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galooticus

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05-16-2022 02:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: fire evacuation tools storage

I live in a high risk fire area, and I’m betting some others on here do too. Last summer we had one of the major fires only a few miles from the house. I scrambled to load up my hand tools and kept them packed in the car for several weeks until it was over. Might sound weird to want to save my tools, but I’ve got a bunch that have been in the family as many as 5 generations.

Now I’m trying to come up with some sort of tool storage solution where it’s easy to get the tools in/out to use them in normal times, but I can also throw into the back of my sedan car and get away quickly if needed. Has anyone worked out their own solution to this?

A hanging wall cabinet is out, as well as dutch/anarchist tool chests (too tall for my trunk). Top pick is actually an under-bench cabinet with drawers that is un-attached and slides out easily. Turns out the ideal height for that is close to my trunk height clearance (16”). Possibly two side-by-side units so it’s easy for a single person to load. I’ve got the plans for the Essential Tool Chest from Fine Woodworking / Pekovich; a pair of those seem like a good option too. Any other ideas?

-- Andy in CA


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Eric

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#1 posted 05-16-2022 02:24 AM

How about a style like an old Japanese tool box, you may need a few of them, but easy to take the lid off and should be easy enough you to carry and load.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#2 posted 05-16-2022 02:29 AM

Can build a fireproof box for them and keep it in the shop.

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 05-16-2022 12:57 PM

I keep all of mine in a Dutch style tool chest. Pretty heavy when full, but I can manage it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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wichman3

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#4 posted 05-16-2022 02:52 PM

I would take a hard look at the various pack out tool systems. A base with wheels and a handle and then various small boxes that stack and clamp to the base. You could also expand the system to store and pack household records and meds. Unstack and use in the house and shop, close and pack out if needed.
Just one sample of many:

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controlfreak

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#5 posted 05-16-2022 03:07 PM

Me, I would think you could possibly load up a fire vault almost as fast as a car trunk especially if you have a little advance warning. I don’t know if they are deep enough for saws but fire rated 4 drawer file cabinets can be found fairly cheap when an office closes or is moving. They are very heavy so often go cheap or free if you can get it out for them. You can even store infrequently used tools in it to speed the emergency loading up. Just remember not to open more than one drawer at a time so the cabinet won’t tip forward. A more expensive option would be a large gun safe, you could stack lots of boxes in there.

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JCamp

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#6 posted 05-16-2022 04:12 PM

Locally places sell store shelters that are made of solid concrete. Might be worth investing in one of them. Set it just off to the side your workshop and roll everything in there then leave.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 05-16-2022 06:51 PM

Gun safe will need to be a fire proof model. Many of them are steel boxes that cook the contents.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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controlfreak

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#8 posted 05-16-2022 07:07 PM



Gun safe will need to be a fire proof model. Many of them are steel boxes that cook the contents.

- TopamaxSurvivor


Right you are, if it isn’t fire rated it is an oven in a fire.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 05-16-2022 09:54 PM


Gun safe will need to be a fire proof model. Many of them are steel boxes that cook the contents.

- TopamaxSurvivor

Right you are, if it isn t fire rated it is an oven in a fire.

- controlfreak


One of the guys I know from target shooting lost everything in his safe in one of those big California fires ;(( he had something like 15 minutes to evacuate.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sylvain

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#10 posted 05-18-2022 01:57 PM

Boxes which can be used as a tool rack when mounted on a cleat:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/297938
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLDDOjHwkvw
additional info:
https://woodgears.ca/tool_holders/toolchest.html
https://imgur.com/a/NT4st

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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controlfreak

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#11 posted 05-18-2022 03:10 PM

I am not 100% sure some fire rated safes, boxes or vault can withstand wildfires where its a complete burn with no fire department response. Be sure to check how its fire resistance is rated. Jewelry store safes are giving a TTL rating. It is the amount of time it takes to pernitrate with all the Tools and Torches available.

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JCamp

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#12 posted 05-18-2022 06:35 PM

If you have a root cellar or can make one that would also be a decent option and multi purpose.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Sylvain

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#13 posted 05-19-2022 06:54 AM

A root cellar was also something I thought about.
I would do it with a corridor to have some distance between the door and the cellar space itself.
It might be interesting yo have sand bags ready to pile in front of the door in case of fire.
It should be above ground not to be flooded by the firefighting.

anyway, one still needs easy-to-move boxes.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#14 posted 05-20-2022 01:30 AM

When you look at the reality in how much time you may have. Someone mentioned they only had a 15 minute warning.
Think you will have the time to load your car. Then a sustainer style boxes I think would be best. Plus they give you easy access to use the tools.
Someone already posted the Harbor Freight version. So Many to choose from. And I think you could grab it, or them and load them in a car pretty quick. https://www.stanleytools.com/product/stst60500/modular-rolling-tool-box?tid=575861

Under bench tool box would sure look nice, But how practical is it when you have to bug out right now.

-- John

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