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Old March 14th, 2021, 02:04 PM #1
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The damned humidity! Gun storage questions...

I'm still getting used to no longer being in ultra-dry Idaho. And for some reason, my darlin' wife would like to reclaim more of our floor space at home.

Does anyone keep their guns in a climate controlled storage unit? How is that working out in keeping them protected?

Anyone try to climate control their own space in an outdoor barn or workshop? How is THAT working out in keeping them protected?
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I use a gun safe with a golden rod for humidity control for many years now. No problems
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Not funny. She's armed and looking for you now. She's a better shot than I am...
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And that works in a space that is NOT climate controlled?

Now I just have to calculate how many safes I'm gonna need...
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Probably a dumb question but...doesn't the golden rod get plugged in? Your safe must have an outlet to get it plugged in?


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This, again.
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Yes it needs an outlet. Basically it raises the temperature in the safe maybe 10F or so which reduces the relative humidity about 10-15%. It’ll work well in a conditioned space. It’ll help in an unconditioned space, but a shed, barn or garage with no humidity control is still a bad idea as you are likely facing 80-90%+ humidity on a really humid day. So the safe would be 60-70% relative humidity on a bad day and you really want to keep it no more than 60%, if not more like under 50% (but not under 30% or wood and shrink and crack).

Ideally you want a space the stays between 50-70F and no more than 70% relative humidity on its own. Then a goldenrod or just renewable dehumidifier pack in the safe can keep it at a good level.

Sometimes you don’t have a choice of ideal though. Out of curiosity though, how small a space or how large a collection do you have that it can’t fit in a house without being consider taking up “too much space”. Granted, I’ve got a 10x14’ room dedicated to my guns and hunting stuff. But I have a huge house and the guns themselves take up a 26”x32”x56” safe. I could probably squeeze a pair of such 25 gun safes in to a bedroom closet. The rest of the space are storage shelves, work bench and a decent whack of dead space in the room.
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A good dehumidifier doesn't hurt either. Even more so on the Eastern Shore.
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