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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking about purchasing a little cheapo $50 safe. We have have a few items, car and boat titles, just a little cash we keep at the house for emergency, etc. Currently this stuff is in a drawer. I realize their fireproofedness(think I made up that word) is limited so my thought was to put it in the bottom of the freezer. Will that destroy the lock? My other thought was to get a gunsafe and put it in there, however my old neighbors house burned and inside his gunsafe there were no survivors, just some ash and bent metal.
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Cheapo and safe do not go together.

The idea of placing it into the freezer quite likely won't work either since I have seen freezer melted down to a glob of whatever they were made of with the contents burnt to a crisp.

Even the best fire rated expensive safes are not always the best place to store papers. I forget what temperature that the fire ratings have to withstand but for some reason 1500 F sticks in my mind but then they only will withstand it for a certain amount of time as far as their ratings.

The best idea for papers is a bank lock box but then that cost money. I just have a firearm safe that I place mine into and don't worry about them.

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Well it depends on the safe where it is at they have a fire rating on how much heat it can with stand and for how long. If it is to hot it will fail no mater what. I have seen people put smaller safes in freezers with no problems.


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i have my important paperwork in a 18X18X18 firebox. it is 1/2 hour rated. that is on the floor of my gun safe which is also 1/2 hour rated.

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i have my important paperwork in a 18X18X18 firebox. it is 1/2 hour rated. that is on the floor of my gun safe which is also 1/2 hour rated.
I am in similar situation as @tjctransport.

I lived through a house fire in college. I leave nothing to burn if can be protected.

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Re: cheapo safe

Electronic locks on cheap safes don't like cold. If you do go with a small cheap safe you can add protection by adding layers of fire resistant sheetrock around it, inside or out. The only safe I've seen go through a fire was a Cannon from Tractor Supply. Most everything in it survived, minus a few composite stocks, which was impressive because it was in the fire for several hours. Cannon opened it after the fire, and replaced the safe free of charge. Note to self, if possible position your safe near an outside wall, so it is less likely to be buried by burning debris.

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i have family that had documents in a cheap $40 or $50 1/2hr rated document safe, and unfortunately they had a fire. And supper unfortunately, the safe melted into the documents and ruined them...
...not that I have a better settup lol, I have the same type of safe with my crap in it lol


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Just a bizarre thought here, but what about using a floor safe? If it was encased in the concrete slab, wouldn’t that provide additional protection?
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when you do get a safe go to the local fire dept tell them you have a safe an where it is.. what room an they will try to cool it off asap..
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Just a bizarre thought here, but what about using a floor safe? If it was encased in the concrete slab, wouldn’t that provide additional protection?
Simple. I like it. Wouldn't work great in a trailer like mine though

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