yanom wrote:TRB: it seems you're a bit dismissive of the whole idea of increasing humidity levels, but for those of us who live in centrally heated houses where humidity levels can be, say, 40%-50%, what's the alternative?
Not at all dismissive. When i move back to Europe i will have to deal with these issues as well, especially in the winter months when heaters and/or very cold snow days will make the air inside very dry.
That's why i think of room humidifiers - there will be anyhow enough airflow by normal regular airing the room by leaving windows open for a while.
I am just very skeptical over the use of artificially created tropical climates in very small spaces such as a box or cupboard. I have lived about 25 years in the tropics, and know what such a climate can do to stuff when there is not enough air circulation. I have seen almost over night thick layers of mold developing on leather items stored in a box in the rain season, i had books falling apart just from the humidity in badly ventilated hotel and guesthouse rooms in Bombay, mold in camera lenses in jungles - just to name a few examples.
The line between what may me conductive for accelerated aging, and what may turn into a disaster is very thin. I would rather put up with slower aging than with the risk of destroyed teas.