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Condensation in Gun safes
Sep 3rd, 2012 at 9:53am
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I use Damp Rid in my firearm cabinet but notice over winter condensation gets quite high, especially if not opened for a few weeks.

Ive been told  running a small light inside the cabinet may help but not sure what type etc, also concerned about possible fire risk.

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Re: Condensation in Gun safes
Reply #1 - Sep 3rd, 2012 at 10:01am
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I'll send you a 40w cabinet heater Ice, should be fine, sparkies use them for keeping condensation out of electrical gear.

PM your address and I'll get it to you. Might even put a 3 pin plug on it if you behave.
  

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Re: Condensation in Gun safes
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30 or 40 Watt bulb left running would do the trick.  I got a nasty surprise a little while ago when I found rust in my 30-06 barrel.  This house is dry but when the humidity is up in the 80 to 100% range it gets into everything.  Cold metal is incredibly good at condensing  airborne moisture, keep it warm and it doesn't happen!
What is there in the cabinet too burn?? Put an RCD on the lead you use for your light.
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 3rd, 2012 at 11:33am
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cleaky wrote on Sep 3rd, 2012 at 10:01am:
I'll send you a 40w cabinet heater Ice, should be fine, sparkies use them for keeping condensation out of electrical gear.

PM your address and I'll get it to you. Might even put a 3 pin plug on it if you behave.


Wow, Thanks Cleaky, your a bloomin Hero mate. I promise to try and be good this week Smiley

The Gun safe is not metal, and  not located in the house as such. Wink
  
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I used a light bulb for a couple of years but I was forever replacing them.
I now have had a wardrobe heater with a thermostat. Top hole.
  

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Gamehunter63 wrote on Sep 3rd, 2012 at 1:11pm:
I used a light bulb for a couple of years but I was forever replacing them.
I now have had a wardrobe heater with a thermostat. Top hole.

Where did ya buy that from??
  

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cleaky is on the right track.  the little heaters we use to keep outdoor switchboards warm are the way to go.  Often they come with built in thermostats.  Just make sure if the gun safe is metal, that the metal frame is earthed. 
Mind you, it would certainly stop someone stealing your firearm.  Contacting a local switchboard manufacturer would be a good start, otherwise any friendly company.
To be fair, with all the demolitions going on in CHCH, there should be a few floating around.
  
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Bushrash wrote on Sep 3rd, 2012 at 5:25pm:
Where did ya buy that from??


Bunnings sell them.
  
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ICEMAN wrote on Sep 3rd, 2012 at 9:53am:
I use Damp Rid in my firearm cabinet but notice over winter condensation gets quite high, especially if not opened for a few weeks.
Ive been told running a small light inside the cabinet may help but not sure what type etc, also concerned about possible fire risk.

any ideas.

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Sikakila wrote on Sep 3rd, 2012 at 9:25pm:
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Reply #10 - Sep 5th, 2012 at 1:23pm
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sheppard84 wrote on Sep 3rd, 2012 at 7:48pm:
cleaky is on the right track. the little heaters we use to keep outdoor switchboards warm are the way to go. Often they come with built in thermostats. Just make sure if the gun safe is metal, that the metal frame is earthed.
Mind you, it would certainly stop someone stealing your firearm. Contacting a local switchboard manufacturer would be a good start, otherwise any friendly company.
To be fair, with all the demolitions going on in CHCH, there should be a few floating around.


We make them for the switchboard companies  Wink
  

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keep your water pistols in another cupboard Smiley
  
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Reply #12 - Sep 5th, 2012 at 7:59pm
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I use one of those Pingi Penguin things from countdown to trap the moisture, just chuck it in the microwave when it changes colour. Does the job
  
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Re: Condensation in Gun safes
Reply #13 - Sep 8th, 2012 at 8:18am
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I made one for JET a while back from self regulating heat trace tape. It's rated per meter so you cut it to the langth you need and if it's too much just shorten it. Only gets to about 40-50 deg c and will last forever. It's used for freeze protection, wraping pipes, heaters around freezer room doors etc. It also comes with a earth screen for added mechanical protection. One end is sealed with heat shrink, the other is terminated to a lead and 3 pin plug. Wolah.
  

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