Sturdy Gun Safe Fire Liner Information
- Made up the rating, and never had it tested.
- Took their safe to a facility that was not UL, and request them to eliminate testing with cool down time and point of no return (which UL will not do) in order to make the safe test well.
- To make your search for a UL Fire Rated RSC (residential security safe) easier, know there is not one that currently exists on the market.
- Having a UL RSC rating does not mean the safe is also UL Fire Rated.
- Having a UL Fire Rating on the fire insulator being used, does not mean the safe itself is UL Fire Rated. If this was the case, we would say our safe was UL Fire Rated for 2300 degrees indefinitely, and steel melts before then.
- If a realistic fire rating is important to you, it's best you find a UL Fire rated safe (they tend to be a lot smaller in size and quite a bit of money).
Sturdy Fire Safes use UL tested intumescent fire calking, that is then covered by a custom fit boiler gasket. This boiler gasket is designed for high temp ovens and kilns. The LCI Firestop Sealant is designed to prevent the spread of fire, smoke, toxic fumes, and moisture for up to 3 hours and expanding to eight times it's normal capacity. It's doubled the size of average fire gaskets for 2x the coverage and protection. A custom fit fire gasket is important for a fireproof safe because clearance between the door and the door seat of any safe body on the market cannot be made to fit exactly the same every time, and you need to keep the smoke out immediately. Basically, a one sized gasket cannot fit all safes perfectly, without needing to be heated up first to fill the gaps. Little information is available online about Palusol, but here is some information direct from Palusol's website, and here is some more information an independent did on how it performs in garages.
WHY IT'S OPTIONAL:
Pictures Of A Non Fire Lined Sturdy Safe In A Partial Burn Down
Fire resistant insulation is not for everyone, and the benefit is, you wont need to pay for it, and it's far better to get our safe non insulated, than a thinner steeled safe, lined with sheetrock, that wont help you much in the way of fire or security. At least you would be gaining the security with our thick steel. If your insurance covers everything inside the safe anyways, and you would be happy to get replacement items, then you may not want the fire liner option. Other reasons include; if you are located within a five mile radius of the fire department, and have a quick response time, if the safe will be placed in a low burn zone area, such as an encased brick area, and if you have a sprinkler system over the safe. Our customers with smaller objects that need fire protection, but do not want to pay the costly fee of our insulator, we recommend them getting a UL rated fire box to stick inside the safe, or making their own ceramic lined fire box. The box will perform better than stated because the safe will be protecting it from the radiant heat. The pictures above show we have actually had one of our non fire lined safes successfully go through an accidental, partial burn down (the safe was in the worst part of the fire) with a response time of 13 minutes. It still wouldn't perform as good as our insulated safe, but it goes to show you, the thick steel, and size (the larger, the better it will perform), does offer slight fire resistance. >> Read More About This Safe
HOW WE TESTED OUR FIRE SAFES:
Some safe companies test their fire proof safes in controlled testing furnaces, which perform like oversized house ovens, yet get a lot hotter than your normal oven. These safe companies eliminate 2 important factors when testing their Sheetrock lined safes to get those ratings: 1st. Point Of No Return, and 2nd. Cool Down Time... >> Read More
WHY MOST FIRE SAFE INSULATORS DON'T WORK GOOD ENOUGH:
Sheetrock / Fire Board
Regardless of their fire ratings, they will not perform as claimed. To understand how fire testing facilities get those ratings (assuming they didn't make up a rating) you must understand how the fire safe test is done. UL doesn't even bother FIRE testing safes lined with fire board. >> Read More
2300 Degree Ceramic
Even though this material is the best fire insulator, the problem lies in the manufacturer not giving you enough of it. Some do as little as line the top of the safe only, due to it's high costs. >> Read More
Cement and "Light Cement" Liners
UL actually gives decent fire and security ratings to safes lined with real cement (like in certain high security rated safes, or small fire safes). The problem with real cement liners is the cost of the safe itself, as well as, the issues due to their extreme weights. Don't get real cement liners confused with light weight "cement" composite liners. >> Read More
STURDY GUN SAFE IN AN ACCIDENTAL BURN DOWN:
|Sturdy Safe customer named Stan had his house unexpectedly burn to the ground. He and his family are safe, but most of his house was lost. Stan and the firemen agreed the fire blazed for 1 hour and 20 minutes.|
|Our safe was one of the few things left standing. The dial and paint had melted off, as well as, sides being warped from the extreme heat.|
|Before the opening of our safe, the fire chief told Stan he has never seen a fireproof gun safe make it through total burn downs. However, he didn't understand that this was a commercial safe stuffed with ceramic and high temperature glass. It went through the fire with success, and after seeing the results, some of the firemen who reported to that blaze, bought Sturdy fire safes.|
|The safe was opened and inside were irreplaceable paper documents, cash, guns and ammo all in great condition! This was a two engine response fire, so all firemen involved were witnesses to the burn down. 6 people, including Stan were witnesses to the onsite opening of the safe.|