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Old 06-29-2011, 03:47 PM
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Reloading room temps'.

Here in New Mexico it's finally starting to get pretty warm. I don't have A/C in my reloading room so it gets pretty warm, (80-84+ degrees) during the daytime. What is you opinion on how warm/hot it would have to get too have an affect on my powder? My powder is currently in a tupperware kind of cabinet so it isn't out in the open.
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Re: Reloading room temps'.

NewMexKid,

get yourself a refrigerator. They make the ideal storage cabinet for powders and you should be able to find a dead one somewhere for little or no cost, other than the time and energy to haul it away. Dosen't need to work, no need to plug it in. What you're after here is all that insulation; it'll keep the powder inside relatively cool and at a fairly stable temp.

Extreme cold is bad for powder. Extreme heat is far worse. The temperature swings between the two are a real problem and will hasten powder breakdown and deterioration. And old refrigerator or freezer chest will go a long ways towards resolving this for you.
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Re: Reloading room temps'.

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NewMexKid,

get yourself a refrigerator. They make the ideal storage cabinet for powders and you should be able to find a dead one somewhere for little or no cost, other than the time and energy to haul it away. Dosen't need to work, no need to plug it in. What you're after here is all that insulation; it'll keep the powder inside relatively cool and at a fairly stable temp.

Extreme cold is bad for powder. Extreme heat is far worse. The temperature swings between the two are a real problem and will hasten powder breakdown and deterioration. And old refrigerator or freezer chest will go a long ways towards resolving this for you.
Very good advice !!!

The other option would be to get a small Window AC (Under $200.00) and cool it off and dehumidify
At the same time.

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Re: Reloading room temps'.

I have a window ac in my reloading room so in the summer its about 65* in the winter when its cold out the wife has the temp cranked up to anywhere from 70-75* I believe that is a pretty stable condition for storage. And I ALWAYS rotate my powders being sure to use the oldest stuff up first.
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Re: Reloading room temps'.

I have kept powder in Arizona wher my room temp can reach 85 degrees for most of the summer days with no issue. It's not in direct sun and of course and I rotate oldest batches first, I dont think you are going to have issues what so ever.
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