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MagicDrop
08-05-2015, 10:42 PM
I have a small desk top glass top humidor with the gel crystals and it just doesn't do the job. I know glass tops leak but its summer time in NY and I can only get it to about 66% with a small cup of solution inside with it.
I am redoing much of my house and just bought a table top display humidor and 1/2 pound of heartfelt beads. My plan was to open the plastic thing you get with the humidor and dump some beads in peace on 3rd shelf. Put a good amount in a women's stocking and leave under bottom shelf. Take what little I have left over as a 1/2 pound is good for 5400 or so cubic inches and the humidor is 3500 or so and replace the gel I have in my small box.
Did I just throw money away on these beads?

NCRadioMan
08-05-2015, 11:20 PM
66% is perfect. The closer to 70 you get, you lose flavor, imo. I've always kept mine around 60-62%. Flavor "pops" more. Oh, and don't use the solution, it will just clog up your humidification media. The crystals are already treated with it anyway.

icehog3
08-06-2015, 12:46 AM
NCRadioMan (Greg) is wise.......

MagicDrop
08-06-2015, 05:42 AM
Thank you for the info. But are the beads a good product for my new humidor? I don't like the sponge ones because I have never been able to get those to regulate anywhere near 65-75. They are always low (50) or over the top high.

AdamJoshua
08-06-2015, 09:19 AM
When I started out I used to go with a higher humidity and found I was always relighting my cigars (yes I was doing it wrong), lower humidity seems to give me a better burn as well, I keep my cabinet set at 62.5

I'd also invest a couple bucks in some food safe silicon, get the orderless, then just seal the glass around the edges (inside) of the small humidor, that should help and you might just find someday you need the extra space. :adam


Thank you for the info. But are the beads a good product for my new humidor? I don't like the sponge ones because I have never been able to get those to regulate anywhere near 65-75. They are always low (50) or over the top high.

Yes beads are the way to go. I even have a couple pounds in my Aristocrat.

pnoon
08-06-2015, 09:34 AM
RH much over 70% is not good. Makes your cigars much more susceptible to mold and crappy burns.

T.G
08-06-2015, 09:41 AM
Thank you for the info. But are the beads a good product for my new humidor? I don't like the sponge ones because I have never been able to get those to regulate anywhere near 65-75. They are always low (50) or over the top high.

Beads work great. I have many pounds of them spread between various humidors, coolers & sealed tubs. The RH is very stable and very quick to recover even after I've had a humidor et. al. open for an extended period.

Foam is crap unless you like farming mold.

shilala
08-06-2015, 10:32 AM
I wonder if ants like humidor mold?
Cause a guy could just throw an any farm in there with the mold farm and create a really sick symbiotic ecosystem. :tu

T.G
08-06-2015, 02:26 PM
I wonder if ants like humidor mold?
Cause a guy could just throw an any farm in there with the mold farm and create a really sick symbiotic ecosystem. :tu

http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/d2357599492bd7203926bac22b55c1d6/201721324/archer.png

Brlesq
08-06-2015, 02:46 PM
62% to 65% for all my humidors (depending on type of cigar in each). Doesn't sound like you have a problem at all!

AdamJoshua
08-06-2015, 04:35 PM
http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/d2357599492bd7203926bac22b55c1d6/201721324/archer.png

because THAT'S how you get ants....


:lr

shilala
08-06-2015, 05:23 PM
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MagicDrop
08-06-2015, 06:49 PM
Thanks guys. Well 66 is what I'm getting in the summer winter is much lower. Like 61% and I find 65-70 to be where I enjoy the smoke most. But I also have the gel and a cup of PG solution. I don't like having the cup of sitting pg I would assume that's asking for mold. I also already siliconed the glass top and it helped a ton.

dmiller662
02-02-2016, 09:33 AM
Toss the beads..... Use Boveda paks

icehog3
02-02-2016, 09:43 AM
From what I read, he never got the beads, still using gel and PG as of 8/15.

CigarNut
02-02-2016, 09:43 AM
Thanks guys. Well 66 is what I'm getting in the summer winter is much lower. Like 61% and I find 65-70 to be where I enjoy the smoke most. But I also have the gel and a cup of PG solution. I don't like having the cup of sitting pg I would assume that's asking for mold. I also already siliconed the glass top and it helped a ton.

I think Beads (both Heartfelt and HCM) work great! PG solution and Gel, on the other hand, not so much as they do not regulate humidity; they simply release moisture which often results in mold. I would toss the PG solution.

In any case, as long as your cigars are smoking well and not get moldy, I would not worry about it too much.

Toss the beads..... Use Boveda paks

Boveda packs work fine, too, but there is no reason to "toss the beads".

T.G
02-02-2016, 11:01 AM
Toss the beads..... Use Boveda paks


The OP hasn't logged on in 5 months. Maybe you can try calling him or send him a snapchat with this valuable information.

dmiller662
02-02-2016, 11:31 AM
The OP hasn't logged on in 5 months. Maybe you can try calling him or send him a snapchat with this valuable information.

always seems to be at least one person showing the buttocks on any given forum.

CigarNut
02-02-2016, 12:02 PM
Toss the beads..... Use Boveda paks

always seems to be at least one person showing the buttocks on any given forum.

Exactly!

icehog3
02-02-2016, 02:29 PM
Let's all breathe deeply and smoke a nice ceegar. ;)

massphatness
02-02-2016, 04:46 PM
I prefer not to breathe deeply in the presence of exposed buttocks. (Well, mostly ...)

markem
02-02-2016, 05:13 PM
Napalm. Love the smell of Napalm in the morning.

Weelok
02-02-2016, 06:46 PM
I've been leaning to drier is better myself but the Nicarauguans seem to taste a bit better closer to 70%??? Bah, who knows I'm happy as long as I don't have to keep re-lighting them.