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PHL425, February 16, 2017 in Humidor Tutorial
Great. Thanks mate.
So I picked up a 41qt weather-tight container and placed 10 Boveda 69% packs and a Xikar hygrometer inside to start process of checking the calibration of the hygrometer. It looks like it is about 4 to 5 % off. I recently received some Spanish cedar wood pieces ( I ordered a cigar tray and received it broken) and placed them inside the container. After overnight I checked the meter and it is way way different. This morning it read 58% rh at 68* f. Would the pieces of cedar cause this much of a drop?
Calibrate in a ziplock bag. An empty coolidor does not hold stead rh. Air does not hold rh as well as mass does. New cedar will drop rh. I have 2 150qt Coleman extreme coolers, one with cedar shelves. 3lbs HF 60rh beads each. Twice the recommended amount but it keeps rh stable, longer. Holds steady at 62rh 70F. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
This is just general advice from what I've found over the years, not gospel by any means or the end word. YMMV.
The RH will not really read correctly in a plastic container, being plastic it does not need seasoning as a cedar lined unit would.
Worry about stabilizing your RH level once you get product in their for storage. FWIW- I use 1/2lb of 65% Heartfelt beads in a 70qt cooler and it maintains RH level just fine- I use 1lb of the same beads in a 100 and 150qt cooler that maintain just fine as well. Airflow is accomplished by opening the lid on any cooler once in awhile to grab a smoke to enjoy.
Salt test any hygro you have, it's easy and imo the most consistent method. Any Interwebs search engine should turn up instructions. I used to run digital hygros in all my coolers, but after years they have never really changed RH level so as the batteries have worn out, I have not replaced. All my smokes come out just fine.
If you don't have much stock to store, see if you can get a few empty cedar cigar boxes to store in there with the cigars you do have. This will help stabilize the humidty, as box volume maintains humidity easier than just empty space.
Better yet, just buy enough boxes of smokes you like to fill up the space and you'll be ok.
Final word- Buy a bigger unit than you think you need. Trust me..... you'll thank me later for that tidbit.
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