The Importance Of Fireproofing:
Some consumers are under the mistaken impression that all steel gun safes are fireproof. Steel construction can delay fire and heat damage, but does not accord absolute fire protection in and of itself. You must buy a safe that has additional fireproofing lining its interior to fully protect your contents. Without a fireproof lining, the contents of any steel box will be damaged or destroyed as the box becomes hotter.
The flashpoint of paper is 662 degrees and gun metal can warp when it is heated above 1500 degrees. Since the average temperature of a sustained house fire exceeds both limits, you can easily understand the importance of having a fireproof lining to protect the contents of your safe.
What are the Types Of Fireproof Linings?
Next we will dive in deep to the different types of fireproof linings that you will typically see in most safe makes and models. There are several different methods that this can happen, and most people aren’t aware of all their options.
Sheet Rock Lining:
There are two main types of fireproofing material used in the industry: sheetrock and ceramic wool. Sheetrock is often considered the less efficient of the two because it has a tendency to disintegrate when it is heated to an extreme. Many manufacturers who opt to use sheetrock use a material that has fiberglass embedded in it to minimize disintegration, but the problem can not be totally eliminated. The crumpling can cause gaps in heat protection, allowing damage to occur when extreme heat is applied or sustained.
Ceramic wool offers the most consistent fire protection. Ceramic wool offers fire and heat protection up to 2300 degrees. This material is used to line melt furnaces in foundries and is very sturdy. Since the average house fire never reaches 2300 and the heat is not sustained for as long as it would be in a melt furnace, you can understand the protection your contents will be afforded by ceramic wool.
One last consideration to keep in mind with fireproofing is that you need to be sure the entire safe is protected. Some manufacturers try to keep costs down by only protecting the top or bottom of their products. In order to fully protect your contents, you must have a safe that is fireproofed from every angle. Any one of these options will get the job done, but it’s best to do your research and find what you feel is best for your circumstances.