Thank you for purchasing Heartfelt Humidification beads. We feel that these are the best humidification beads on the market.
Heartfelt Humidification Beads were first developed for the art and museum industry and are used extensively by that industry for the stable storage of priceless artifacts and art. The manufacturer I purchase the beads from also supplies places such as the Smithsonian and The National Archives.
Question that are often asked; “Are Heartfelt Humidification Beads the same as ordinary desiccant silica gel?” Definitely NOT! Heartfelt Humidification Beads beads give off water vapor, as well as absorb it, to maintain a specific RH which is ideal for a cigars particular need. This is not the case with silica gel which can only absorb water then must be dried out after it is saturated. By nature silica gel is not meant to control humidity, only lower it. Humidification beads are the premier product for precise control in terms of performance, cost effectiveness, and simplicity.
One good point to remember is Heartfelt Humidification Beads have an indefinite life span. There is nothing to wear out and all that is needed to maintain them is either the addition of distilled water or the drying out of the beads if they become water logged.
You will notice that every time I mention the fluid that is added to the Heartfelt Humidification Beads I say “distilled water”. This is extremely important; anything other than distilled water will ultimately ruin the beads. All the impurities in tap water will be drawn in by the beads and remain there. Ultimately the beads will get plugged up and not work anymore. The same is true with any type of humidifier solution (also known as 50/50 solution) this will also ruin the beads in the long run.
DO NOT immerse you beads in distilled water or dip the beads in distilled water. Trying to add distilled water this way will ultimately rinse out the salts that the beads are impregnated with. This rinsing off of the salts will ultimately make the beads not be able to hold the given rh level that they are set for.
“How much do I need for my ______?”
Here are some quantities for various containers.
5 cubic feet requires 1 pound of humidification beads.
1/3 pound of beads per 50 quarts (coolerdors)
Calculating the amount of Heartfelt Humidity Beads needed for your humi:
Measure the depth, width and height of you humi (example is 24” depth, 36” wide and 48” height)
Multiply the three: You can use the Calculator, click on the button in the directory on the left side of this window.
24x36x48=41472 cubic inches
Multiply this by .00185185 (ounces needed per cubic inch); 41472x.00185185=76.799 ounces
Divide this answer by 16 (ounces in a pound); 76.799/16=4.79
You would need 4.79 pounds of Heartfelt Humidity Beads for this humi.
Lets do a smaller humidor
10x9x6=540 cubic inches
Multiply this by .00185185 (ounces needed per cubic inch); 540x.00185185=0.999 ounces
You would need One Ounce of Heartfelt Humidity Beads for this humi.
“How do I add distilled water to the beads when they get dry?”
There are a number of ways to do this. You can just pour distilled water on the beads. A lot of folks do it this way but the beads can fracture when it is done this way. One thing to remember, fracturing will not affect the efficiency of the beads or ruin them in any way, they will still do their job.
My 1/2 ounce humi tube takes 1-2 teaspoons of distilled water,
The 1 ounce humi tube takes 2-3 teaspoons of distilled water,
The 2 ounce humi tube takes 3-4 teaspoons of distilled water,
The four ounce humi tube takes 4-5 teaspoons of distilled water,
½ pound takes approximately 1-1 ½ tablespoons,
1 pound takes approximately 3-4 tablespoons.
You can put a container of distilled water, like a bowl, next to the beads and let them absorb the distilled water in this way. When they have absorbed all they can remove the bowl. This method is effective but takes a while for the beads to absorb the water.
The method I use and prefer is using a spray bottle. I purchased an inexpensive spray bottle at the grocery store and filled it with distilled water. When the beads need water I just spray them until they have absorbed enough distilled water. This method will work well if you have the beads in a bag or dish.
" If my beads are going white, should I add distilled water until they are all clear? "
The optimal is to have about 60% to 70% of the beads clear. Don't try to get them all clear because if you do they cannot absorb any sudden rise in humidity in your humi.
“What do I put the beads in?”
A great variety of containers are possible. You can use a Heartfelt drawstring mesh bag, Heartfelt Humi Tubes, place the beads in a shot glass or small dish, put them is a leftover container with holes drilled in the lid, nylon stockings (be careful stealing them from your wife or significant other) or any other container. The main point of whatever container you choose is to have the greatest amount of surface area as possible. If possible the beads should be no more than 1 to 1 ½ inches deep, this way they will work the best.
“How can I tell when the beads need water?”
This is very easy. The color of the beads is the dead give away. When they are full of distilled water they are pretty much clear and when they are completely dried out they are a bright white. Believe me you will be able to tell the difference.