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Salt for calibrating a hygrometer

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by julieb41, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. julieb41

    julieb41 Out Of The Brooder

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    The info on calibrating a hygrometer says to use Morton Canning salt, but I'm in the UK and can't find it, or any kind of canning salt. Can I use table salt, or sea salt instead?
     
  2. BobMcDuff

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    I am researching this myself, i think regular table salt is fine, but I did read not to use iodized salt, didn't get a clear response yet as to the effect it would have on a reading. Anyone smarter then i?
     
  3. julieb41

    julieb41 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've found info on calibrating hygrometers on cigar websites which say regular table salt is fine, so I will go ahead and use that.
     
  4. chmby

    chmby New Egg

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    I recently calibrated my humidity controller. First time I failed by than I tried to do it in a different way:

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    IMO such method is better than using plastic bags.
     
  5. lazy gardener

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    That works as long as your hygrometer has a probe, but won't work if it doesn't!
     
  6. Drewnkat

    Drewnkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put my hygrometer in a bag with a container of salt/water slurry about 3 hours ago. It's registering 72% humidity.

    Am I right that this is pretty decent? Should I wait a couple more hours?

    Is a couple points off one way or the other worth being concerned over?
     
  7. lazy gardener

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    The purpose of calibrating a hygrometer is to find out exactly how far off it is. Did you follow the directions exactly regarding how much water and how much salt? If so, then you take the percentage you get, and compare it to what it is supposed to read. If it is supposed to be 75%, and yours says 73%, then you know that yours reads 2% low. I've never calibrated a hygrometer. But, the calibrated number means nothing if you don't use it. I do use a hygrometer (Incutherm) and am satisfied using that number along with keeping an eye on air cell size.
     
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  8. Pipe Dreaming

    Pipe Dreaming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in the process right now of calibrating 2 hygrometers for the 2nd time. The first time (yesterday) I used regular iodine salt...then read somewhere not to use it. I have some Kosher salt so back in the bag they sit. I'll know in a few more hours just how much of a difference the 2 salts will make for me. I'm guessing it will be minimal.
    Drewnkat: I'd wait a couple more hours..it might go up even higher. It's very hard for me to be patient and when I get close to 75 I want to pull them out...but you have to give them time because they could go over..then you'd have to adjust down however many percent they are over 75.
    My problem is I just don't trust them. It seems if I have 2 hygrometers even though they read a little different from each other...the spread between the 2 should always be the same right? Well they're not. It's making me crazy.
     
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  9. Pipe Dreaming

    Pipe Dreaming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They both were 2% less with Kosher salt vs. iodine salt for me. Not a huge difference. I'm done calibrating. Setting eggs either late tonight or in the morning.
     
  10. Drewnkat

    Drewnkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I did wait another hour or so, just left it while I cooked supper.

    It went up to 74%. I'm satisfied.

    Not too shabby for a device ordered off Amazon that cost about ten bucks. The humidity in there has been around 25-30%, I'll candle again around day 14, and see if we need more humidity or the air cells are normal.
     

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