Different ways of storing, housing, containing RH Beads...

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
I bought two types: the 65 and the 70 percent beads from BargainHumidor.com

So I didn't feel like takin the drill out to make holders from Tupperware, film containers, soap dishes, etc. I wanted to be able to have a holder that is flexible to fit in many locations.
I don't have the $ for the bags and round stick holders that look pretty cool...

Hmmmm...
That's right. Woman's stockings would be a good container...
How to NOT MIX UP the 65 and 70 percent beads. Color coded holders..
YEP!!
I had a pair of white and another of blue stockings that could be sacrificed for the cause. AHHH those were the days....

I think, without have ANY experience with beads, that this flexible sack will be pretty useful. I set up Blue for 70% and white for 65%. I weighed them, dry, in sacks of 6 ounce, 4 and 2 ounce.
I have more sacks to make. I'm pretty bushed now.. :)
Here's how I went about it.
Got the stockings that I need for the sacks.
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A set up to weigh and scoop. The knife is needed to cut the bags of beads and the stocking to size
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Weighing on a postage scale. It factors in the tare weight of the big container to weigh the beads
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All set up to receive moisture.
Blue = 70%
White = 65%
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Sitting in some airtight containers with tap water next to them. I hope I have enough surface area exposed to allow the beads to suck up the moisture.
If it doesn't take up the appropriate amount of water in 2 days I'll take em out and spray them with distilled water.
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I have to figure out how to use my old humidisticks, and other containers that held pg mixture..
Stick size for travel will be something I have to think or read about at CS...
Hmmmm. metal cigar tubes...Drilling involved..I want to avoid drilling because of the, inevitable, jagged edges from bit penetration on the inside of the container. I figure these jagged edges will lead to increased breakage of the beads.
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What are some of your unique ways of holding beads???

Tom
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
Gerard that is one slick way of storing. How is it working out for you?
Have you made any more?
Regards
Tom
 

JD11

Young Chimp
I put mine in one of these.
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It's a spanish cedar holder for the Oasis... I conditioned about 3 to 4 oz of the exact beads you have and just dumped them in. It takes up some valuable space in my 100 ct humi but the stability is worth it..
 

:eevis

ChestBeater
I'm more concerend as to why you had spare womens stockings laying around, sepecially with the "Those were the days" comment after that

Great job though! Especially with the color coding:tu
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
I'm more concerend as to why you had spare womens stockings laying around, sepecially with the "Those were the days" comment after that

Great job though! Especially with the color coding:tu

Good God! they were wonderful days, indeed!!!!. Since 2004 I have a spine injury..Workers comp nightmare...
Does bring a smile to my face, tho :)

Good system. So which sticks are getting the 65's and which are getting the 70's?
I'll be putting the 65 with the short term storage. The daily humidors and travel. The 70 will be in the larger storage containers of the reeferdors.

The beads have not taken on any measurable, by sight, water.
It's been 24 hours...
I'm hoping to not spray the beads. It may come to be that spraying is the easiest way to charge the beads.
This is my first contact with beads.

I've always been successful with 50/50 pg sol. Large floral foam blocks in the large boxes and pucks, drymistat, or the little jars. Had to recharge too often for my taste with the travel and daily storage boxes.
Tom
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
GREAT LINK NCRM....I'll be trying the large credo retro tonight.
I love the idea of using the same space as the credo holder.
Thank you.
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable


Hmmmm,
I am thinking that I can put a bowl of tap water next to my bundles of beads. Keep it in an airtight closure. A Humidor or a Tupperware type piece.

The beads absorb the moisture that the bowl of water gives off in the closed container.
The water, free from minerals and contaminants, will be absorbed by the beads until the beads reach stasis at 65 and 70.

Is what I think accurate???
Thanks
 

etw926

Maturing Primate
Hmmmm,
I am thinking that I can put a bowl of tap water next to my bundles of beads. Keep it in an airtight closure. A Humidor or a Tupperware type piece.

The beads absorb the moisture that the bowl of water gives off in the closed container.
The water, free from minerals and contaminants, will be absorbed by the beads until the beads reach stasis at 65 and 70.

Is what I think accurate???
Thanks

Shouldn't you be using distilled water??
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
Shouldn't you be using distilled water??
No need for distilled because any/all contaminents will be left in the bowl as the water evaporates. just water will be in contact with the beads

If I end up spraying them I will use distilled.
Tom
 

PerpetualNoob

Young Ape
Hmmmm,
I am thinking that I can put a bowl of tap water next to my bundles of beads. Keep it in an airtight closure. A Humidor or a Tupperware type piece.

The beads absorb the moisture that the bowl of water gives off in the closed container.
The water, free from minerals and contaminants, will be absorbed by the beads until the beads reach stasis at 65 and 70.

Is what I think accurate???
Thanks

As a former almost-chemist (long story), the only other thing I would add is that the water has dissolved gasses in it, mostly chlorine. If you put the water on the stove and give it a quick boil, it will be saturated with water vapor, which would displace the other gasses. It won't be distilled, of course, and the minerals will still be in it, but they won't have any transport mechanism to get over to the beads. You could also just leave the tap water in an open container of some kind for 24-48 hours and get pretty much the same effect as boiling, though. The channels in the beads may be sized such that they won't absorb anything except the water molecules, at least in any significant quantity, but I think I would still let the water sit out before exposing the beads to it.
 

tedrodgerscpa

PSHC - Vandy's B*tch
In regards to "conditioning" with tap vs. distilled...

I agree that the majority of the impurities will be left in the glass.

However, given the stable prices for distilled water ($4.00 a gallon of gas vs. $0.99 a gallon for distilled), why not use distilled?

A gallon of distilled keeps my 500+ sticks and beads correctly humidified for the better part of 6-8 months.

PM me your addy and I'll treat for the distilled! 1 Dollar + 0.45 stamp.... I can swing it :tu
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
In regards to "conditioning" with tap vs. distilled...

I agree that the majority of the impurities will be left in the glass.

However, given the stable prices for distilled water ($4.00 a gallon of gas vs. $0.99 a gallon for distilled), why not use distilled?

A gallon of distilled keeps my 500+ sticks and beads correctly humidified for the better part of 6-8 months.

PM me your addy and I'll treat for the distilled! 1 Dollar + 0.45 stamp.... I can swing it :tu

Hmmmm
Is this getting into the negative zone...just cause I chose tap water to use in my first charging of the beads????
WOW!!!
It's probable that I'm just a little dulled to the humor of it all.
If the beads haven't gained any charging tomorrow, I will spray the beads using distilled water.

.................
The tap water is mentioned as a method of charging the beads...Doesn't seem to be working worth a damn..
So tomorrow will be a spritzing with distilled water from a small sprayer.
 

tedrodgerscpa

PSHC - Vandy's B*tch
Hmmmm
Is this getting into the negative zone...just cause I chose tap water to use in my first charging of the beads????
WOW!!!
It's probable that I'm just a little dulled to the humor of it all.


Ummmm, no, there's no negativity at all. I am 100% serious that I'll treat for the distilled.

Negative? Absolutely not. Not even a little bit.


If I were charging my beads using the evaporative method (which is required for Shilala beads, but not so for Heartfelt/Cigarmony beads), I'd hate to accidentally slosh/spill tap water on to the beads...

My entire point was that distilled is wicked cheap. Why not use it for evaporative charging?


Plus, the response and dollar offer were not really meant to insult. I treat CS like home, and am very careful not to take a :BS in the house.





Finally, i keep about a pound of my beads in half of a DPG dress box (yeah, I ripped the top off of a DPG Blue box, I think it was). I covered the box with a knee high stretched all the way across it to keep the beads contained in the event the box gets knocked over.

Because beads perform best with surface area, this is used for the wide open spaces of my vinotemp. Inside the vino are various smaller humis and such, which I keep the correct RH using individual knee highs with beads in them, much as you have described.

I've been gifted a few tubes of beads in my 2+ years here, so i use them where I can, but don't actively seek them out.

Knee high = crazy cheap
 

tedrodgerscpa

PSHC - Vandy's B*tch
Oh, and I PMd you... just wanted to make sure we're on the same page.

In sum... I'm sorry if you perceived my offer to treat for distilled water as negative. It was a sincere offer, not one of malice.
 

TOB9595

Managing the UnManageable
Ted, you're right when it comes down to the cost of distilled water.

It'd be a shame to ruin beads just for not using distilled water in the bowl.
Not so much a matter of cost but of convenience. The distilled was in the basement and the tap was at hand :)
 
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