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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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