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Best Humidifiers for a DIY Meat Curing Chamber

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Choosing the best humidifier is about getting the right device for your meat curing chamber based on size and capacity in my opinion.

There are a few other criteria as well, like making sure it’s ultrasonic (vibrates producing a fine water vapor). It’s a cool fog in other words.

Having one that powers on when the controller is on is key too.

This will be the component that cycles on and off the most to keeps the meat from drying out, but also keeping the meat moisture enough to dry slowly from the inside out.

I’ve been through a few humidifiers and wanted to point you in the right direction from what I have learned.

Best Humidifiers for a Meat Curing Chamber

  1. Homasy (also known as VicTsing) Humidifier
  2. Crane Drop Humidifier

Further Details on the Humidifiers

I created this page because it was struggle to find quality information for building a curing chamber myself, to help, I will get into a bit more detail about each of these products why they well are suited for either smaller or larger DIY curing chambers.

The other decision is to figure out if you want the humidifier inside or outside the chamber.

Why are these the Best Humidifiers for a Curing Chamber?

You are looking at around $50 for either option, but it depends on the space you have in the chamber or if you want to pipe in the moisture externally (if you got the room easier to place it inside).

No.1 Homasy Humidifier – Capacity and Space is a balanced, easy cleaning large refill cap.

No.2 Crane Drop Humidifier Decent tank, 1-2 weeks running time

1. Homasy Humidifier (Medium)

Size: Medium size good for a fridge, maybe a bit big for mini fridge

Capacity: 0.6 gallon or 2L

If you want a quick answer, this is the one you want for a curing chamber.

It’s an all-around great ultrasonic humidifier, well-proven – check out all the reviews on Amazon with this humidifier you can either place it inside the chamber for user exhaust pipe something to come to the moisture in (it can get messy going through a fridge wall though! Easier to put it inside).

Here’s the link on Amazon.

2. Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (Big)

Size: medium good for fridge curing chamber

Capacity: 1 gallon, decent will get a long time out of this

One of my first humidifiers for meat curing was this design, its been around for a long time now.

But as many meat curing home enthusiasts will know, you end up having a look every day to see how those tasty cured meats are going. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on whats going on, especially when you are starting out with a new meat project.

Having the large filling is really helpful for cleaning the inside of the water tank. It’s a simple design that is actually really hard to find on humidifiers for some reason.

Many of the reviews of this humidifier, go on about the build-up inside the tank, this is due to a poor cleaning regime. Once a week is ideal, I have left it for 2-3 weeks sometimes with minimal growth.

Check it out here on Amazon.

Humidifier Designs to Avoid

  • Cool Air Designs (can have sponges which will get moldy)
  • Warm Mist Models (varying conditions inside the chamber too much)


It’s something that many home curers end up getting and plugging into the other control outlet. Sometimes it isn’t needed it really depends on the setup, it’s something that can be added later on.

So doing the tests first with some simple shorter meat curing projects using whole muscle, like braesola, lonza, or dry-cured bacon – is a good way to test the setup.


  1. Hi Tom,
    Building my first curing chamber and purchased a Pure humidifier (different model, but similar).
    My initial test showed if you unplug the humidifier and plug it back in, you need to hit the on/off switch to have it come back on. If using a controller for humidity, that kind of defeats the whole automation process. Do your recommended humidifiers cycle on/off with a controller?
    Thanks, John

    1. Author

      Hey John, can’t say I have seen or used a humidifier that does that? Where you need to push a switch once the controller opens up the circuit.

      Maybe you or a friend who is electrically qualified can bypass that.

      Basically you need a humidifier that’s on ‘full time’ and let the controller turn it off and on.

      Might need another one possibly…

      All the best,

  2. Hey Tom. Great site. I have the same problem with the humidifier as JohnMarracq. I have an AuberSmart 220W controller to regulate the chamber temperature and humidity. Sadly, when the humidifier is powered off by the controller, you have to manually press the “ON” button on the humidifier to start it up again. Clearly a non-starter. Are your humidifier recommendations “always on” when turned on, or will they power off completely?

    1. Author

      yes, haven’t had that issue – there was one that didn’t have the hardwired aspect. That is, no ‘standby’ when power is turned off and on. Thanks to Thierry, it’s got taken off.

  3. I see humidifiers with an onboard humity gauge that should allow it to monitor and compensate for it’s surroundings without an external controller. However the ones I see all have an antibacterial via UV function. Is that going to kill my good bacteria? Should I avoid humidifiers with this feature? Thanks

    1. Author

      Hey, I haven’t come across that before, I just go for ultrasonic humidifiers and that’s about it! Haven’t had issues with the 5 odd units I’ve used. Funnily enough, a friend bought a $30k Stagionella dry fridge for his ‘extensions’. Too many variables have made is a pain in the butt.
      I don’t think UV relates to penicillin, I have a dry aging fridge I am ‘reviewing’, it has the purple light, When its on the dry curing temps and humidity range, the UV light doesn’t seem to nuke the good white mold.

  4. Would you recommend having a combination temp/RH controller?

    Like your site. Thinking about signing up for the dry aging class/whole muscle class.

    1. Author

      Hey, I’ve used the separate inkbird units only, I haven’t used a combined controller. only some hardwired options about 20 years ago! I am sure it can work with the right type. I still like to be able to adjust cuts offs both ways. 2 inputs 4 thresholds.
      All the best, Tom

  5. Could you do a review of humidifiers that can be activiated when systems like the inkbird tell them to activiate or reply to this comment?

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