View Full Version : Do I NEED to humidify my babies?

11-08-2014, 02:42 AM
I live in central Delaware - summers are hot, humid and too long. Winters are cool (Not too many days below freezing) and damp. Now, the question is, since We use a wood stove as our only heat source, should I use a humidifier? We always have a kettle on the stove to keep the humidity up.

thanks in advance!


11-08-2014, 03:24 AM
If the heat is on, I humidify all of the instruments.


11-08-2014, 04:19 AM
You must answer this question, yourself. Measure the humidity in your home/music room/... Take heed and govern yourself accordingly.

11-08-2014, 04:22 AM
No you do not have to humidify your instruments. Send them all to me and I will do it for you in my house :shaka:

11-08-2014, 04:32 AM
One word - hygrometer. http://elderly.com/accessories/items/OGH2.htm

$30 for some peace of mind. You are looking for 40% - 60% in the case for a happy uke

11-08-2014, 05:45 AM
One word - hygrometer.
I have three of these in different rooms.


While they may not be 100% accurate (what do you expect for only $10?) I did line them up next to each other for a few days and they all read within 2 degrees/percentage points of each other.

What I like is that they show both the high and low for temp and humidity for the last 24 hours.

11-08-2014, 06:04 AM
No you do not have to humidify your instruments. Send them all to me and I will do it for you in my house :shaka:

This is a tremendously generous offer ... you might take him up on it only for laminates.

Send me the solid wood K brands, Pono's and any antiques you have.

Being in Canada, my ukes stay in the case with a humidifier 24/7.

11-08-2014, 06:45 AM
I'm in Canada too. In the winter I move my main instruments up to my bedroom. The steam from the bath and shower in our on suite bathroom keeps the humidity in our bedroom between 45-50%. I keep a digital hygrometer on the wall of the bedroom to keep an eye on the humidity. The other instruments (which don't get played often) get Oasis humidifiers in their cases because my furnace humidifier struggles to get past 35%.