Heartfelt Humidity Tube
Anybody use one? I'm looking to pick up some beads, but don't know if I want to buy the beads and the pouches or just get the tube. Trying to find out if there are any drawbacks for either one. The only thing I can really think of is if you can't open the tube or something.
I'd recommend buying a full pound. That way you can add more beads as needed when you DO expand your setup. I skipped the bag they offer and put mine in the tray of a MOWPA box, slid the tray back in and I'm good to go. The opening in the front lets just enough moisture in or out. A couple of small Tupperware containers with holes punched in the top work well, too. If you want to go the cheap route, snag a pair of your significant other's pantyhose and snip the feet off. Fill 'em full and tie them off.
As for the "special" syringe, any syringe or eye-dropper will work. You only want 60-70% of the beads to be wet so a good eye-balling to get the required amount, spritz them down and mix everything back together. Stop by Wally World or any other place that sells the small spray bottles, fill it with distilled water and you're good to go.
I bought a pound of beads, two mesh bags and two tubes. I use the tubes in my 20 ct humidors and the mesh bags in my 125 ct. Much more cost effective to buy a pound of beads and the tubes rather than the already filled tubes. I also use a tube in my travel humi. If you buy tubes make sure you get the cap color to match his standard humidity level beads. That way you wont forget what you got. I did 65% and blue end caps like he sells. I am very happy.
I know it's not mentioned regarding panty hose, but I'd take a good whiff off them before using them like this. I bought a pair for this purpose, and they kind of smelled--and yes, they were brand new. It was kind of a sweet, almost a faint perfume smell. The hose might have been treated in some fashion.
I had another bag of beads made using panty hose in a coolidor for perhaps a year or two. I noticed that this "bag" too had a faint odor to it as well, even after all this time. I don't know if it did anything to my cigars.
All this is just something to consider.
Mine has been the same way. Absolutely love it!