Thread: Reviving desiccant packs
03-13-2013, 07:38 PM #1
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?If the 2nd Amendment was only intended to apply to 18th-century weapons, then the 1st Amendment only protects printing presses and quill pens.
03-13-2013, 07:39 PM #2
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03-13-2013, 07:52 PM #3
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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.
03-13-2013, 08:38 PM #4
+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,.It was what it was, back when it was good, and it ain't getting any better any time soon.
03-13-2013, 09:08 PM #5
The instructions on my bag of rem dry say to put it in the oven or microwave.
03-13-2013, 09:19 PM #6
03-13-2013, 10:06 PM #7
I've been collecting these as well, just been throwing them in a ziplock bag for now.
03-13-2013, 10:07 PM #8
I was thinking of going to one of the cheap shoe stores and picking up all of the ones that have fallen on the floor
03-13-2013, 10:10 PM #9
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.If the 2nd Amendment was only intended to apply to 18th-century weapons, then the 1st Amendment only protects printing presses and quill pens.
03-13-2013, 10:14 PM #10
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.Shiner is my beer,
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