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  • Winter is Coming

    Posted by Mark-D on September 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    As the weather begins to shift and autumn approaches, I find myself beginning to think about humidifiers. I am interested in both guitar room humidifiers and in the case humidifiers. What has worked well for you?

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  • davefive

    September 4, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Living in California 😆

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  • Loraine

    September 4, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I use both types. I have 2 large humidifiers, 2 small humidifiers, and then I use in the case humidipaks.

    • Mark-D

      September 4, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Lorine can you share the make and models and if they perform well?

  • tailsawaggin

    September 4, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    I use one of these in the master bedroom — https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B092V1FN3Q — along with two larger ones in the main areas of the house. The larger ones are unfortunately not sold any longer, but the small one is great within its space limitation. Of the three, it also has the most accurate built-in hygrometer and is the most responsive when the humidity drops below target.

    My only two gripes about it are that one, it doesn’t remember its settings when it shuts off, which it will do automatically when it runs out of water, and two, the front panel lighting can’t be defeated, so like it or not, it’s on all the time.

    Otherwise, the only thing to be wary of is that, like any cool mist unit, it’s going to atomize any dissolved solids in the water, and they’ll rain down over the surrounding area. Some people buy distilled water to get around this, and I have a reverse osmosis unit in the house that I use to feed mine. After several months of RO water, there’s no detectable scale or other issues with it.

    It’s also probably worth getting a cheap digital hygrometer for the room and calibrating it with the damp table salt method. While my humidifier’s built in sensor is good, it’s the only good built in sensor I’ve ever encountered, so I wouldn’t trust it without having something else on hand for sanity checks.

    Good luck in your search!

  • David_Leo

    September 5, 2021 at 3:53 am

    I make my own “in case humidifiers” from small plastic food storage containers and common sponges.

  • Acoustically_Challenged

    September 5, 2021 at 7:12 am

    A good homemade case humidifier can be made using wet floral foam and a used pill bottle. The floral foam is the stuff you’ve seen used in flower arrangements and can be purchased in the hobby area Walmart, etc. I’d bought a couple of sound hole humidifiers and noticed they used this same material. There is also dry floral foam. That foam will not absorb water.

    Just drill holes around the sides, top, and bottom of the pill bottle. Then push the bottle top onto the foam just enough to leave a mark. A knife can then be used to carve out a piece of foam that will fit in the bottle.

    If you have one of those sound hole humidifiers, you’ll see there’s not much foam material. The pill bottle humidifier will hold much more water and has a larger surface area, so it will release moisture far longer.

  • Bill_Brown

    September 5, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Hi @Mark-D , I use 2 sound hole Humidiypaks (placed in the sound hole) and put my guitar in the case and close it up every night. I do this every night, regardless of what season it is, because if the furnace isn’t running then the AC is😱

  • That_Guy

    September 6, 2021 at 7:00 am

    I just bought a few humidifiers and do the whole house. Alot of water to fill every morning but my head doesnt dry out at night and i can leave the guitars laying around. Putting them back in the case is the worst thing you can do cuz you cant play em if they aint within reach and ready to go. I even keep a single 0 next to the couch so i can noodle while the commercials are on tv

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