My old heater got so hot it was scary. I threw it away and need another one. What is the best one you have found. I'm not sure what my old one was that came with Liberty safe, but would like your recommendations and where to buy. Thanks Ken
You want a heating rod that is fairly hot, particularly if you have a large safe. The rod shouldn't be hot enough to burn you if you touch it, but it should be hot enough that it's rather uncomfortable to grab it and hold onto it. You may have thrown away a good heating rod.
Boat owners have used a light bulb for many, many years to avoid mildew and moisture in docked crafts and it need not be particularly big or of great wattage to handle the air in a safe. ....breakemall.....Bob Dodd
Easy street, Yes I may have thrown away a good rod but it was 10 years old and seemed too warm for me to chance a fire even though it was secured and clear under the bottom shelf. With my luck, I'll feel a lot easier with a new one. Thanks for the ideas guys. Ken
The problem with light bulbs is their short life. Unless you open your safe and inspect the bulb every couple of days, it could burn out and you wouln't know it. It might only take a few days for your guns to start rusting under the right (i.e. WRONG) conditions.
The Golden Rod (and similar devices) last a long, long time.
I used a 40 watt energy saver bulb installed in a swivel type out door light socket that snapped into the clips that held the old golden rod heater. It puts out a small amount of heat but enough for an indoor application. Also put a alum roasting pan below the bulb just in case. Works great for $8!! Thanks for the suggestion. Ken