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Firearms Storage: Heated or Unheated Space?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by lupinsea, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. lupinsea

    lupinsea Seattle Area Member

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    Since I started buying my own firearms back in 1997 or so I've always kept them stored in a conditioned space (inside the house) since I figure there is less moisture inside a home.

    But . . . we're always a little tight on space in our house. And the location I have the safe is a bit awkward. It works but I wouldn't mind having it in a better location.

    Is it ok to move the gun safe to the unheated garage? Or am I risking rust and corrosion out there? It's just a basic heavy gauge sheet metal safe. Nothing fancy or insulated.
  2. 4Freedom

    4Freedom Boise, Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I have a dehumidifier in my safe and have had them stored in unheated garages for years without any rusting.. I think a dehumidifier is the best option. They sell dehumidifiers that are specifically made for safes. You can probably just google "safe dehumidifier". Perhaps you can run a larger dehumidifier in your garage if moisture is a big problem. I heat my garage when I workout, as I have a weight room in my garage, but it doesn't seem to help with all the moisture that seeps in there.

    JSJPDX East Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I have my safe in an unheated shop building inside of a plywood cabinet that I built. There are electric dehumidifiers in both the safe and the cabinet. It's been there for a year or so and I haven't had any problems with moisture or rust yet.
  4. mattdomes

    mattdomes Newberg Active Member

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    Heated for sure, keep the condensation away! I have a network hard drive in my safe where we backup all the computers and it also keeps the safe nice and tosty :)
  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    First thing is to find out what the relative humidity is in the location your thinking of placing the gun safe.
    I bought two small LCD temp / humidity monitors on eBay for less then $5.00 each, and placed one in my unheated shop and the other inside the safe.
    My safe came with a Golden Rod heater and it keeps the interior at a steady 49% moisture and the internal temperature a couple of degrees higher then the outside. 45% to 50% is optimal for wood stocks.
    If you have wood stocked firearms, you don't want to dry out all of the moisture and have the wood shrinking and cracking.