Congratulations on the purchase of your new humidor!
Your new humidor needs to be prepared properly before any cigars are stored inside. When you unpack it, the wood inside is very, very, very dry, and it will be over-demanding upon the Humidifying System inside. So much so, that your cigars may not get the humidity they need – even in a brand new humidor.
Fine cigars are best when kept at a reasonably cool temperature (around 70 degrees F) and the Humidity should be maintained between 65 – 70 %. Follow these steps to ensure the well-being of your cigars:
PRE-HUMIDIFY THE HUMIDOR INTERIOR: This is easily done by placing a layer or two of plastic wrap (no holes please) on the bottom of the humidor. Take three or four paper towels, fold them, then moisten them with tap water. Be sure they are not dripping, then place them on the plastic in the bottom of your humidor. Do not let these wet paper towels touch the wood, or you could warp the interior. Close the lid of your humidor tightly and let the humidity build inside. It will slowly humidify the dry interior. If the towels are very dry after sitting over-night you might re-moisten them and let it pre-humidify one more night.
Now, fill the humidifying unit that comes with your humidor. Before doing so, feel the weight. First, throw away all the plastic and paper towels. Once you fill the humidier it will be much heavier. We usually use a conditioning fluid for the first fill. This has just enough propylene glycol to keep the humidity from spiking over 70%. Usually after the first fill, we maintain them with distilled water. Caution: After filling any humidifying element that mounts in the lid, be sure to shake off the excess and allow it to sit on the kitchen sink face down. You do not want an over-soaked humidifying element to drip on your nice cigars! The new crystal (silica gel) humidifiers are similar. We usually only use distilled water on ours. Our Glacier Mist Distilled water and Dr. RH solutions have a great algicide that inhibits mold and mildew growth, we heartily recommend it!
NEED HELP? CALL US! Here are some helpful hints for you:
Do not place your humidor in direct sunlight or near a heating duct.
Placing overly dry cigars in your nicely conditioned humidor will take up a lot of extra moisture. You might have to re-fill your humidifiers more often.
Some humidors “breathe” more than others. In dry weather be prepared to refill your humidifiers or buy extra humidifiers to handle the demand. This occurs usually during the bone-dry days of winter.
Avoid too much humidity! If your cigars become spongy after lighting them, that’s a sign that they need less humidity. If you are not confident of your hygrometer, bring it in to us for calibration.
Cutting the cap off your cigar is a great time to assess humidity conditions in your humidor. If the cap crumbles easily in your fingers, gradually build the humidity UP. If the cap rolls like a piece of wilted lettuce, it may be time to remove the humidifying elements and have the hygrometer checked for accuracy. Again call us if you need advice!
A cigar humidor that is over half full will maintain a steadier humidity than a humidor that is sparsely stocked with only a handful of cigars. If your humidor is empty, come see us! We can fix that too!!!
If you need a little extra humidity in your humidor, try one of our silica gel humidifiers. These little jars are inexpensive and can be used over and over again. (up to five years!) Add our Glacier Mist Distilled water or Dr. RH (w/algicide) to ensure less chance of mold or mildew.