Last spring, I went with an Avallo Humidifier in the new 173 bottle wineador. Everything has been doing quite nicely. Only issues I have had were that it seemed to take longer than I expected for everything to stabilize. I think this was primarily due to the running time of the unit changing as ambient temperature rose. So, now we are in full blown winter mode, temp and humidity is rock solid stable. I took the canisters and wicks out to clean. The wicks have a small amount of what is some type of funky stuff at the top of the wick (tetris?) Avallo says they are coated with an antifungal and normally last 6 months or so. They are $3 each and $5 shipping. Cost is not as much of a concern as practicality is. That's at most, one or two cigars. Even so, I'm wondering if there is a simple way of removing funky stuff and continuing to use the wicks safely (or if that is a questionable practice). They look great except for the little funky areas around the top. OTOH, I certainly don't want to mess with getting some type of mold or fungus. Too many cigars in there to risk it. Any thoughts?