today, in the age of led lighting, a single lightbulb is not going to be very showy. If you look around, I think some LEDs do give off some heat. Some are so cool, they would be useless in burning off humidity.

A small fan also gives off heat, as well as circulates the air.

Lots of options.
 
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