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    Reviving desiccant packs

    I've been collecting silica gel packs lately to use with ammo storage, and I'm looking for the best way to 'recharge' the packs - i.e., remove any moisture they may have picked up over time before using them again. I've read all sorts of ideas on the Interwebz, ranging from a short nuke in a microwave to putting them in the oven for a while. I figure I might as well ask the pros - what have y'all tried?
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    I was taught 250 f in an oven for 4 or more hours, then store in airtight container until needed. I do not think a microwave would be the best choice as it heats from the inside out.. I would be worried it would affect the packages.

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    +1 on the oven. Put on a rack, in a preheated oven at 170 for one hour. Allow to cool to touch (in the oven) then put in a ziploc bag. You'll be GTG,.
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    The instructions on my bag of rem dry say to put it in the oven or microwave.

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    I have a canister that recommends oven drying.
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    I've been collecting these as well, just been throwing them in a ziplock bag for now.

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    Thanks y'all - figured the oven was going to be the way to go, just a question of how hot and how long. I guess if the heat's not that high you can leave them in there pretty much as long as you want.

    Vaquero - I'll send some your way around August or so you can dry 'em on the driveway.
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    Reviving desiccant packs

    I do the same thing. I save every one I come across.

    I used to use the oven to dry them out. Now I just use my dehydrator and immediately zip them up in a freezer ziplock bag.
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