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This past week I bought a Stack-On Elite GSX-824 gun safe from Sportsman's. They are closing them out and so I picked it up for $499. I also had a couple a hundred bucks in gift cards so that helped. The safe is great except for one problem. The smell. It has a horrible chemical / glue / solvent smell inside. I can't leave it open very long or I get headaches. My wife isn't too happy with my purchase because it takes up room in my office and this really adds to the misery.

I opened the room window, sealed off my office door and opened the safe all night to air it out. I don't think it's much better this morning. I really don't want to have to drag that 500 lb steel box back up my basement stairs to take it back. Has anyone else had a problem like this?
 

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Don't have that problem - my safe is probably older than any of our board members! Might I suggest calling Stack-on and discussing the odor with a rep? It's likely that they've dealt with this issue before and may have a solution.
 

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I am not familiar that that exact safe, but is it lined with fabric/carpet? If that is holding the odor I would try some Febreeze or something similar. If the inside is just steel, maybe cleaning it out with a heavy-duty cleaner or Clorox solution may help.

Or just buy a case of Little Tree air freshners :lolbang:
 

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Or just buy a case of Little Tree air freshners :lolbang:
:ROFL:

I agree that if it is lined with carpet then that is what is holding the odor. It may also be that they glued something and the glue has not completely cured. Leave it open for a while and I bet it will go away.

I had a problem like this in a car once. I pulled it out of storage to discover mice had built a nest under the back seat. After cleaning out the back seat the smell still lingered. A friend of mine suggested a urinal block. I threw one under the seat and of course the car smelled like a urinal block. After a couple weeks I took out the block and the mouse and smell from the block went away.
 

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A urinal block in your back seat. WOW. Who would have thought to do that. That smell just plain makes me feel dirty....I couldn't imagine having that smell in your car for a few weeks. LOL.
 

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Put a handful of desiccant packets in there. They might help the glue and stuff dry quicker - plus it's a good idea to have them in there with your stuff anyway.
 

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Put a handful of desiccant packets in there. They might help the glue and stuff dry quicker - plus it's a good idea to have them in there with your stuff anyway.
I agree with that. Anything that you can put in there that is dry will help. You could try cat litter (absorbs smells), sawdust (in a bucket or tray), baking soda, or even coffee beans. I would go with the cat litter spread out on some plates to maximize your odor absorbing capacity.

Let us know if any of these things work.
 

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I have to say that the people at Stack-On are great! I emailed them with my problem and they explained that it is an adhesive. They answered me promptly. They have since changed the adhesive but mine is probably one of the older models even though it was new. Be their request I am to put 2 boxes of baking soda like the ones you put in your refrigerator in it for a week without opening the door. If that doesn't work they are going to give me a new one complete with a delivery and pick up service. You don't find that kind of service much anymore from a company backing up their products. I'll keep you posted.

I'm heading up to the Madison River tomorrow to put the hurt on the spawning rainbows. I'll leave the baking soda in the safe while I'm gone.

Later.
 

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I'm heading up to the Madison River tomorrow to put the hurt on the spawning rainbows.
Now you're talking my neck of the woods. It is about 25 miles to the Madison from here, or 20 miles the other direction to the Gallatin and Jefferson. Three Forks, where they all join to become the Missouri, is 30 miles. I would invite myself to join you, but I have drill this weekend in Helena.

Happy fishing. :D
 
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