Before even getting started with a fireproof closet, there’s one thing that needs clarification.
Why on earth would you even need a fireproof closet?
It does seem like a valid question, right?
As a matter of fact, it is. From our point of view, we can see a couple of reasons as to why someone would need to know how to build a fireproof closet.
Let’s take a look at some shoutouts in order to get a good answer to the question above:
“I returned home last night just to find my neighbor's room reduced to ashes.
I was more shocked than sorry. Because I live in a rented apartment with a gun locker.
And the chances of the fire spreading to my apartment (despite the possibilities being low) and reaching the ammo closet was there.
How can I fireproof my closet and be carefree?”
There’s another shutout at a forum, which wasn’t really as alarming as the first one-
“How can we make closets that can resist fire?”
So, the things that pop out behind building a fireproof closet are safety and reliability.
That’s what we will be trying to address here today. We will discuss how you can make something fireproof, as we move on to the process of building your fireproof closet.
Let’s get started.
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Fireproofing Wood: The first and most obvious remedy
Closets are oftentimes made of wood, which is the most common way of showing your style and putting your stuff away.
And if you want to fireproof closet, then you may want to put some emphasis on making the wood fireproof.
Among popular methods, there is a process of simple steps that work most of the time: First of all, you will need to get your hands on the following:
- Zinc chloride (half a cup)
- Ferric chloride (A quarter cup)
- Boric acid (2-3 tablespoons)
- Ammonium phosphate (2-3 tablespoons)
These items are not very hard to get hold of. You could probably get your hands on these items at your local garden supply store.
- Now take 2 to 3 quarters of water and mix all the items together keeping the given volumes in check.
- The final step is to get a spray painter and spray the solution onto the wood.
- Depending on the surface area you can scale the amount of solution.
- 2-3 coats should be more than enough for any wooden surface.
- It will take 4-5 hours for the coating to dry out completely. But it can take longer depending on your weather conditions.
These are the steps that can make your closet fireproof, provided that it’s made of wood.
Now, we will move on to popular methods of fireproofing your closet.
Popular methods of fireproofing your closet: Methods that are overlooked!
The following methods we will be sharing with you have been tested by expert diy users.
Although they are not established or anything, they are pretty solid when it comes to closet fire safety. And we certainly believe that’s what matters the most.
Our first method is very straightforward:
Method 1: The Easy Way
This method consists of a series of steps that will allow your belongings to survive inside a closet.
Step zero: Choosing a closet space with a rock ceiling
This is the very first thing you should do to make sure that the fire doesn’t harm any important materials from the top.
Step one: Using sheetrock for insulation
Sheetrock is a flexible layer of heavy paper that’s been filled with gypsum inside. Sheetrock isn’t prone to fires, as it can sustain temperatures of up to 176-degree Fahrenheit.
Use sheetrock as fire insulation. You could go with the 2-layer formation where you place 2-layers of sheetrock outside and 2 on the inside.
But the basic rule is to put 3-layers outside and one layer inside the closet. This will ensure proper insulation.
Step two: Use taping as a sealant
You can use fireproof sealant and tape to further increase the overall safety.
Step 3: Don’t use connected wooden racks
This is a penetration proofing method where the fire will not get any spacing to get inside.
But you could go with self-standing racks if you need them.
Step 4: Fire Rated door
A ‘1-hour fire-rated’ door has the ability to hold fire at bay for an hour.
So, in order to safeguard your equipment, we would recommend you get a door that can keep the fire at bay for at least two hours. And that implies that the door should have a ‘2-hour’ fire rating.
If the door is metal, then that would certainly be an added advantage.
Fireproofing the Ammo Closet: A few suggestions
Your ammo closets the need for the best available protection there is. For this reason, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.
Use cement boards
For starters, you may want to use cement boards for top-notch protection. Although going with such solutions isn’t easy by any means, the level of protection you will get is probably ten folds more than the average solution.
Using proper sealing
This is a very important safety measure when it comes to ammo protection.
The seal should be impenetrable to the point where literally no smoke can penetrate it. You could go ahead and cement the empty joints to prevent smoke from getting in.
Use fire protection systems
Modern fire protection systems like indoor smoke and sprinkler assemblies are very reliable.
Despite being a hefty investment, we would certainly advise you to go ahead and install such a system to protect the ammo locker and the house. It’s a solid safety measure that will leave little to no room for accidents.
The steps we showed you on how to build a fireproof closet aren’t that easy to follow.
And they can be handled if the measures are proper. If you can follow our directions to the letter and add some more tweaking using your wits, it’s going to be satisfactory from your standpoint. Also, fire safety will be on point.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
See you later.
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