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Strange issue

So I got a new 300 ct humidor, and after 24 hrs of seasoning it, it was holding about 75. I want ahead and put my sticks and montecristo gel humidifiers in, and it settled down to 72. But now I moved my hydro down to the bottom drawer and it was 85! Any ideas on why this was so dramatic and a possible solution?


  • Russ55Russ55 Posts: 2,765
    Humid air is heavier isn't it?
  • ScottUScottU Posts: 194
    I think so, but 13 percent over 8 inches?
  • TatuajeVITatuajeVI Posts: 2,378
    24 hours isn't long enough to stabilize your humidor when seasoning. I'd wait at least 4 or 5 days.
  • pnaylonpnaylon Posts: 214
    Is your bottom drawer filled with water? That might be it.
  • ScottUScottU Posts: 194
    Is your bottom drawer filled with water? That might be it.
    Lmao! No, def not... This is my third humi and I've only ever seasoned for 24 hrs and never had a prob...
  • ljlljl Posts: 819
    I just posted on some other guy's thread that humid air is less dense! Now I'm all twisted up! Heading back to wiki for more info...
  • j0z3rj0z3r Posts: 9,403
    It's true that humid air rises, but in a sealed environment I don't see how that would make such a dramatic difference. I'd agree with Tat and say you probably didn't season long enough, except that I expect a drop in humidity, not a 13 point increase.

    Before you pull cigars out and reconfigure things, pull your hygrometer and salt test it, make sure that bad boy is calibrated properly.
  • betasynnbetasynn Posts: 1,249
    Same thing happened to me. Remember, cigars act as small humidification devices. They can absorb and release humidity, just as the humidifiers can. When you put them into a humidor that isn't really seasoned, the humidification devices that were releasing humidity into the still-dry humidor are now releasing too much humidity to a humidor that is full of 70 RH cigar. I think.
  • Russ55Russ55 Posts: 2,765
    Humid air is heavier isn't it?
    Joe's right, I'm not.

    "Humid air is less dense than dry air because a molecule of water is less massive than a either molecule of nitrogen or a molecule of oxygen. About 78% of the molecules in dry air are nitrogen (N2). Another 21% of the molecules in dry air are oxygen (O2). The final 1% of dry air is a mixture of other gases." - wikipedia

    Not the most factual site, but I trust it on this.
  • xmacroxmacro Posts: 3,402
    I agree that your humi isn't properly seasoned yet. I have a 300-count as well, and the difference between the lid and the bottom of the humi is 2-3% (65% bottom, 67 or 68% at the top). There's no way you should have a 15% difference if it's seasoned
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