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Welding Rod Storage

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by 2COR517, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Just curious where you guys store your rods. I'm an occasional / part time welder. I use 6011 and 6013 mostly. I only buy them 5 pounds at a time, but I've lost a few rods over the year.

    I have been told to keep them in the fridge.....
  2. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    you can use a old microwave too. i just keep mine in the plastic tubes but i use them up ever few months so the dont sit much.
    you could switch to a mig and not have to worry :jester:
  3. Nasty-Z

    Nasty-Z Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I keep them in the fridge , have for years , although I really don't do much with the stick welder anymore .

    I have a plethora of rods on the top shelf in the garage fridge , they are always good when I need 'em though so it must be good .

  4. Evanbrendel

    Evanbrendel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    in a fridge with the light on.
  5. Nasty-Z

    Nasty-Z Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Dosen't the light go out when you shut the door .........Or does it ??


  6. Evanbrendel

    Evanbrendel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    thats why you gota open it real fast to find out!
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Hey, are you guys cracking jokes on my thread here? It's not like I ever do tha.........

    Ah, never mind. Have fun.

  8. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    My low hydrogen rods, 7018, 10018,... stay in my rod oven, otherwise all the others 6010,6013,6011,7014,7024..... get left on the shelf. The best thing to do is keep them in an oven, but that is expensive, just try to find the dryest place possible to keep them, maybe a closet in the house???

    BTW, you are no better off with mig wire, if your mig wire gets wet, it will rust and then it is no good anymore unless you like welding with rusty wire, best thing to do is keep everything dry!
  9. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    they make plastic containers with rubber ringed lids just for this. I keep two of these in my truck. one has 6010, one has 7018. they stay dry and protected which is good since they are bouncing around in the toolbox. I get them from the local weld shop for less than 10.00 each.
  10. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    the container sounds like it should work. But couldn't you make your own oven. It doesn't need to be hot just dry. A light bulb in a box should be enough to keep then dry.
  11. RSR_NH

    RSR_NH Member
    Messages: 33

    You said the word.

    Low hydrogen rods need to stay dry (as mentioned above)... hang a light bulb in an airtight space (we use an old fashion fridge) and viola, homemade rod oven.

    I'm a welder by trade and this has never failed to keep them dry.