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  1. As many of you know I am always building something new in the shop. Humidor perfection is a goal that I never attain yet always attempt. I had a member contact me about humidors the other day (noting new about that) but he wanted to see some of what is entailed in a CigarClimatology humidor. Here is a brief glimpse into Piggy's lair and a sneak peak at a new Gen 12 humidor. Cheers! -Piggy Gen 12 Humidor Build Tour
  2. I think the title says it all. Yes, when I lit up this cigar I had all sorts of descriptors and metaphors to describe it. I have since forgotten them! As usual (for these), this is one of the better cigars that I have smoked this year. It was just a fantastic, complex, enjoyable and well spent hour with a cigar. Competition, well, I could give a rats ass, but I did want to share the cigar. Frankly, I wish I had enough to send you all one. If I could have bought a thousand of them, frankly I would have! Discontinuing these was a serious hit the Habanos world. Do they care? I think not! Beautiful cigar! Beautiful evening! Storybook burn (if that means anything).... To continue.... ... now I'm done! -the Pig
  3. I'm new to the forum. Let me start by saying Hi to everyone, I have done months of research ready pigfish post and comments which help much when learning however I still end up at ground 0. I am on the fence of buying this cigar cabinet it uses a compressor to regulate temperature when the compressor comes on the humidy fluctuates. Does anyone have any experience with this cigar cabinet or can recommend one which will hold 100 boxes and regulate temp. ? I read bigfish sells customs made but I could be wrong. Thanks for your help
  4. Cigar Quality I find it amazing the responses that arise out of the question of Cuban cigar quality. And since I just received this box of cigars in the post, I thought I might bring up the question once more. What does it mean, quality control? There are many facets to the question that simply scream opinion and prejudice. This particular examination, albeit brief is not intended to be subjective. I thought some of writing more of my opinions on the matter. What is the point, I thought to myself? You decide. Do you find this acceptable quality control? This is a grain scale. 1 grain = 1/7000 of an pound. This is a precision scale! This represents the measurements of weight of the top layer of cigars. Why not all of them? What is the point, I own the cigars now…? Considering the spread from the heaviest to the lightest in 13 cigars, I did not want to look further!!! -the Pig Here are the results:
  5. For you Ken! So what would it take for me to intentionally smoke a lousy cigar? Well, I had it and it is just taking room. I have a skull full of mush, and some wanker in Oz suggested that I smoke it and tell you all about it!!! The offer from the wanker included a potential bribe! Now onto the cigar. Appearance: lousy Finish: lousy Quality of construction: lousy Aroma: okay, it has been in the company of great cigars! Taste, first third: lousy Taste, second third: only slightly better than lousy Taste, last third: don't hold your breath! -the Pig
  6. I don’t use any wood in my humidors. However I am tired of adapting different materials to construct the one shelf that I usually use. I have a minimalist approach to shelving. The more you use, the worse the humidor generally works. Shelves impede airflow. I prototyped a very simple shelf made of robust Spanish cedar. I wood carved a couple of members however they are so narrow that the carving was less than desired so I decided to embellish the last member with some Habanos cab “brands.” Brands as in branded or embossed brands… the ones that come off the tops of cabinet lids. These take some time to recreate. I have searched high and low for matching fonts, but they are not easy to come by. Some used are similar, some totally recreated by me. Anyway, here is a rendering of my first attempt. I have several I am going to recreate (just for kicks). Criticism welcome. Enjoy! -the Pig
  7. That’s right folks, you heard it right. Apparently we have some NASA scientists on the board, obviously displaced by cuts to the agency just itching to team with me to create the perfect humidor. Today, early in the AM, I receive this transforming email from a guy, no a scientist, a hidden jewel amongst us plebes regarding a business proposition to create the perfect humidor. The question is should I take it??? It is obvious that I have impressed him with my knowledge, charm, whit (and of course good looks). My fortune has got me teary eyed… Here is the letter and proposition: Ray, Apologize that you regurgitate third grade physics to your bof (birds of feather). It must get tiring; and plagiarizing always sucks (technical term). Introduction- my name is Brian and want to combine my (education) and proven designs to re-position logic to solve your need for a perfect environment. Perfect environment... Yes, I worked at NASA for many years and want to take some NASA research on microfluidic bubbles from GRiD Compass (and a unknown fact - using MF for heating/cooling in sealed spaces) with MF surfaces with tolerances sub .01° at 303K. Granted that was extreme, as lives were at stake. Take our technology and combine with your experience with sensors/actuators/thermodynamics to solve something that keeps you up all night. Reduce costs/complexity, create small form factor, add to existing and future units. End result. Profit Prototype, Patent, Optional Next Steps Review idea, let me know your intention, will send some non-compete, and IP legal forms. Have a great day! b So I have to bring it to my brothers here first… The confidentiality agreements alone would cause me to have to give up my posting here. There would be no more explaining of humidors and desiccants (yes, I can hear you clapping all the way over here… -LOL) No more pseudo-scientific methods and ideas, no more fun and games, even the use of a pseudonym would have me hunted down by the legal dogs… There may be a Knighthood in it for me! Bill and Melinda, move over… "I don’t want your jet so close to mine kinda’ stuff!!!" No more Milwaukee power tools for me. It would be Hilti or Festool!!! -LOL FoH or this? What say you, should I take the deal??? -the Pig
  8. There is a lot in the analysis of humidor performance based on how you look at data. Take this case in point. I often look at raw data from my data loggers in a highly compressed, macro perspective. While this view can leave you, will leave you, without much in the way of detail, it will help you espy trends and shifts, and even corrections needed to your system. Here is the first data log. Now I data log this test box everyday, unless I forget to download the logger and reset it. I test a lot of stuff in this box. I house a few boxes of cigars in here plus my frauds collection. The cigars just take up space as I use the humidor for some overflow and to park cigars while I move them around, or have no other place to put them. This is a 'working' humidor, tuned to work in the real world and not tuned to find utopian results. This humidor works in my shop, not in my home and I keep cigars in it even when the temps in the shop exceed 90˚F. If you look at the data streams, the data is so compressed that it gives you an overwhelming sense of the highs and lows, the extremes, while obscuring the data in between the highs and lows. One of my clients needed a low profile humidifier and I chose this box to test it. What I have not liked about how this humidifier works in this cooler, is the deep low-end extreme values that the humidifier produced in this cooler. It is important to note, that at my level, sometimes the slightest change in your humidor design will produce profound effects. This is one such case. So what I did here is to replace my standard 26CFM fan with a 36CFM fan. I wanted to match the rate at which the cooling would strip water from the humidor with a humidifier that would meet or match that rate when the humidifier was operating. Now, this philosophy is not without risk. You can overshoot your system parameter when you use the approach, and empirical testing is the only means to determine if you have succeeded! Here is the micro look at what these cooling cycles look like. You can clearly see the system cool and the humidifier compensating for the loss of humidor water as the system cools. This is one logger, logged through my controller sensor so it is time aligned. The deep rH cycles are of course the result of cooling cycles, some of which can be cured by tuning the activation logic. Since this logic approach will ultimately affect the way the humidor as a hole runs, and I could 'tune it' for a specific result, I deliberately chose not to do so here. Like I said, I generally 'tune' humidors to run in the real world, not to provide limited 'perfection' to post about. I could tweak this thing to look damn good on the logger but that is not my point nor my goal. A robust working humidor is my ultimate goal. There are a lot of factors that go into making decisions about this "robust working humidor" philosophy. None of which I am going to cover here. I just wanted to say, if I was hell bent on tweaking this for a 'better log,' I could do it, but would consider it cheating! Here is what happened when I changed the fan... Wow! What you can see here is the rapid rate of hydration that the new fan provides. For now, I will call this one a success. Of course there may be lurking a specter of overshoot if the right conditions are met. Now I have studied the cooler function now for several days and I don't think it is going to happen, but it still could under the right circumstances. Lets look finally at the micro view. It too is very telling. One of the keys to knowing that I have succeeded here is in seeing that the initial running of the humidifier during cooling actually is halted by programming, it is overpowering at this stage, as it overproduces water initially, requiring a shutdown and restart. Look at the chart and you will see it all. ... now a little activation logic tweak... maybe. -LOL It never ends...! That another day! Thanks for reading! Prof. Piggy
  9. I have begun to delve a little into what I call micro analysis of humidor performance. I can't expect it to really excite anyone but me, but there is a certain amount of pleasure derived from making something work, making it work better and trying achieve perfection. It is interesting to see if an idea that you have will really turn into something that you will consider as a standardized design or whether it is a failure. This is the same humidor on two different days with similar temperatures (outside). My goal was to try to shallow the dehydration during cooling above the 80 dF ambient mark and see if I can decrease the frequency or the amplitude of the cycle. Every improvement must do one or both of those things or it is not an improvement! These are high magnification pics of the humidity oscillation due to refrigeration at a high temperature (ambient outside). Any of these very small dips are acceptable to me, but if I could pull them down to as little as 3 rH I would really be pleased. At 80 dF outside, I don't really think it is possible but it does not stop me from trying! Test A is a native process. Cooling cycle begins and hydration follows. The cooling cycle is run until completion and there is residual drying that initiates subsequent hydration cycles. Pretty straight forward. Test B on the other hand was an idea I had about interrupting the cooling cycle when the system called for hydration and then once the system was hydrated again the cooling cycle would resume. This would drag out the cooling cycle, and perhaps over cool, but it would theoretically reduce the large dips in the rH to smaller ones. In cooler weather the system would be unaffected by the design. I am intrigued as to how it works and if I distort the chart to show the dehydration cycles highly compressed with the amplitudes exaggerated it looks like it does work quite well. I will crop some charts and run some analysis on them to look at the average rH, as well as average highs and lows to be sure. Thanks for following. -R
  10. Happy Birthday Ray Hope your day is everything you want it to be and you get to light up something real special cheers and many happy returns Steve P.S thanks for all your technical knowledge that you freely share here

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