If you are anything like I used to be, you enjoy a nice cigar every once in a while. As a result, you are looking to get serious about your collection and expand it. However, you don’t know where to even begin. Sounds familiar? Well, I’ve been there, and I’ve had to learn the hard way. The first thing I learned was that using a humidor to store your cigars is a must. In order to help other people learn about this useful device, I decided to gather all the knowledge on the topic that I’ve managed to absorb. The result is this guide. Keep reading in order to learn how to store cigars in a humidor.
What is a Humidor and Why is It Important?
Simply put, a humidor is a container that is specially designed for storing and maintaining cigars. In order to do this effectively, the container has a controlled air flow. In addition, it has a device that maintains its internal humidity within a range that is a appropriate for maitaining cigars.
How to Select a Humidor
In order to select the right humidor for you, take into account the following aspects and my buyer’s guide:
The first thing you should take into account is the humidor’s size. There are humidors of all sizes. A good advice is to get a humidor that is slightly bigger than your think you will need. The reason for this is that, most likely, your collection will grow with time. At any rate, it’s better to have extra space than having to buy a new cigar humidor.
Before deciding on a particular humidor, check its construction. Its surfaces and edges should be perfect and smooth. Its hinges should open and close smoothly and without obstructions. When closed, the humidor should not allow air and humidity to escape the container in an excessive manner.
One of the most important parts of a humidor is the humidification device. Despite being very simple, this device has the huge task of keeping the humidity inside the humidor at an optimal level.
If you have (or expect to have) a large cigar collection, looking for a humidor with a tray is a very good idea. Humidor trays are very useful for organizing and rotating your collection, ensuring that all the pieces in it will be exposed to an equal amount of humidity and oxygen.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Storing Cigars in a Humidor
What to Do
There are some healthy practices you need to be aware of in order to properly store cigars in a humidor:
Check the Temperature
In order to produce the best results possible, the internal temperature of your humidor should be kept between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to achieve this, take the temperature of the room into account. Using a termometer will help you do this.
Place the Humidor in the Right Spot
As previously mentioned, a humidor needs to have a certain range of temperature in order to function correctly. Of course, the temperature of the room where the humidor is placed will play an important role in determining its interior temperature. Other factors such as insulation may also affect the container’s internal temperature.
Charge Your Humidifier
Before it is ready to use, you will need to get the humidifier in your humidor ready. To do this, you will have to charge it with distilled water (or a specialized solution). To do this, follow these steps:
• Remove the humidifier from your humidor.
• Fill the humidifier with distilled water or a specialized solution. Typically, this solution is 50% distilled water and 50% propylene glycol.
• Make sure not to overfill the humidifier. The right amount of liquid will damp it and not soak it.
• Wipe the external area of the humidifier using a cloth.
• Put the humidifier back in its place inside the humidor.
Calibrate Your Hygrometer
A humidor hygrometer is a device that measures the level of humidity in a specific environment. By using it, you will be able to ensure that the level of humidity inside your humidor is perfect. What is more, you will be able to adjust the level of humidity inside your humidor in real time.
In order to keep your humidor working effectively, you will have to perform regular checkups. Here are the aspects you will need to check out:
In order to do its job correctly, your humidor will have to maintain an internal humidity level ranging from 65 to 53 percent RH (relative humidity). To know if it is actually doing so, once in a while, you can use a hygrometer. Depending on its quality and the treatment it is given, your humidor should be able to maintain its humidity levels for prolonged periods of time. However, it’s advisable to check its humidity at least twice every six months.
In order to properly function, all cigar humidors need to be aerated with regularity. Unless, that is, they have built-in ventilators. If your humidor does have this useful feature, make sure to program it in accordance to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the humidor. If not, simply open the humidor’s lid for a few minutes every two days.
A humidor’s temperature can make or break its correct functioning. As previously mentioned, the optimal internal temperature for a humidor ranges from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Setting the temperature to less than this can seriously hinder the natural aging process of the cigar. On the contrary, going above 70 degrees can lead to rot and, even worse, worm or tobacco beetle infestations. As an additional safety measure, you should never allow your humidor to become exposed to sunlight.
It’s important to manipulate your cigar collection as little as possible. Don’t allow other people to go through your collection, particularly if they don’t know what they are doing. If you have children in your house, it may be a good idea to have a lock for your humidor.
There is no doubt that a good humidor is the perfect ally for storing and maintaining a cigar collection. Hopefully, the information provided in this guide will help you find the right humidor and use it correctly. Do you have any comments or questions? Let us know in the comment section below! Did you enjoy this tutorial? Please, share it with your friends!