From the description, you place it at the bottom of the safe and it warms to 150 degrees. As the warm air rises, it creates a circulation of air within the safe thus drying out the air, at least that's what the manufacturer claims.
The rods simply heat the air around them and lower the humidity. A 25 watt light bulb or a simple plug in bathroom night light will do about the same thing. If you live in a high humidity area (I did in Florida for 15 years) a 25 - 40 watt light will keep the air warm and dry. An old friend of mine suggested moth balls in the safe as well...They work great keeping off surface rust in tool boxes and safes ... I just am not thrilled with the odor of moth balls. My mother was from England and she stored EVERYTHING in moth balls! Hence, the smell is not one of my favorites...
For you motorhome folks out there if you put a handful of mothballs in a small glass jar with a few holes in the lid,put it in the water heater compartment, it will keep spiders from nesting in your water heater! They like it when its not fired up and will muck up the heater with their webs.
Think about it!!!! IT will dry out the wood on your guns and it evaporates all the oils. Don't you dare put a watch or camera in it will ruin both over time. What part of COOL DRY place thats hard to understand. If you cannot keep your house cool and dry for some reason use a small light bulb (night lite size) or moisture packs. Besides who wants an electrical device in your safe that can short and cause fire.
I live on the Southern California coast where Golded Rods are commom and are used as dihumidfiers in all sorts of applicationsm particularly on boats. I have 12" and 24' units in my twenty four gun Cannon safe since 1988 and 24" (15 watt) in my twelve gun safe with no problems.
Depending on safe size and weather, you like me, may require more than one unit to protect your guns in extreme condidtions.
I know of no light bulb that will last twenty two years. They're a great product and worth every penny.
ONE EYE Quotes:
"Think about it!!!! IT will dry out the wood on your guns and it evaporates all the oils"
"use a small light bulb (night lite size) "
"Besides who wants an electrical device in your safe that can short and cause fire."
Are all these warnings spoken from experience with this product??
How is this said light bulb(night lite size)gonna be powered?? HuH??
How often do you see oil dry out? I've seen oil run off and out of a gun, but a gun with routine maintenance should never have oil dry up. We are not talking about 2500 degree heated air out of this thing.---Matt
Been in my safe for maybe 17 years without issues. I supplement the goldenrod, now that I'm in wet Oregon, with a moisture collector called "Dri-Z-Air". This plastic tub holds material in a container above the tub and collects an amazing amount of water from the air over weeks in the safe. They can be found in hardware and home stuff stores and plenty cheap to maintain. Ask for it by name......breakemall.....Bob Dodd
I use a Goldenrod in my safe. They work. The temperature and humidity in my safe run 70 degrees and 35%. Never had rust ever. Outside the temperature is 70 degrees and the humidity is closer to 50%. The only difference inside to outside is the lack of excessive moisture inside the safe. Paul in Nebraska.
I am not sure but if a light bulb is turned on and not turned off it may last for twenty years? Light bulbs on fail when turned on right? If the filiment is not tampered with it may be ok? Just a thought.
In the winter I leave a lit 60 watt bulb in a small room (5x10) that houses the water heater and pressure holding tank up in the mountains. I was told this will keep the water from freezing, I doubt it. It rarely lasts more than two seasons.
You might want to take a look at a dehumidifier called EVA-DRY. It's what I used and works great. You don't have to drill a hole in your safe, which ruins the fire rating when you do.You simply place it in the safe when it becomes loaded with moister it turns a different color and you pug it in to an electrical socket to dry it out.Just another option.