Yes it is a pain to monitor. I use the humi beads and the floral gels (sold at dollar tree) and fill them with distilled water and rehydrate every 4-6 weeks depending on the time of year. I have 15 igloodors for my cigars and this method works ok. But honestly, i should just use the bovedas bc i hate digging through my coolers to find the humibead containers, filling them and then placing them back in. But the bovedas are still a bit pricey so i dont!