Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:43 PM
I recently added about 15 cigars to the humidor. Prior to that, I had maybe 10-15 in there. I noticed a sharp decline in the RH which now sits around 60% or even sub 60%. What could be the cause of this? I'm pretty sure it's a 100 count humidor as I have plenty of space for more cigars. I know the winter season brings drier air but I didn't expect the RH to drop this much. I thought it was b/c I added some new cigars but the RH never bounced back.
Does the gel go bad after a few months? I've refilled it a few times and the RH will go up for a short time and than drop back down. I have to check to make sure it seals fully but it appears it does. I seasoned and let it sit for 6-7 days. Is that enough time? Should I re-season? If I do re-season, what should I do with my cigars to keep them from going bad?
Lastly, I've wanted to go with a digital hygrometer. I searched the forums and the most recent discussion I saw about them dated back to 2006. I'm sure a few things have changed and some new devices have entered the market. Any recommendations for a good digital hygrometer that is reasonably priced?
Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:26 AM
Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:39 AM
I'm still pretty new to this so I am still learning about all of the accessories, what they do, how they work etc. I have a ways to go yet. I am happy to finally have a humi in my house and have some cigars to choose from. I want to make sure they stay well nourished though.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:26 AM
Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:02 AM
I definitely plan to do this. I have been looking around the internet and the Caliber III seems to have quite a few good reviews. I tried searching here and I guess my search was too broad but the last digital hygrometer discussion that I found was from 2006.
Cigar FF, the hygrometers that come with humidors are garbage. Get yourself a digital hygrometer and you can problably pick up a Xixar one for about $20 bucks.
Is there still a shop at CP? I'd like to support the cause if that is possible.
Do yourself a favor and also pick up a Boveda One-Step Hygrometer Calibration kit. This is much simpler than the salt test. Start here and know what you are getting for readings.
I will try another search and see how others resolved their humidor issues. One can only learn so much in a day...haha
Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:07 AM
While you're waiting for the hygro to arrive, check this thread out for another probable reason as to the humidity drop:
Edited by tomthirtysix, 19 December 2011 - 10:07 AM.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:33 AM
Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:48 PM
Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:58 PM
Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:26 PM
I first thought it was b/c the new cigars I bought sucked the moisture out. Prior to putting them in the humidor, I refilled the gel humidification device to prevent a drop. A week + later, the humidity is still down and I've kept the gel topped off. I was wondering if the gel goes bad after some time.
This may be totally loony, but if the cigars were dry to begin with, will they have sucked up the humidity and lowered your reading? Also, are you sure the humidification device you have in there is big enough for the size humidor you have? If it's too small, and you live in a dry climate (seems like everywhere now it's winter), then it will seem like it constantly needs recharging, especially if you're in and out of there often grabbing smokes.
I would imagine the analog humidification device is the right size as it is embedded in the outside of the humidor. What I do not know for sure is the capacity of the humidor and at which point I need to add a humidification device. I've tried uploading the humidor as my avatar and it wont allow me to use it. I'm guessing it's a size restriction.
I am going to get the Boveda salt test kit and a digital hygrometer this week. That is my starting point and we'll see what happens from there.
Thanks all for the advice. I re-read the Winter moodiness thread again and I'm sure that has something to do with what I'm experiencing. I'm just wondering why it's dropped to below 60% in there and staying.
Edit: Just thought I'd share what I think may be happening. Being that in the winter months the sun is not as high in the sky, I just noticed that the cantilever of my roof no longer catches the sunlight therefore, the sun now sits on my humidor for more than an hour a day. Granted it's not that warm, I'm sure coupled with a few other things, this contributed to my RH being below 60%. I have since moved it and will keep an eye on the RH. I also purchased a digital hygrometer (Western Caliber III) and Boveda 1-step calibration kit. My next step is to get a new humidification device.
Edited by Cigar FF, 22 December 2011 - 02:35 PM.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:11 PM
My beads should be arriving shortly and I should be in business. Thanks again for the guidance and wealth of information in these forums. I am glad I chose this community and am most appreciative of the advice.Update: I decided to try to calibrate my analog hygro just to see how far off it was and when pilling it out of the front of the humi I noticed that the hole goes straight into the hygrometer. No real seal or barrier therefore, I think that is part of my RH woes. I also did the dollar bill test and 2 of the 3 sides held a weak seal despite when closing or opening the lid, it does not open easily or slam shut. I think I'll be looking for a replacement this week. The analog hygro was only a few points off from my digital reading.
Edited by Cigar FF, 01 January 2012 - 12:13 PM.
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