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    I store mine in the original containers and stacked on shelves in my loading room. The room is climate controlled and seldom sees any natural light. The same with primers.

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    I keep mine in old coolers. Maybe I will build some wooden boxes though. It will give an excuse to use the wood working tools.
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    An old college size refrigerator can make a good storage cabinent as the doors don't latch tightly and will open to release pressure. they also maintain temps pretty well being insulated. Desicant packs or a simple electric rod can be installed to help control humidity also. Had one set up for welding rods with a 10 watt light bulb burning in it, worked great and rods stayed dry for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman View Post
    I store mine in the original containers and stacked on shelves in my loading room. The room is climate controlled and seldom sees any natural light. The same with primers.
    This deserves repeating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman View Post
    I store mine in the original containers and stacked on shelves in my loading room. The room is climate controlled and seldom sees any natural light. The same with primers.
    Exactly how I have done mine since 1979-1980 .. never had any powder go bad ..
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    I purchased a tool cabinet from Lowes and covered it with Kao wool blanket, which is boiler insulation left over from 40 years working, then built OSB box over that and inserted heat rod 15 watt inside stays warm and dry, door opens easily and if barn burns down hopefully powder wont
    Have about 49.50# in there. About the same as an old upright freezer large.

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    Cool and Dry is the answer.
    Heat and moisture are not friendly to powder and primers....dale

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    Quote Originally Posted by country gent View Post
    An old college size refrigerator can make a good storage cabinent as the doors don't latch tightly and will open to release pressure. they also maintain temps pretty well being insulated.
    That's how mine is stored, powder on the shelves, primers in the door. Only problem is it's getting crowded in there.
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    With well over 100 lbs of powder and over 150k primers, storing them in the house is not a smart option. I have a large outbuilding and half of it is insulated and heated (held to 50* in the winter) where my shop is. Powder and primers are kept on shelves.
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    +1 on the dead fridge. Hey, I'm recycling!

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    Most refrigerators and freezers made since the 60s have magnetic door seals that don't mechanically latch. They are well insulated to maintain an even temp, and a desiccant can will keep them reasonably dry. Although not the SAMI listed construction, my fire chief agrees that it is possibly/probably even better.
    Although I haven't endured a fire, I feel totally confident in my powder and primer stored in one. I have powder that was stored that way since 62 that is as factory fresh as the day purchased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mold maker View Post
    Most refrigerators and freezers made since the 60s have magnetic door seals that don't mechanically latch. They are well insulated to maintain an even temp, and a desiccant can will keep them reasonably dry. Although not the SAMI listed construction, my fire chief agrees that it is possibly/probably even better.
    Although I haven't endured a fire, I feel totally confident in my powder and primer stored in one. I have powder that was stored that way since 62 that is as factory fresh as the day purchased.
    How do you keep powder that long? Mine keeps burning up in small quantities at a time ��. The only old powder I have is old guy getting out of reloading or dead guy powder I get.

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    I had an idea on powder storage; One could put a layer or two of Fire rated gypsum drywall outside the wood, that should slow down any external fire source. What do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Sheesh View Post
    I had an idea on powder storage; One could put a layer or two of Fire rated gypsum drywall outside the wood, that should slow down any external fire source. What do you guys think?
    I think you probably can't have too much fire-resistant insulation for your powder.
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    I think you probably can't have too much fire-resistant insulation for your powder.
    Amen to that! Fire is my ONLY concern as far as powder storage.
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    That and theft, but the family member who got at mine has passed on. It's hard to reload with stolen items tho, trust me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSnover View Post
    I think you probably can't have too much fire-resistant insulation for your powder.
    If it's stored in a block building w/ a concrete floor and the only combustible material is the bench top which sits 20' away fire is of no concern. Well the rafters are combustible but they're even further away since they're two stories up. Fire is of no concern to me. Everyone will have different requirements.

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    One more thumbs up on using a dead refrigerator. It's insulated, seals to keep moisture our, has convenient shelves, and the door will just fly open on it's own if it needs to vent.

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    I keep all my powder in a heavy styrafoam box with a lid the type that were used to ship frozen products so there is an insulating value to box. And I keep the box in a small storage room built into the garage. The insulted storage room is always cool and dark. I also store my primers there in a separate styrafoam box.
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