Seasoning of two identical humidors continues. At around 34 hours into the study, the Pouches (in blue) are 67% RH and the HumiForm Mini (in red) is around 77% RH, about 10% higher.
Rough calculations show the cost-of-ownership for pouches being about $75 in the first year and then $40/year afterwards. This assumes a cost of around $6.50 per pouch, a vented holder costing around $23, and each pouch lasting 2 months as advertised. By comparison, the Mini costs $49.00 and lasts for two or more years on a single gallon of distilled water.
First 12 hours of seasoning study comparing two 84% RH Pouches and HumiForm Mini Humidifier. The Mini is already above 70% relative humidity.
Questions: Can a humidor season too quickly? Should I reduce the amount of filament to maintain RH around 70% while the pouches catch up?
With pouches being our main competition, we decided it was time for a head-to-head comparison. For this study, we purchased two new and identical 50-stick humidors, two 84% relative humidity pouches and one 72% relative humidity pouch from a well-known manufacturer, and a holder with vented sides. The pouches cost about $6.5 each and the holder was over $23.
To season the humidors, we placed the holder containing the two 84% pouches in one humidor, and in the other humidor we placed a HumiForm Mini. According to the pouch manufacturer, seasoning should approximately take two week.
We have study starting soon comparing the HumiForm to pouches, from a well known supplier, each inside new identical humidors. The plan is to break the study into two sections: the first is to see how long it takes each humidor to become seasoned, and second to measure consistency of the relative humidity and how long each of the two humidifiers lasts before needing to be replaced (pouch) or refilled (HumiForm). To make the comparison more fair, we are planning to use the HumiForm Mini which holds about 35% as much water, or propylene Glycol mixture, as the HumiForm 50 V or 100 V models. Stay tuned.