I never thought when I started to sell humidorsHoliday Humidor Buying Guide. Read more ... » that people would ask me all kinds of cigarHoliday Humidor Buying Guide. Read more ... » related questions. Sure I was all ready to answer questions like the interior dimensions of my humidors or how to[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... » calibrate[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... » a hygrometerWhich Is Better: A Digital Or Analog Hygrometer?. Read more ... », but then the real tough ones started to pour in.
All of the questions below were taken from actual e-mails to me. I have spent a considerable amount of time compiling the answers from a variety of sources. Hopefully you will find the answer to a question that has been on your mind. If not, then please contact us and I will work my butt off to get you the correct answer. Remember, there are no such things as stupid questions.
WHERE SHOULD I PUT MY HUMIDIFIER?
The location of the humidifierDifferences Between Cigar Humidor Humidifiers. Read more ... » doesn’t make a very big difference in smaller, desk top humidorsWhy is Cedar Used in Humidors?. Read more ... », but when it comes to larger humidors, humidifier placement is an important part of maintaining humidityIs It Better To Have One Large Humidor or Multiple Smaller Ones?. Read more ... ». Contrary to popular belief, humid air doesn’t fall to the bottom of the humidorWhy is Cedar Used in Humidors?. Read more ... », it rises. Water vapor molecules weigh less than air molecules so the more humid air will rise to the top of the humidor so you should keep the humidifier on the bottom of your humidor to insure a more uniform distribution of humidity.
HOW DO I GET MY HUMIDIFIER TO STICK ON THE HUMIDOR?
When you install your humidifier[VIDEO] How To Set Up Your New Humidor. Read more ... », make sure you press firm and hard on the metallic plate for two minutes to assure a tight bond. If this is not done, the humidifier might fall off. If your humidifier still falls loose then you can try re-applying using a hot glue gun or any other non-odor emitting glue. Once this is done you can replace the unit and enjoy your smokes.
WHY ISN’T MY HYGROMETER ACCURATE?
An analogWhich Is Better: A Digital Or Analog Hygrometer?. Read more ... » hygrometerProduct Demonstration: Caliber III Digital Hygrometer. Read more ... » uses a bimetal technology that is easily affected by movement. When you first receive a new hygrometer it is imperative that you calibrate[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... » it prior to installing it. You can do this using a salt-test calibration[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... » or using a calibrating kit.
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WHY ISN’T MY HUMIDOR MAINTAINING THE PROPER HUMIDITY?
- The most common reason that humidors[VIDEO] What is a Cigar Capacity Rating?. Read more ... » don’t maintain humidityWhich Is Better: A Digital Or Analog Hygrometer?. Read more ... » is that they were never humidified (or seasoned) before initial use. It is very important that you take the time and effort to humidify or season your humidor[VIDEO] What is a Cigar Capacity Rating?. Read more ... » prior to loading it up with cigars[VIDEO] What is a Cigar Capacity Rating?. Read more ... ». Most humidors are lined in kiln-dried Spanish cedarWhy is Cedar Used in Humidors?. Read more ... » which is dried to about 2% humidity prior to installation.
- Make sure that the lid of your humidor is closing completely. If it is not, then humidity can escape or enter your humidor, resulting in an inaccurate hygrometerWhich Is Better: A Digital Or Analog Hygrometer?. Read more ... » reading.
- Assure that your hygrometer is reading correctly. This can be done by calibrating the hygrometer prior to use.
- Make sure that you are not opening and closing the humidor lid too often. Every time you open the lid of your humidor you are allowing humidity to either enter or escape.
- If your humidor is placed near a heat or cold source it will affect the humidity.
- If the humidor has been recently moved or jostled, the hygrometer might need some time to come to equilibrium.
HOW DO YOU RESTORE A DRY CIGAR?
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. You simply forgot about that nice box of stogies[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... » you had in the back seat of your car for 3 months. Ok, well hopefully you aren’t that absent minded, but you get the idea. I always get asked what you can do to restore dried cigars28 Tips for Traveling with Cigars (as told by you!). Read more ... ».
The most important thing to remember is that restoring a dried cigar28 Tips for Traveling with Cigars (as told by you!). Read more ... » takes time. Lots of time and patience don’t be in a hurry to get the job done.
Take your cigars and put them in a non-humidified humidor28 Tips for Traveling with Cigars (as told by you!). Read more ... ». If this doesn’t exist, then you can use a zip-top bag with some holes poked in it. You want to bring the cigars to a steady humidity level that is much less than 70%. Let them sit in this environment for about 2-3 days.
Take a fresh clean sponge and get it damp with distilled water. Place inside the zip-top bag and allow it to sit there, not touching any cigars, for at least one more week. This will slowly add humidity to the cigars at a rate that will prevent the wrapper from bursting.
After two weeks your cigars should start to look a lot healthier. Put them in your charged, maintained humidor at this point. Don’t smokeBox Pressed Cigars vs. Round Cigars. Read more ... » them yet. Let them rest for while. I would suggest a month or two, just to make sure things are back to normal. Then you can feel free to smoke to your heart’s content.
CAN I SMOKE MY CIGARS RIGHT AFTER I BUY THEM?
Most people will tell you no. The reasoning is that you have no idea when your cigarThe Ultimate Guide to Cigar Oasis Humidifiers. Read more ... » dealer received those cigars[VIDEO] What is an Imperfect Humidor?. Read more ... », and how they were stored before they got them. They might have them on display in a large walk-in humidorProduct Demonstration: The Riviera Cigar Humidor. Read more ... », but they might have been sitting on a loading dock for 3 months before that. The best idea is to allow them to dehumidify properly before smoking them. You can simply place them in your humidor for a day or so and then you should be all set.
DO YOU HAVE TO AGE ALL CIGARS?
Just like wine, aging a cigarCulebras Cigars. Read more ... » adds to the taste, aroma and experience. Most people will buy a box or two of cigarsCulebras Cigars. Read more ... » and place them in their humidorHow to Reuse an Old Humidor. Read more ... ». They smokeA Guide on Candy and Cigars. Read more ... » a few at a time, and age the rest. In fact, many people have separate humidorsHow to Reuse an Old Humidor. Read more ... » for aging. It is by no means necessary to age your cigars, however, it does add to the experience.
Occasionally you will get a box of cigars that have an unpleasant ammoniaWhy Do My Cigars Smell Like Ammonia?. Read more ... » smell to them. This means the tobacco wasn’t finished fermenting prior to being rolled into a cigar. In these rare cases, you will need to age the cigars. Let them sit in a humidor undisturbed for a month or two and then smoke one. If you enjoy the aroma and flavor[VIDEO] How to Infuse Your Own Cigars. Read more ... » then smoke away. If they still reek of ammonia or have a bitter flavor then let them sit for another month or two.
DO YOU REMOVE THE PLASTIC WRAPPER WHEN STORING IN A HUMIDOR?
Daily I get asked, should I remove the wrapper from my new cigarsWhat is Cigar Bloom or Plume?. Read more ... » before I store them in my humidorWhat is Cigar Bloom or Plume?. Read more ... »? The simple answer, it doesn’t matter.
I know, you are confused. You think that the plastic prevents the cigarWhat is Cigar Bloom or Plume?. Read more ... » from getting humidity. Believe me, I understand your confusion, but don’t worry, I’ll explain. Cigars are stored in what is called cellophaneShould I remove the cellophane wrapper from my cigars?. Read more ... ». The cellophane is used to prevent the cigars from being damaged, and deters against flavors mixing. But what many people don’t know is that cellophane is actually a porous material. In other words, it allows humidity to pass through it.
Want an example? Take a cigar in the wrapper and leave it outside your humidor for a week. You might as well throw it away, it will be ruined. The wrapper didn’t hold in the humidity, it did nothing at all really. So it isn’t hard to see how the wrapper doesn’t really affect the humidity of the cigar.
It comes down to personal preference. Some people like them on, some people like them off. The advantages of keeping them on is that your cigar flavors[VIDEO] How to Infuse Your Own Cigars. Read more ... » won’t mingle as much, though you would be hard pressed to notice unless you are an expert. It also is great to cut your cigars with the wrappers on as it keeps the blade clean and sharp much longer.
DO YOU REMOVE THE BAND WHEN SMOKING A CIGAR?
There are very few questions in the cigarWrapping It Up With Big Biv: Arturo Fuente Cigar Review - Sun Grown. Read more ... » community that can start a war, but this is one of them. There are really two schools on this issue, each vigorously defending their side. The real answer is a matter of personal preference. If you do decide to take the band off, you should be very careful. The band is applied with vegetable glue and can easily rip the wrapper leaf when being removed. The best way to do it is to smokeHoliday Cigar Accessories Buying Guide. Read more ... » the cigar for a few minutes, allowing the glue to heat up then slowly slide the band off the cigar.
WHAT IS YOUR HUMIDOR RECOMMENDATION?
This is by far the most common question I receive. For the most part, your choice comes down to personal preference. However, there are a few things you should ask yourself prior to choosing a humidor[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... »:
- The most important question is how many cigars[VIDEO] How to Calibrate a Hygrometer. Read more ... » you want to be able to store. Most first-time humidor buyers initially purchase a small, 25-50 count humidor and then outgrow it within a year. I always recommend buying a larger humidor than you think you will need. It is not a problem to store only a few cigars in a larger humidor, but it is a problem to try and stuff a bunch of cigars into a smaller humidor.
- Another important question is if you want a glass top versus a wood top. There is a common misconception that glass top humidorsProduct Demonstration: The Florence Cigar Humidor. Read more ... » leak humidityIs It Better To Have One Large Humidor or Multiple Smaller Ones?. Read more ... ». All of our glass tops are sealed to the wood portion of the lid so there is no gap in the seal. They maintain humidity just like a wood top. The benefit of a glass top is that you do not need to open it to check your humidity reading.
These two questions will help you narrow down your choices. After that it comes down to aesthetic preference. You are going to be looking at this box every day so choose the one you like the look of. As long as it has a good seal you can’t go wrong.
DO YOU NEED TO SEPARATE CIGARS IN A HUMIDOR?
It really depends on how long you are keeping your cigarsSwisher and Drew Estate Cigar Ideas (told by you!). Read more ... » in the humidor[VIDEO]Product Demonstration: The Newport White Oak Humidor. Read more ... ». For 2-3 months, the answer is no, the flavors will not have a chance to blend together. For 2-3 years, you might want to separate the cigars slightly so the flavor[VIDEO] How to Infuse Your Own Cigars. Read more ... » of each cigarSwisher and Drew Estate Cigar Ideas (told by you!). Read more ... » is not jeopardized. If you do want to separate cigarsWhy Separate Cigars in Your Humidor?. Read more ... » in a humidor, then you will need Spanish cedarWhy is Cedar Used in Humidors?. Read more ... » dividers
If you are storing flavored or infused cigarsWrapping It Up With Big Biv: Booze Bros Rum Stick Cigar Review. Read more ... » it becomes more important to keep them separated. You never want to store regular cigars along with infused cigars. Most people keep a separate “infused only” humidor so that the flavored cigarsA Guide to Infused Cigars. Read more ... » do not meld with the non-flavored ones.