close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

can you make a safe fire rated??

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by *ASH*, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. *ASH*

    *ASH* FURBANITE

    Messages:
    5,038
    Likes Received:
    5,384
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2008
    Location:
    I REAP what YOU sow
    buddy of mine gave me a 10 gun small sentry safe . im pretty sure it has no fire rating. but can you make it one ? like buy fire panels or something ??

    this would be for alot of important papers , as all my guns are in a good safe.
     
  2. american lockpicker

    american lockpicker License to Il

    Messages:
    8,219
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Location:
    Wood County, West Virginia
    Not really but you can put a smaller firebox in it.
     

  3. trifecta

    trifecta

    Messages:
    1,958
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Location:
    DFW
    I think you are right. While there might be a way to improve the fire protection of the safe, without empirical data to prove it, it is only a guess. I would suggest a smaller fire resistent safe for your documents.
     
  4. blueiron

    blueiron

    Messages:
    11,150
    Likes Received:
    17
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2004
    The only way to be certain is to subject it to destructive testing.
     
  5. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

    Messages:
    2,397
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2009
    Location:
    SE WA
    [​IMG]

    Three or four sandbags deep, on every side.

    Cheap? Absolutely! Pretty or practical? Not in the least! Would it work? Sure.
     
  6. VC-Racing

    VC-Racing General Flunky

    Messages:
    2,894
    Likes Received:
    279
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2008
    Location:
    S.Fork of The Edisto River, SC
    Most fire rated safes are lined with gypsum or sheetrock , then there is a intumescent ( heat activated ) door seal.
    So technically, yes, you could convert a reg. safe to a fire rated safe. Will it hold up to a fire ? possibly.
    What are the survival rating of the contents? Unknown.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2010
  7. Psychman

    Psychman NRA Patriot Life Member

    Messages:
    7,386
    Likes Received:
    405
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Location:
    Long Beach California.
    Line the inside with sheet rock and put a fibre glass seal around the door. That will help. However, would I trust that kind of a set up with my guns? Heck NO. Spend the money and get a good quality safe. Add up how much it would cost you to replace your guns, precious gems, documents, pictures, gear, ammo etc. and then how much a good safe would cost. Take it from there.
     
  8. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

    Messages:
    62,735
    Likes Received:
    16,423
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1970
    Line the inside with FIRE-RATED drywall. The fit of the panels needs to be good and you'll need a door seal. Eric
     
  9. tampashooters

    tampashooters Shellback

    Messages:
    5,016
    Likes Received:
    519
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Duct tape....

    No, seriously, you may be better off buying one, than cobbing one.
     
  10. holyjohnson

    holyjohnson

    Messages:
    3,547
    Likes Received:
    4,432
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2006
    Location:
    suburban MN
    might be better off trying to make the area around the safe fire resistant line the inside of a closet with fire rated drywall and use a smaller fire safe inside the gun safe.
    every safe has a rating for how long it will stay in tact with so much heat.
    i have seen someone make a gun safe more fire resistant by construction adhering 2 layers of 5/8" fire rated drywall all around all sides and top and bottom and using 3 layers on the door using construction adhesive and taping the cuts,it was built into a wall so it did`nt matter how it looked.and no idea how well it would have worked.
     
  11. SLVR JDM

    SLVR JDM

    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    Wrap it in asbestos.