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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:31 PM   #11
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I presume you'd use new kitty litter to preserve dried food, and not ... you know ... used kitty litter.
Hmmm... its not even noon and I've already learned something new
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Old Jan 22, 2010, 1:21 PM   #12
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Old Jan 22, 2010, 2:11 PM   #13
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Time for bed?
Nap?...Nope not today...too much to do before I go on vac.

Its almost too much work. Arranging for a housesitter to look after the and pooch, and a person to take care of the horses.......making lists for them..#'s etc.

I think next time we'll just take separate holidays and save a little.....did you pack.... better bring.... you know...
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I prefer fresh kitty litter to used. Always.
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I've been saving a few of these. I got a couple of larger ones when i bought a bandsaw

Good thing too, because now I am told to watch for fungus growth on my equipment in Costa Rica.

So my question..does anyone know just how much moisture they can absorb before they need to be dried out?

And how big would they need to be to keep a camera dry?

The ones I got didn't come with instructions, except for the stamp all over it that say 'Do Not Eat'...
Silica Gel is often used in products and is found in most new cameras, electronics, medicine etc. It's easy to use, just place the packets in your bag/container and it will absorb excess moisture and keep your equipment dry. Just google Silica Gel and you will find several dealers, here is first one I found:

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Old Feb 27, 2010, 10:01 PM   #16
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Default Good deal maybe: 1GM x 50 PACKS ORANGE INDICATING WHITE SILICA GEL

Ebay listing: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ST-1GM-x-50-PACKS...item2eaa235ec7

Cost: 4.63 Cdn ($4.38 USD) including shipping. (there are other sizes and quantities also listed on Ebay.) Seems to be much less expensive then the previous urls.

"FRESH ORANGE INDICATING & WHITE SILICA GEL
These are silica gel are Cobalt Chloride FREE / Environment Friendly & Safe to use compared to the blue types which contains cobalt chloride. Orange & white are even used in food packaging

1 gm x 50 sachets
Sachets contains 50% Orange & 50% White silica gel

Keep moisture away, protected your Photographic Equipment

For your convenience all silica gel are packed in clear plastic for easy identification. The Indicating beads will turn from Orange/Yellow (OY) to Green when it absorbs about 60% moisture and can be reactivated by placing in a microwave oven on a safe sheet until it changes back to OY Color. Highly effective in enclosed containers."

I will buy some and if I don't die from some exotic disease after using these things I will post my evaluation of this product.

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Old Feb 28, 2010, 9:17 AM   #17
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This is what the seller of the above 1GM x 50 PACKS ORANGE INDICATING WHITE SILICA GEL wrote to me:

"The silica gels are seal tight in the plastic. To use it direct, just prick the plastic bag with a pin to activate the pack. You can also unseal the pack and pour the silica gel into a box to contain it

Do not place silica gel with the plastic bag into the microwave oven. To regenerate it, pour it onto a sheet of paper and place it on a safe sheet into the microwave oven. Placing it in a paper box to regenerate is also possible. Why I suggest on paper or paper box? When it is regenerating, the silica gel releases vapour. Paper will help absorb the water vapours."
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Where do you buy or order Silica packs from. I need several of them for some DVD storage units I am putting in basement. Thought I had a source and then realized it was a an item used for hearing aids to dry out hearing aid molds in a metal container than had some holes in it. Heat it up to activate it..... not what I was looking for.

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Adorama sells them, and billwright's link looks interesting: http://www.*********************/
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