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badbriar
11-13-2014, 07:05 PM
After using the dreaded kat litter for over a year in the 20 bottle wineador, I've decided to make the move to beads. Not that the litter didn't work, just looking to upgrade after hearing good things about humidification beads.
Could you all help a brother out and tell which kind of beads you prefer and why. I know there are a few different kinds out there and honestly, I'm a bit confused as to which to go with. With the kat litter, I just had to push the damn cat out of the box and fill up the Wineador bins! :D. Think I'm gonna miss those 'clumps' though! :r
Oh yeah - the interior of the wineador is 12 x 13.5 x 18 and it looks like I only need 8oz of beads, if I got the instructions correct.

Porch Dweller
11-13-2014, 07:27 PM
I use Heartfelt. I chose them because they were the first one's I ever heard about. :D They work fine for me (except for the time I sprayed a tube of them with bleach water instead of distilled water. Lesson learned: keep the bleach water spray bottle in a different cabinet from the distilled water. ;) ) so I stick with them.

big_jaygee
11-13-2014, 08:08 PM
HCM Beads. Why do I use them? Because I wanted to support a fellow BOTL, a member of this board, and because I heard from many people that they did the job well.

Subvet642
11-13-2014, 10:55 PM
I use Heartfelt, too. They just seem less fussy because they are factory set and the preset rh won't change. In that respect they are less flexible. Also, use about twice the recommend amount of beads in your humi so that rh will rebound faster after you open it.

pnoon
11-14-2014, 12:28 AM
HCM Beads. Why do I use them? Because I wanted to support a fellow BOTL, a member of this board, and because I heard from many people that they did the job well.

No better reason than this.
Both work well.

stearns
11-14-2014, 07:18 AM
Also, use about twice the recommend amount of beads in your humi so that rh will rebound faster after you open it.

Best advice out there in my opinion. I think I use 4x more than necessary, I stopped counting with the calculation stuff, but it is not an "oh shoot, I have too many in there, better take some out" type of thing :tu

Bubbleheaddiver
11-14-2014, 07:18 AM
best beads!

G G
11-14-2014, 07:20 AM
I used heartfelt at first and then when I bought a vinotemp I bought HCM from Shilala to try them and have never saw the need for anything else. I don't have to recharge them very often at all.

kelmac07
11-14-2014, 07:23 AM
I, too, prefer the HCM (Shilala) beads. Main reason is that they are darn near zero maintenance, put 'em in and they do their job. No refilling distilled water every now and again. If you have specific questions about these, PM Michael (CigarNut), as he sells them. Have been using these for almost five years and they keep my vinos rock steady at 65%H. :2

And as Jason stated, they support a fellow BOTL as well. Win win for everyone!!

stearns
11-14-2014, 07:25 AM
Forgot to add, congrats for leaving the litter, wish everybody had your strength :r

Bubbleheaddiver
11-14-2014, 07:34 AM
poop in the litter

czerbe
11-14-2014, 08:24 AM
I use Heartfelt and never had an issue, I have to re-charge once a month... maybe... takes a total of 2 mins.... I know it seems like a real Pain in the Butt! LOL

Bubbleheaddiver
11-14-2014, 08:26 AM
heartfelt beads are the best, i put mine in an old cigar box, drilled holes in the lid and poof amazing

pektel
11-14-2014, 08:34 AM
HCM here. Plus a pound of some beads Scott made awhile back. They're about the size of a pencil eraser.

I have no idea what the RH of my wineador is. I stopped using a hygrometer a long time ago. I just let the beads do their thing, and I always like how the cigars smoke. If they start to not smoke well, I'll check it then.

Bubbleheaddiver
11-14-2014, 08:42 AM
i use coolers and they work perfect

equetefue
11-14-2014, 09:12 AM
Rob.... I know what the problem is... You ain't smoking them fast enough! If you would, you wouldn't have to worry beads :sl

WhiteMamba
11-14-2014, 09:25 AM
some beads are up on the troop auction. don't take them all I want at least one pack :tu

Bubbleheaddiver
11-14-2014, 10:33 AM
i used beads and gels packs

tsolomon
11-14-2014, 11:07 AM
Based on having both Heartfelt and HCM beads, the HCM beads require less maintenance. :2

bonjing
11-14-2014, 11:08 AM
some beads are up on the troop auction. don't take them all I want at least one pack :tu

:tu

Bubbleheaddiver
11-14-2014, 11:18 AM
both are good, comes down to opinion

badbriar
11-14-2014, 12:01 PM
Forgot to add, congrats for leaving the litter, wish everybody had your strength :r

Tough decision...like I said, I'm gonna miss those little clumps in the litter!
:r :r :r

AdamJoshua
11-14-2014, 02:28 PM
It's hard to beat the tootsie rolls and little blue flavor crystals!

Sweet_Leaf_PDX
11-14-2014, 03:35 PM
For the same reasons mentioned by Big_Jaygee and Kelmac07 I use HCM Beads and have been very happy with them. I don't foresee myself using anything else for humidification unless I build a walk-in humidor one day :)

badbriar
11-14-2014, 08:44 PM
Trigger pulled and beads ordered. Looking forward to trying this out. Like the idea of having beads pre- set at 65%. :tu

RWhisenand
11-14-2014, 10:54 PM
Where did you order from Rob? I'm getting a coolerdore together and want to try the HCM beads for the cooler. TIA.

shilala
11-15-2014, 07:55 AM
I use a brick in a tin pan of water and pg solution. Works fine.
I have no idea why you guys buy this stuff.

icehog3
11-15-2014, 08:59 AM
iI use a brick in a tin pan of water and pig solution. Works fine.
I have no idea why you guys buy this stuff.

You son of a ........



:D

badbriar
11-15-2014, 11:54 AM
I use a brick in a tin pan of water and pg solution. Works fine.
I have no idea why you guys buy this stuff.
:hy