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I just want to share with the LLG's around here my personal humidor experience. I wish that I had known a handful of humidors ago what I know now. I must admit that I have spent years in this hobby thinking that the humidor itself wasn't an intergral part of our hobby and I also never believed that temperature really didn't factor in that much in the enjoyment of our fabled sticks.

I have come to know personally that a stable temp retains the bouquet and creates with time a far more elegant stick than anything that I have gotten in humidors that are subject to the fluctuations that are normal in a home. I have also come to see that internal recirc fans and powerful humidification creates for me a smoke that far exceeds anything that I have gotten with passive humidification or even the power units that are popular now.

Arlin Liss has pulled together for me a cigar storage/aging system that far exceeds anything that I have experienced at a reasonable cost. The combined cost of all of my other humidors is about what I paid for Arlin's work...I wish that I had gone to him in the beginning of my journey.

If you are thinking about a humi, do yourself a favor and give Arlin a call.

http://arlinliss.com/_Mahogany/Unsold Mahog Cab 48x22x16/Humidor_Details.htm
 

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Now it is time for me to show my true ignorance because I am NOT an engineer and this stuff baffles me. My understanding of the engineering is as follows:

1 Arlin uses a Peltier cooling system, the benefit being that there are no moving parts to wear out. The cooling system is based upon the Peltier effect which goes way beyond my limited mental resources but seems to be based upon certain metals ability to produce a cooling effect when current is run through them.

2 A drain plug has been installed which empties into the water tray for the humidifier. The condensate should only accumulate if the external temp is more than 20 degrees than the internal temp and the cooler runs for more than several hours. Should that happen, even though there is a catch tray, Arlin lined that tray with Climaxx beads to compensate for any internal humidity spikes. My chiller is only running for about two minutes out of every 20 minutes or so because my house temp is only about 6 degrees above my humidor temp. I opted for the chiller because I wanted a consistant 65 degree internal temp

3 The fans are currently set for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off though this variable is just about infinate. The mechanics of that system are well beyond me.
 
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