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“kingrude1”I have been wondering why the need for the hack? Is the original design not sufficient? I bought the gold filter and some of the replacement filters, I think I will use as is, and see how much life I get from the filters. 

Kingrude, in your situation you are correct.  There is no need for a liner if you only use the tampon filter material.  The hack is a cure to ease the concerns of gold filter owners who choose to fill their filters with Zeolite 13X micro sieve media for better moisture absorption.  If your compressor has a good water separator tower and moisture dump then very little moisture ever reaches your gold filter. If you have an economy Yong Heng/Tuxing type compressor you need to replace and recharge your factory tampon inserts frequently.  Any dealer who sells a pricey alternative filter has to have a sales pitch.  The hack is to debunk the concerns of those who believe that molecular sieve might damage unlined gold filters. 

Thanks for the explanation Humdinger. Would the zeolite hack be less expensive in the long run than replacing the tampon filters? I understand there is a need to contain moisture from getting into the tanks and ultimately your guns, just seems there has been some exaggeration and fear mongering on this topic with the intent of selling products to the public. 

Exactly.  The source of the fear mongering is not exactly an unbiased source of information.  Some of the claims are unsubstantiated, others are illogical, and some are laughable.  

The answer to your question of micro sieve media vs. tampons is that it depends on your degree of usage.  For me, it’s micro sieve because it not only works more efficiently than the tampon but it is also reuseable by oven drying.  I added a few color changing desiccant beads to indicate when the media needs recharging in an oven.  If you are a frequent tank filler or are using the gold filter with a small compressor which doesn’t dump much of the moisture it generates then micro sieve is the less costly alternative.   I cut my tampons into 3/4″ end caps.  I bought a $15, 3 pound bag of micro sieve media that will last a lifetime, even assuming I replace it after recharging it a couple of times.  These filters only need to be serviced every 10-20 hours depending on how efficient your compressor water separator is at dumping moisture prior to reaching the filter.   Air Venturi and Carettes do a good job, the small ones don’t.   Pyramyd sells the tampons for $8 apiece plus shipping.  I’d rather line my filter for a dollar with plastic laminate and buy one bag of micro sieve that will outlast me and the compressor.