Maintaining the environment within your humidor will require the use of several cigar accessories. You obviously need a thermometer and a hygrometer. You also need an electronic humidifier for larger humidors.
However, the solution used in your humidifier is just as important as having the electronic device in the first place. If you only use distilled water, then you are not going to be able to maintain the humidity levels properly, and your cigars will suffer for it. Instead, you should use a solution with both distilled water and propylene glycol like our Cigar Humidor Activator Solution.
Why should you use a propylene glycol solution rather than just pure distilled water? While you can use plain distilled water, there are some advantages to using a solution with propylene glycol. This type of solution works in two different ways.
When your humidor becomes too dry, propylene glycol will release absorbed moisture into the area. However, when there is too much humidity, propylene glycol actually absorbs the excess, keeping the environment stable. Another benefit is that propylene glycol will inhibit the growth of mold, which can be a significant problem in humidors that are not properly maintained.
It’s no secret that mold is not a good thing for fine cigars and will make them unusable. Once mold has a foothold in your humidor, it can also be very hard to get rid of, so protecting against it from the outset is important. Using our Cigar Humidor Activator Solution, which is a perfect 50/50 mixture of distilled water and propylene glycol, will keep mold from getting a foothold in your humidor.
While using Cigar Humidor Activator Solution is a step in the right direction, you still need to pay attention to other things to create the ideal humidity for your cigars. For instance, you still need to make sure that you have a good hygrometer in your humidor.
If you want the most precise readings, then you should choose a digital hygrometer. An analog hygrometer will also work, but your readings will be less precise.
You also need to make sure that you check the humidity levels in your humidor every two weeks or so. Checking on a more frequent basis should be done in very dry areas, or if you suspect your humidor’s seal is not working properly.
Cigar Oasis electronic humidifiers, featuring models that can humidify from 75 up to 10,000 cigars, should be on your short list for a hands-free, low maintenance solution to cigar care. With four models, and a complete redesign for 2014, choosing the right one can be a little confusing and overwhelming. The purpose of this guide […]