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Old 09-18-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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Desiccators

Where is a good place to purchase desiccators to be used for the Winter Storage protocal? Thanks.

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Some of you (MNBoxster) will have a field day with this, but what in the world is a desiccator?
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Sounds like a device that sucks air outta your lungs rather than into your lungs.
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:59 PM   #4
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Some of you (MNBoxster) will have a field day with this, but what in the world is a desiccator?

Desiccators are use to remove moisture from the air during winter storage. This protects the leather and any potential mold/mildew build-up.

Ever see those little silica gel packets in high-end electrical components? That's a desiccator!
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Hi,

Desiccators are substances which absorb moisture in the air to prevent mildew and such. Typically, they use Sillica-Gel in a permeable bag.

In the Boxster, a few bags in each footwell and behind each seat is usually all that is needed. Try this company - http://www.veritemp.com/index.asp?cat=168887 Scroll down about halfway and you'll see 2 oz Silica Gel Tyvek Desiccants at a fairly good price. I would use about 10 of these scattered throughout the cockpit as described.

You can also reuse them by drying them in a microwave for about 4 min., then immediately seal them in a zip-lok bag to keep them dry until you need them again. Hope this helps...

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Ah yes, seen those in my advil medicine and in the shoe box of shoes i've gotten.
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Where is a good place to purchase desiccators to be used for the Winter Storage protocal? Thanks.
I've used Container Dri II for shipping product in cargo containers overseas. Obviously these are a bit big - but perhaps they have smaller retail type versions.

I did find this site online: http://www.drytheair.com/xcart/store/catalog/product_16137_DRIERITE_8oz_Desiccant_Bags.html

Most of these guys will help you figure out what you need and how much you need. I believe there are a few desiccants out there that are also rechargeable. In general you will need about 8oz of desiccant per 10 cubic feet.
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Can you put these directly on the carpeting etc.. without any risk of staining? or should they be placed on something.
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Can you put these directly on the carpeting etc.. without any risk of staining? or should they be placed on something.
You should be able to put them anywhere. Keep in mind that it's unlikely that these are going to actually get "wet" - they absorb moisture but they aren't paper towels.
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I've used Container Dri II for shipping product in cargo containers overseas. Obviously these are a bit big - but perhaps they have smaller retail type versions.

I did find this site online: http://www.drytheair.com/xcart/store/catalog/product_16137_DRIERITE_8oz_Desiccant_Bags.html

Most of these guys will help you figure out what you need and how much you need. I believe there are a few desiccants out there that are also rechargeable. In general you will need about 8oz of desiccant per 10 cubic feet.

Good link, thanks Denverpete!
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Can you put these directly on the carpeting etc.. without any risk of staining? or should they be placed on something.
Hi,

I've never had any problems w/ staining in using them for more than 10 seasons and 2 of my cars have light tan carpeting. But, if it concerns you, place them on a small piece of saran wrap...

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Any need to put them in the front or rear trunk??
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I think next year I will order this desiccator:

http://www.drytheair.com/xcart/store/catalog/category_248_NonElectric_Air_Dehumidifiers_page_1. html

I like the idea of refilling the Dri-Z-Air with the 13 ounces of new crystals each year (<$2.00).

I ordered the 8-ounce bags for this year (12 bags). But, I learned in the process only silica gel type bags are re-usable by the microwave drying methode mentioned by MNBoxster.

The bags I purchased are clay based, and not re-usable, since the bag material only allows moisture in, and not "out" by heating in the microwave. FYI.
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"The bags I purchased are clay based, and not re-usable..."

Darn, bmuss. I just ordered them couple of days ago. Live and learn. Thx for the new info.

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I just purchased mine from here:

http://www.alwaysbrilliant.com/aa/aspx-products/1-649/2-40736/3-1/bb/warehouses,_garages,_rvs_&_boats,for_industrial_size_applications.htm?

Free shipping on orders over $30.
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They taste good too!

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