Gun Safe Question

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    Gun Safe Question

    I have no experience with gun safes.......Growing up my dad kept his "extra guns" locked in the closet. I have an old gun safe in good condition (no rust, ect.) that I am about to refurbish (paint, change locks, add shelves, ect.). I live in Fl....... Do I NEED a dehumidifier in it? Right now I keep my firearms in my closet and they are free from rust. Currently we live in an older mobile home and it is rather drafty and not at all "air tight" so our A/C unit will not really help much in keeping out the humidity. However, the guns are doing fine in my closet, so, wouldn't they be fine in my safe without a dehumidifier?

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    If they're doing fine as it is, a few desiccant packs might help. They aren't expensive and can help. Cheaper than a dehumidifier I would assume.

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    Thats what a friend of mine also suggested. Also, would you recommend an electronic lock or keyed locks? It came with two tubular cam locks, but I can install either one.

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    I'd go with a keyed lock. Electronic locks have spotty reputations. Spin dial would be better.
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    30 dollar remington dehumidifier works great.

    dial lock (like on a high school locker) is best.

    fire resistant safe is best.

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    Yes, if their fine in your closet they'll be fine in your safe.
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    Your closet gets regular air circulation every time you open it. I'm willing to bet your safe is not too ventilated, so unless you open it at least a couple times each day, all that humid air will just stay put. A $30 dehumidifier rod is pretty cheap insurance. They last forever and cost pennies per day to operate (IF that much).
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    Here's everything you want to know about safes...lots of infor here, enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm View Post
    Your closet gets regular air circulation every time you open it. I'm willing to bet your safe is not too ventilated, so unless you open it at least a couple times each day, all that humid air will just stay put. A $30 dehumidifier rod is pretty cheap insurance. They last forever and cost pennies per day to operate (IF that much).
    Actually, dehumidifiers run pretty much constantly and are not as cheap as you might think to run them. You can monitor how many kilowatt hours yours uses in a month by getting one of these and plugging the dehumidifer into it and select KWH mode. Run it for 30 days and multiply the amount of KWH on the display by your local rate (somewhere between 10 and 30 cents per KWH). This will tell you how many $$$ per month that thing sucks from the wall outlet...

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    Since I work for a power company, run 2 or 3 dehumidifiers just to be sure to keep the guns safe from humidity.
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    Thanks for all the help...... I'm excited to finally be getting one in here! I'll be sure to check out the "Gun Safe Buyer's Guide" website.

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