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ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
I just ordered an electric humidifier for a new cabinet, and was wondering if I should replace the sponge stuff that comes in it with beads or gel. Anyone have an electric humidifier that they use beads/gel in, and if so what kind did you use; or did you just leave the sponge stuff in it. It is going in a 5000 count trunk humidor, figured I wouldn't have to upgrade again. Thanks for you input.

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  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Both of my electronics came with gel instead of the sponge, there is a tread on this topic somewhere. I seem to remember reading that there were some issues with the sponge's and it was best to change over to the gel. Congrats on the new humi!
  • ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Are yours loose, or did you bag them up in nylon or something?
  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
    ExpendableYouth:
    Are yours loose, or did you bag them up in nylon or something?
    Loose in the tank, they recommend that I change them once a year, and sent enough extra crystals to do so twice. I haven't done so yet, going on two years now, they are still clear and absorbing the water when I refill it so as long as they are working properly I'm going to leave them alone.
  • jd50aejd50ae West Gnawed Pencil, TNPosts: 7,934 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have had the same gel in some of my humidifiers for well over a year and they are still going strong. Not the round bead types but the broken glass type. They have held up better then the round beads by far.

    I do love my electric Excel, which goes for months with out re-filling in my "Foot Locker" humidor. I have adjusted it to 68RH and it is constant with no fluctuation.
  • ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In the electric humidifier are you still using the sea foam sponge, or did you replace it with the gel kind. Also what brand are you using?
  • jarublajarubla Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jd50ae:
    I have had the same gel in some of my humidifiers for well over a year and they are still going strong. Not the round bead types but the broken glass type. They have held up better then the round beads by far.

    I do love my electric Excel, which goes for months with out re-filling in my "Foot Locker" humidor. I have adjusted it to 68RH and it is constant with no fluctuation.
    Pardon the thread hijack, but when you mention a footlocker humidor, do you mean in the old army gear sense or in a cedar chest sort of way?

    I ask as I inherited an old (1950's per the paperwork in it) lane cedar chest when Grandma passed. Been trying to figure out WTF I am going to do with it (already have another for the linens and such). I am thinking it would be kick *** as a humidor. Hoping you might link me to your build here on CCom (or in a separate thread, or in a PM which of course would be less thread-jackerly).

    Oh and hat tip to you humans on the gel swap.

    -Jay
    “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.” -Kevin Welch
  • jd50aejd50ae West Gnawed Pencil, TNPosts: 7,934 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Search "Foot Locker Humidor" and it will come up, in Google not the forum.

    Eventually I swap out all green foam for gel.
  • jarublajarubla Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yowza, that looks nice. Hat tip for steering me -Jay
    “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.” -Kevin Welch
  • jd50aejd50ae West Gnawed Pencil, TNPosts: 7,934 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jarubla:
    Yowza, that looks nice. Hat tip for steering me -Jay


    Every once in awhile they show up on Cbid. Got mine for way less.
  • jgibvjgibv John G.Posts: 9,320 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Put me down as another vote for switching the foam out with gel (beads).

    Curtpick sent me an electronic humi-care unit he wasn't using anymore ---- he had already switched out the foam.
    Not that gel/beads can't mold --- but they're much less likely to than foam. Foam is just asking for trouble.

    This is the type of gel beads that Curtpick installed:
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  • jsnakejsnake Kansas CityPosts: 5,949 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have the Cigar Oasis Excel and 2 regular cartridges. Do they make a gel cartridge or do I need to replace it myself? Anyone know of a link with instructions or a video? Mine works perfectly but it isn't even a year old. I still have one cartridge new in the box. 
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,691 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jarubla said:
    jd50ae:
    I have had the same gel in some of my humidifiers for well over a year and they are still going strong. Not the round bead types but the broken glass type. They have held up better then the round beads by far.

    I do love my electric Excel, which goes for months with out re-filling in my "Foot Locker" humidor. I have adjusted it to 68RH and it is constant with no fluctuation.
    Pardon the thread hijack, but when you mention a footlocker humidor, do you mean in the old army gear sense or in a cedar chest sort of way?

    I ask as I inherited an old (1950's per the paperwork in it) lane cedar chest when Grandma passed. Been trying to figure out WTF I am going to do with it (already have another for the linens and such). I am thinking it would be kick *** as a humidor. Hoping you might link me to your build here on CCom (or in a separate thread, or in a PM which of course would be less thread-jackerly).

    Oh and hat tip to you humans on the gel swap.

    -Jay
    Make sure it's Spanish cedar, and not real cedar used in closets and stuff (sounds like it might be).  The latter is too strong of an aroma. Two completely different woods.
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  • ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    Could you line it with Spanish cedar? Or would the normal cedar still over power? @avengethis
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,691 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jsnake said:
    I have the Cigar Oasis Excel and 2 regular cartridges. Do they make a gel cartridge or do I need to replace it myself? Anyone know of a link with instructions or a video? Mine works perfectly but it isn't even a year old. I still have one cartridge new in the box. 
    I think it's a diy job.  Different humidifiers will open a little differently, but I think it's as easy as popping the case open and ripping out the foam and dumping in a gel or bead.
    LLA - Lancero Lovers of America
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,691 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Could you line it with Spanish cedar? Or would the normal cedar still over power? @avengethis
    Good question.  It may just depend on how much cedar smell there is.

    I walked into a new shop adjacent to a little convenience store where they just built a little walk in. I swear they used the wrong cedar; my eyes were burning after the first minute or so.  Way too strong of a smell.
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  • jarublajarubla Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    Could you line it with Spanish cedar? Or would the normal cedar still over power? @avengethis ;
    Interesting concept. The chest is old as all get out and does not have a scent to it when opened (unless dusty is a scent!). 

    These could work for lining the old girl:

    http://www.amazon.com/Woodcraft-Woodshop-Cedar-Spanish-16/dp/B0032YUTG6/ref=pd_sim_469_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=0W6FESZKSSXTVTWN9244

    -Jay
    “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.” -Kevin Welch
  • ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That looks like it would work pretty well if you cut it to size and used some nice finish nails.
  • jsnakejsnake Kansas CityPosts: 5,949 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So for the gel type beads are you guys just busting open the humicare gel jars? Or can you buy them in bulk?
  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jsnake said:
    So for the gel type beads are you guys just busting open the humicare gel jars? Or can you buy them in bulk?

    It's available in bulk, but if you've got an extra jar your not using, why not
  • avengethisavengethis Sorry, I ate all your bacon!Posts: 5,656 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Could you line it with Spanish cedar? Or would the normal cedar still over power? @avengethis
    Uhhh why did you tag me in this?  
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  • ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't know why I did that? 
  • jimmyv723jimmyv723 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 1,885 ✭✭✭
    Could you line it with Spanish cedar? Or would the normal cedar still over power? @avengethis
    Uhhh why did you tag me in this?  
    I don't know why I did that? 

    Looks like someone got into Todd's Zaya stash.
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  • ExpendableYouthExpendableYouth Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 2,100 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't drink rum, I'm allergic.
  • jarublajarubla Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    <insert Johnny Depp aka Jack Sparrow> "But why's the rum gone?!?"
    “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.” -Kevin Welch
  • jarublajarubla Posts: 2,329 ✭✭✭✭✭
     :) 


    “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.” -Kevin Welch
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