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14
Apr

Humidification systems for a humidor

If you’ve bought a humidor, why would you need to add a secondary humidification system? It may sound counterintuitive, but if you’re in this situation, you know that humidors don’t always do their jobs perfectly. Sometimes they simply are not very efficient. As a rule, you want your humidity level to be somewhere around 68-72%.

Some humidors will run a little lower than that, and may need a boost. Other times, they may run around the lower end of that range, and you might prefer a bit more humidity (72% instead of 68% for example). Or you might have a humidor with a seal that isn’t perfect, and lets some of the humidity leak out. Perhaps you have an older humidor that you bought or inherited, and it simply doesn’t work as well as it could. You also may have dryness problems if you suddenly add a big batch of dry cigars to your humidor. Those cigars will suck all the humidity right out of the air, which can then ironically cause all your stogies to dry out.

Whatever your situation, you can give your humidifier a boost (or simply a replacement…) by adding a humidification system. There are a number of low-cost products you can buy which will help you to maintain the humidity level that you want. These are all cheap, easy solutions, and they can save you money if you don’t want to replace your humidor. Let’s take a look at some popular products and their pros and cons.

Xikar Crystal Gel Humidifier

Xikar Crystal Gel Humidifier

This product for 50 cigars is one of the least expensive we looked at. You can purchase it in the $10-$15 range. You can use it for up to 50 cigars in a volume of 500 cubic inches. It is designed to provide a humidity level of 70%. The solution is contained inside a clear polycarbonate case for convenience.

As with most of the items presented in this article, you’ll need distilled water or a propylene glycol solution (for example the Xikar Activation Solution) to maintain the efficiency. You can also use the 50/50 Stogie’s mix which seems to work well.

Pros:
  • The case keeps the gel from getting messy.
  • There is a magnet which you can use to attach it under the lid of your humidor.
  • It is inexpensive.
  • Works great for months before you need a refill.
Cons:
  • Case may get moldy.
  • Some people reported it didn’t work for them.

Visol Products VAC700 Humidifier

Visol Humidor Humidifier

This is an actual humidifier which you can add to your humidor or replace the one that initially came with it. It is still very reasonably priced in the $13-$18 range. It is available for small, medium, and large humidors, which provides some great flexibility. It is made of stainless steel, so it will not rust, and uses distilled water, propylene glycol or the 50/50 mix.

Pros:
  • A magnet makes this humidifier easy to attach inside your humidor.
  • Aside from the foam (which may need replacement), this product should last a very long time before needing replacement (perhaps forever).
  • Can be tricky to refill, and your cigars may catch a few drops.
Cons:
  • If you use PG or the 50/50 mix, you will have an ongoing cost.
  • This device may take a little extra maintenance. You have to be prepared to refill it regularly.

Boveda 72% RH 2-Way Humidity Control

Boveda 72 RH Humi-packs

One of the easiest solutions you are going to find are these little Boveda packets. You can buy four of them in a pack for around $14-$20. You need 2 of these packs for every 50 cigars. They do not require distilled water or PG. The reverse osmosis membrane releases nothing but pure water vapor into the air in your humidor, which means that your cigars will not have their flavors adversely impacted. If your humidor starts to get too humid, the packets will absorb the excess humidity, which is what makes them a 2-way solution (very cool).

Pros:
  • Easy to use, maintenance-free and hassle-free.
  • Do not require activation.
  • You can buy as many as you need for however many cigars you have.
  • Will not alter cigar flavors.
  • Will maintain your humidity level with 2-way performance.
Cons:
  • Hard to think of any, except that you would need to keep on buying these over time. Most of these solutions are in that category, though.

DryMistat Humidor Humidifier Tubes

Drymistat Humidification Tubes

This is one of the most highly rated and popular products. You can purchase a 2-pack for $10-$15. Each tube is filled with PG-charged crystals. You add water, place them in your humidor, and they will maintain a 70% humidity level. They are roughly the same size and shape as a Churchill cigar, which makes them easy to fit in your humidor without taking up unnecessary space. I have actually used these packs as a temporary solution and they worked great.

Pros:
  • Easy to maintain and use. They can last you for a couple of months before they need replacement.
  • Use as many as you need for the number of cigars you have.
  • They fit nicely in the humidor.
Cons:
  • Still more work than the Boveda packs (since the tubes need activation).

Which Is Best?

It would be impossible to pick a single “best” solution for all humidors, but I would definitely highly suggest checking out those Boveda packs if you are all right with something you will need to replace every now and again. Their two-way functionality is genius, and I love that they do not impart any unwanted flavors on the cigars. The DryMistat tubes also look quite good. Really, though, I doubt you could go wrong with any of these humidifiers. They all will do a great job of keeping your cigars around the 70% level.

Don’t Forget to Season Your Humidor

Finally, I want to close out by reminding everyone (especially our beginners reading this) that you need to season your humidor in order for any of these solutions to work properly. Take your new humidor and wipe it down with a sponge (use distilled water only, not tap water!). Wipe down all the surfaces, then put some distilled water in a glass. Put it inside the humidor along with your humidifying solution, close it, and come back the next day. When the humidity level has stabilized between 68-72% (wherever you want it), you can remove the glass. Also be sure that your hydrometer is calibrated so that you are getting an accurate readout! Good luck, and be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions about maintaining humidity in your humidor.

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12
Sep

How to get rid of unwanted smells in a humidor?

Recently we received the following question from one of our readers:

“I’ve been storing some cinnamon-flavored cigars in my humidor and, even one month after I removed them, the humidor still smells of cinnamon, which is affecting my other cigars. How can I get this smell out?”

There are a lot of cases where something like that may happen. Maybe you have a situation similar to our reader’s, and some stogies you stored with a particularly strong aroma are starting to affect the other cigars. Or maybe you just bought a brand new humidor and the cedar smell of the wood is particularly strong, and that is impacting the flavor and aroma of your cigars. Or perhaps you were using your humidor for some other storage application, and whatever you had in there previously left an odor behind it.

Whatever the situation, there is a solution! Or several solutions, as it turns out.

  • Let it air out. Sometimes, this is all it takes! Just leave the humidor open for a few days and let the smell die down. This works very well with new humidors that have an overly strong wood smell and can work great in other situations too. Placing the humidor outdoors during this process can work very well so long as you do not need to worry about precipitation.
  • Wipe down the inside of the humidor with isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol. You do not need to use a lot. Wait for the box to dry (leave it open so that it can air out thoroughly). After about a day, the aroma will hopefully be gone.
  • Baking soda may also do the trick. You may already use this to keep odors out of your fridge. Keep it in a container so that it doesn’t spill, and take out your cigars before you place the baking soda inside. Remove the baking soda as soon as the odor is gone and put your cigars back. This process could take up to a week, but it works great for a lot of odors.
  • Try a glass of whisky or brandy. If airing out the humidor doesn’t get rid of the smell, this non-conventional tactic may work to clear out the old smell. The “drawback” is that the new smell will linger for a long time even after you take the glass out again. The reason I say “drawback” is because some people actually like the impact this has on their cigars, and deliberately put a few drops of whisky in their humidors whether they need to get rid of an odor or not. Close the humidor when you try this technique.
  • I’ve also heard people say that placing thinly sliced potatoes inside a closed humidor for a few days can also help you get rid of unwanted smells. Disclaimer: I haven’t tried this technique.

As you can see, there are a number of different options you can try, so there is no need to give up on your old humidor. Just be sure to take care of your cigars during the process. In the future, it would be wise to store flavored cigars elsewhere (this part you have probably figured out on your own!).

What tricks have you used to successfully clear out unwanted odors from your humidor? Please share in the comments below!

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06
Jun

Cigar Inspector & CheapHumidors.com contest

Hello cigar aficionados! Today we teamed up with our friends from CheapHumidors.com to give you a chance to win an engraved humidor filled with 10 quality cigars (including a Brickhouse, an Undercrown, and an Ortega Serie D), a cutter and a lighter – a great starter’s kit or a secondary humidor.

In order to enter, have a look at the widget below. You can get multiple entries by answering cigar-related questions or sharing the contest both on Facebook and Twitter. Just click on one of the buttons below “Enter now” to get started. Good luck!

PS Contest is open to US residents of legal smoking age. The winner will be chosen at random in 10 days.

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14
Mar

Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Chris asks:

I recently started smoking cigars and I feel it’s time to buy my first humidor. Which one should I choose?

At some point fairly early on in your journey as a newbie cigar smoker, you are going to need to look into buying a humidor. The need will strike you when you start browsing in your cabinets for cigars to smoke and find yourself running across dried-up or moldy cigars that have suffered from the natural climate of your home. Some cigars that have not been well cared for can be salvaged, but many cannot, and no matter what, they will lose at least some of their quality.

Once you know you love smoking cigars, it becomes a necessity to buy a humidor and save your cigars from this unhappy fate. Yes, if you have a very small collection, you can keep them in zip-lock bags. If you have a cooler you do not use for other purposes, you can even use that as a humidor, but it will never function as well as a real humidor. Ultimately, protecting your cigars by keeping them in a climate-controlled environment saves you money, so you can think of a humidor as an investment. When you purchase a humidor, you will need to think about type, material, size, and price.

What Type of Humidor Do You Need?

There are several main types of humidors. Odds are the third type is what you will be purchasing.

Room Humidor

  • Room humidors. You probably do not need a room humidor—unless you have transformed overnight from a total newbie to a serious cigar collector or you have suddenly set out to run your own cigar distribution store. A room humidor is exactly what it sounds like: a room which serves as a gigantic humidor.
  • Cabinet humidors and table humidors. If you are quickly accumulating hundreds or thousands of cigars, you may need one of these units. Both are large and heavy and constitute furniture items. You may work your way up to this at some point in the future.
  • Personal humidors. This is probably what you want. If you have a few dozen cigars, a personal humidor is just the right size. It takes up minimal space, and keeps your cigars in a controlled environment.
  • Portable humidors. This type of humidor can only hold around a dozen stogies, but it is great if you want to bring a few smokes with you while you are on the road.

Common Humidor Materials

What should your humidor be made from? There are a lot of different options out there. Typical choices for modern humidor exterior design include wood board, acrylic glass, metal, or wood. Glass tops are common, because they allow you to see what is inside, allowing the humidor to double its function as a display case. You may even run into some more exotic materials like marble (common for the table or cabinet humidors I talked about above) or even leather. The prime choice for the interior is almost always going to be Spanish cedar, however. Spanish cedar is quite a special type of wood, because it can retain its strength and shape in humid conditions which would damage other varieties of wood. If you get a humidor with a Spanish cedar interior, it will stand the test of time.

How Much Space Do You Need?

How many cigars do you actually have, and how many do you expect to accumulate in the near future? A single box of cigars generally holds around 25 stogies. Count up your boxes and multiply by 25 to estimate how many cigars you actually own, and then decide on a type of humidor based on that number. Most newbie smokers will buy a personal humidor to start with. Check the dimensions for any unit you are looking at, and as a rule, buy slightly more space than you believe is necessary. Odds are you will underestimate the number of cigars you are likely to accumulate. Many cigar smokers are surprised how swiftly their collections grow!

How Much Will It Cost?

As a newbie cigar smoker, you may balk at the idea of going out and buying a humidor because humidors are expensive … right? Not as bad you might think. Yes, a lot of cigar humidors cost hundreds of dollars (especially the table and cabinet humidors). But the cost depends on a lot of factors, including the design, material, and capacity. If you want a large humidor, or one with fancy materials or design, you will probably be looking at a high expense. If however you are fine with a smaller model with a simpler design and less expensive materials, you may be able to purchase a starting humidor for as low as $40 to $60. A portable humidor may run you as little as $20. And if you shop used, you may be able to save even more.

Where to buy? I usually recommend CheapHumidors if you’re based in the US/Canada or HumidorDiscount if you’re in Europe. Amazon can be a good source as well. Visit our retailers directory for even more shops specialized in cigar accessories.

What Do I Do Now?

Now that you have your first humidor, what do you do with it to get it running and set up properly? First off, you’re going to need to stock up on a couple of other supplies: a hygrometer and a thermometer. These help you to measure your humidity and temperature to make sure that your humidor is functioning at its best. Also pick up some humidor beads. What are these for? They help to stabilize the humidor’s temperature and humidity level.

Next, wipe down the interior using distilled water. Close your humidor, and go do something else for the next hour. Check back to make sure it is dry. Now go and get a glass and put some distilled water in it. Add that along with the beads, and come back the next day. You want your humidity level to be somewhere between 68-72% (anywhere in that range is fine), and the temperature at 65-70° Fahrenheit. The glass of water can come out, but when the humidity drops below 68%, you will need to add a new one, so leave a little room in your humidor for the water glass. Once the temperature and humidity are stable, you are good to go. You can put them in the humidor in their boxes or individually. Individually is better, because cardboard cigar boxes can promote mold growth. Good luck purchasing your first humidor, and let me know below if you have any questions I can answer!

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20
Sep

How to deal with mold

Question from a reader:

I got some white small spots on my cigars and also in the humidor, most likely it’s mold. Can you please help me with a few tips?
Dan

One day you go to get a cigar out of your humidor and you notice something: there is a change in the appearance of your cigars. Maybe you see some fuzzy patches on your cigar wrappers, or perhaps some white spots on the cigars or the sides of the humidor. You immediately have a sinking feeling — could your cigars be ruined by mold? What can you do to identify, prevent, and remove mold from your cigars?

Is it Mold or Bloom?

First things first. You need to figure out whether the “mold” on your cigars is really mold or not. It could just as well be something else called bloom, or plume. As the oils in your cigar rise slowly to the surface, they crystallize at the top, giving a “dusted” appearance to the wrapper of your cigar. As bloom progresses, you will see whiteness coating your cigar—usually fairly evenly, though there may still be some spottiness to it.

Note that sometimes bloom does not form evenly. Sometimes it will take the form of white spots. If your cigar has white spots, it may be bloom and it may be mold. Look at the texture of the spots. If they look hairy or fibrous, they are mold. If they look crystalline/dusty, they are probably bloom. You can find a comparative picture in this article about cigar wrappers.

Bloom on cigars is not a problem. In fact, some cigar smokers prefer their cigars to have bloom.

Mold on the other hand is a fungus which appears on cigars when your humidor’s environment isn’t being properly maintained. Once the humidity level exceeds 80%, mold may start to form on the wrappers and the sides of the humidor. Look for telltale patches of blue or grey, green or white fuzz.

What to Do About Mold

If all you have is bloom, you don’t need to do anything about it. But if you have mold, take the moldy cigars and set them aside so the mold doesn’t spread to your other stogies, and wipe down the humidor’s interior walls using an isopropyl alcohol solution. The mold will be killed by the alcohol. Unfortunately, the mold may leave permanent stains on the humidor’s walls.

When you wipe down your humidor, if you do not see any stains, you may have only had bloom, but it’s not a guarantee. If you do see stains, that’s an additional sign you do have mold. You can actually still smoke the moldy cigars (if the mold is white; if it’s green or blue it’s most likely that the cigar is lost), as long as the mold hasn’t spread to the interior. First you will want to kill that mold, though. You may be able to accomplish this by keeping the cigars outside your humidor for 36 hours and then putting them back inside. If you are feeling more aggressive, you can put them in the freezer.

Prevention Measures

You don’t want this to happen again, so reduce the humidity level in your humidor to around 72%, and make sure the temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Some fluctuation is fine, as long as things stay within a reasonable range (about 66-79%). Outside that range, you’ll encounter problems with freshness. If your humidor is malfunctioning, you may have to replace it. Check on your cigars regularly to ensure your problem is solved.

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20
Mar

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18
Feb

“LINK TO SEE MORE INFORMATION AT AMAZON UK: www.amazon.co.uk Technical Details Gift set containing a humidor, an ash tray, and a cigar cutter Humidor holding up to 30 cigars depending on their size Carbon effect furnish on the outside with black edges 1 sponge humidifier with magnet holder 1 divider / mutable divided wood”

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May

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Mar

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I’ve received several questions lately regarding tubo cigars storage. I decided it was time to write a short article about this aspect of cigar care. Of course, feel free to add your insight in the comments area.

You’ve purchased a cigar and it came in one of those little storage tubes called tubos. Now you’re wondering whether you need to put your cigar in the humidor or whether the tubo is sufficient to keep it fresh. If you do need to put the cigar in the humidor, does that mean you do or don’t still need the tubo?

The key to answering this question is to look at what the tubo is really used for. While the tubo might look like it’s intended to keep the cigar fresh, its main purpose is actually just to protect your cigar from physical damage. The tubo makes it easy to carry your cigar around without worrying about dinging it up. While a tubo will temporarily keep your cigar from drying out, it won’t do it for longer than several days since tubos are not airtight (in the vast majority of cases). This would be useful if you purchased a cigar while travelling, for example, and you needed to keep the cigar fresh for a few days before you could return home to place it in your humidor. Or perhaps you’re traveling and just want to save the cigar for a couple days later on your trip—either way the tubo has you covered.

If on the other hand you’ll be storing your cigar for longer than several days, you will need to place it in the humidor or it will indeed dry out. Your next question is probably whether you should store the cigar in the humidor with the tubo on or not. There is no hard and fast rule on this, but generally speaking you need to maintain airflow to your cigar. You can either remove the cigar from the tubo entirely before placing it in the humidor, or you can leave the cigar inside the tubo but keep the cap of the tubo off. href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/davidoff">Davidoff Cigars has recognized the importance of airflow when storing cigars by designing a tubo which reveals a slit for airflow when you twist it.

If your cigar isn’t going inside a humidor and you’re planning to smoke it in a few days, then be aware that an aluminum tubo won’t preserve freshness as long as a corked or sealed glass tubo. Also, if you leave the tubo out in the sunlight or under any heat source (even just a lamp), your cigar will dry out faster.

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28
Sep

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