Cat Litter as Dessicant?

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  1. UncleBuck

    UncleBuck XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Boy, I never would have thought of this. Had a collector tell me he stores bulk ammo by using kitty litter and cheap nylon hosiery.... Hmm?

    what say you?

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    instead of nylons you can use coffee filters and seal them up.
     
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    I guess if it contains silica gel, then it should be fine.
     
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    just don't let your kitty get into the gun safe.
     
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    A lot of guys at my club do the same.
     
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    Who'd a thunk it?

    So, seriously, what's the best type to use??
     
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    Tidy Cats - For Multiple Guns

    I like it - but does it suck up moisture from the air vs a direct shot from Priscilla the Pussy? Would hate to have to imbed my XD in a litter box.

    BTW - don't tell the people at WD-40 that it's a great liniment either, they will raise the price.
     
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    oldfart XDTalk 500 Member

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    This may answer your question. Does everything well except clump & not biodegradable.

    Types of Kitty Litter Ingredients

    Cost: Around $15 for 8 lbs.
    Brands: ExquisiCat Crystals; Tidy Cats Crystals
     
  9. Ctkelly

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    For anyone looking for a large container of desiccant for a fairly reasonable price check out DRIERITE - Number 1 in Drying Technology For Over 60 Years

    I use this in my gunsafe along with a heating rod and have had no moisture problems since.

    On the left side of the webpage is something titled Compartment Desiccator...its 10lbs of desiccant in an aluminum mesh tube for 25 dollars and when I ordered I think there was roughly 9 dollars to ship. They give you an indicator strip to place in the compartment with it so you know when to recharge it (cook it in the oven).

    As far as that goes you can buy just the actual desiccant also at a fairly reasonable price and do your own packaging too for smaller areas.
     
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    mhillsing23 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Tidy Cats Crystals - I pick mine up a MidWay or Cabela's. Oh wait...I mean Wal-Mart or Pets Mart.
     
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    Is the cat litter new or used? If used, it would seem to me it would leave a somewhat pissy or shiety smell to the ammo. HB of CJ :) :) :)

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    Have you been drinking? :)
     
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    I'd suggest that the kitty litter for storing bulk ammo serves as nothing more than a placebo. I use a Golden Rod in my gun safe, with no desiccants, with excellent results.
     
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    The military stopped using the more expensive refined silica gel in favor of much cheaper baked/crushed clay (kitty litter) desiccant for the long term storage of engines, transmissions and other mechanical assemblies probably about 20 yrs ago. (After extensive testing). Big parts were packed in sealed 3x4x6 ft steel containers with half a dozen 1 lb packs of clay. Usually used about twice the weight of clay as opposed to purified silica. Still use the more 'dust free' pure stuff for electronics and delicate parts.

    I would double bag (cloth or paper) the clean white clay type litters and don't use any with perfumes or scent absorbent additives as not sure of the possible reactions to the chemical compounds used. Regen by pre-heating oven to about 200deg, turn oven off (so heat coils don't scorch the packs), then add a few lbs (no more than 3) until oven cools to near room temp. grab the bags and pack with whatever dry goods you are storing and seal. Since you don't get a humidity color strip, just repeat drying every 6 months to year depending on the quality of your sealing capability.

     

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