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    Fire proofing gun safe

    I got a smoking deal on a gun safe today but it is not fire rated. I have heard people say that many gun safes are lined with sheetrock for fire resistance but I can not find any details on this. Anybody know if there is a certain type to use or just regular old sheetrock from home depot and how much it takes for a decent degree of protection? I was thinking I could line it with 2 layers of half inch rock pretty easily. Also, any idea where to get the kind of door seal that swells up in a fire to keep the smoke out?

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    The door seal is called palusol, don't know where you can buy it. I think there is better material for lining, some kind of ceramic wool. FYI installed sheet rock in housing (1/2 inch) provides a 1 hour burn barrier. for what its worth.

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    For drywall you would want the 5/8th fire rated board.

    Double that up as well.

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    Try taking a look at Liberty Safes and see how they are made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYcarry View Post
    For drywall you would want the 5/8th fire rated board.

    Double that up as well.
    Is the fire rated board a Lowe's/Home Depot item or a specialty kind of deal?

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    probably wasting your time , most fire rated safes are rated for only 30 min anyways, everyone I know that has had a fire with a fire rated safe has had a total loss of everything inside, lets face it if your house burns its probably going to last longer and be hotter than most safes are rated for,and sheetrock aint gonna help much against the intense heat, It may not burn through but it aint gonna stop all that heat either. Better of to just sell me your guns real cheap LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rednecksport View Post
    probably wasting your time , most fire rated safes are rated for only 30 min anyways, everyone I know that has had a fire with a fire rated safe has had a total loss of everything inside, lets face it if your house burns its probably going to last longer and be hotter than most safes are rated for,and sheetrock aint gonna help much against the intense heat, It may not burn through but it aint gonna stop all that heat either. Better of to just sell me your guns real cheap LOL.
    Well I dont have any illusions that it will save my guns from a total burn down but I figure if I can spend $30 or so on some sheetrock and adhesive to add some measure of protection in case of a small fire, it is worth it. My guns are overinsured but a couple have a good amount of sentimental value to me so I want to give it a shot.

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    Go for it , its bound to be better than nuttin at all.
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    From another source:

    In all actuality they are the same. However, 5/8" type X sheet rock has a fire rating of half an hour.(on the back side of every sheet there are stamps that will verify type X) To obtain a one hour fire rating (standard for commercial construction) is one layer of 5/8" type X sheet rock on each side of a wall with a minimum of 1 1/2" framing member (wood or metal) in between. Hope this helps.
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    Might look into this for sealing around the door.

    Grapho-Glas Flat Tape Woodstove Gasket - 5/8" x 84" Long

    I have used this kind of stuff when making a few airtight stoves from oil drums... It works but does have to be replaced after a season or two of use under high temperatures and frequent opening and closing.

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