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Ammo storage near gas hot water heater

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Gratefulguy1234, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Gratefulguy1234

    Gratefulguy1234 Western Washington New Member

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    Just wanted to get some opinions on this question - Would you store ammo in the same room as your natural gas hot water heater? Room is 3.5' x 5' and it's a standard 50 gallon unit. I seem to think it's not the best idea, but I know others that are arguing otherwise.

    Thanks -
    Scott
     
  2. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    I would have no problems but if you would feel better I have a very large safe that would keep your ammo very safe for you. Haha
    Good luck and stay safe,
    Mike
     
  3. 19 Adam

    19 Adam rural Clackamas County, Oregon Active Member

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    IMHO, if you store your ammo in metal ammo cans that seal you should be OK. The experts say anytime you have a house fire and your ammo is in sealed metal containers there is always a higher risk of explosion. My fire fighter buddies say most of the time the ammo will just "cook off" a round at a time and not explode. There is no risk if you do not have a fire. Just keep the ammo safe from the possibility of increased humidity.

    If your water heater blows you will want to make sure your ammo is protected in water tight containers like metal ammo cans.

    Again, this is just IMHO and from talking to my fire fighting buddies (hose draggers).
     
  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a fire proof safe if you want to store it here! Actually I believe that gas water heaters are pretty safe these days, but how about this, call your gas provider and see how they feel about it. Good luck!

    Ditto on the ammo cans.
     
  5. Sheldon

    Sheldon California Member

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    That's a pretty tight space to have the ammo in with a heat source. I would not be worried about the fire danger as much the effects of the heat I would be subjecting the ammo to. Powder lasts a long time in a cool dry place. What are the temperature swings in that room with the cycling of the water heater??
     
  6. Gratefulguy1234

    Gratefulguy1234 Western Washington New Member

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    Thanks for the prompt response. I'd say it hovers around 65-70 degrees in the room because it has louvers that go into my garage for it to breathe.

    Scott
     
  7. Sheldon

    Sheldon California Member

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