Seasoning a Cigar Humidor
Hi, this is Leland with BestCigarPrices, and today we’re going to show you how to set up a humidor properly. It’s a question I get more often than not and it takes only a few ingredients and just a few simple steps. But first it’s going to be seasoning your humidor.
When you season your humidor, you’re actually creating a barrier of humidity within the humidor that helps regulate and maintain the humidity, and as we all know you do want to keep your cigars between 65 and 75%. Now to season your humidor, there are a few different ways. The easiest is actually using a Boveda seasoning pack. They’re preset to 84% humidity. All you have to do is plop it in your humidor, close it up, wait 10 to 14 days, open it back up, and it’s ready to be set for all your cigars.
Now most of us don’t have 10 to 14 days to store our cigars somewhere else. So most people choose the wipe-down method, but the wipe-down does take a little more care. For the wipe-down we’re actually going to be using distilled water, but you can also use propylene glycol. It is nice in the fact that it does inhibit mold growth. Most people do use a 50/50% mixture but feel free to use either.
Now when actually applying the distilled water or propylene glycol, you’re going to want a nice clean rag. I see a lot of people using sponges, but unfortunately the thing with sponges is that they have a lot of chemicals and solvents within them which will absorb into the wood and can create mold and bad taste in your cigars over time. So with a small bowl, we’re just going to dampen our rag and make sure to wring out any excess water. You want it just wet. What happens if any extra water starts to pull into your humidor, you can create warping of the wood or mold.
All you need to do is wipe down the entire inside of your humidor, making sure to hit every edge and corner. And as you can see, the wood will turn a slightly darker color tone to it, and that’s exactly what you want. You don’t want too dark because that means you’re going to be putting in way too much water. So you can wipe down the tray and also the complete inside of the humidor. You’re going to want to do that for two days. So on the first day, just go ahead and wipe it down. Come back the next day and once again go ahead and finish with your wipe-down.
After two days your humidor will be nicely seasoned and ready to go, but you won’t be able to know the actual humidity unless you have a hygrometer which we actually have a digital Xikar hygrometer which also tells the temperature which is a nice feature. But for humidifiers you can use a couple different things. Again, Boveda, being the easiest, makes a couple preset of 65, 69, 72, and 75% Boveda packs that all you need to do is, once again, toss it right in your humidor, close it up, and it’s all set for usually about three months, depending on how big your humidor is.
This Taj Mahal Craftsman Bench holds about 110 cigars. So we’re going to want something a little bit beefier. We do have an already filled Xikar humidification unit. The nice thing about it, they use a crystal solution in here which actually acts as a self-regulating humidification unit. It helps release humidity and also takes in humidity when it gets too high which is nice for somebody who doesn’t always have the time to check on their humidor. But we find what oftentimes works just as well is just the simple beads that you’re going to want to soak in either distilled water or, again, your propylene glycol solution which, again, does help inhibit that mold. Soak it for about 45 seconds to a minute and shake out all the excess water.
It’s quite an easy process and only takes a couple days if you’re looking to do the wipe-down method. That’s all about it, and I look forward to hearing from you on the phone.