How to Season a Humidor
Seasoning your humidor is an important step that needs to be taken when setting up your humidor or any time you find the humidity struggling to keep consistent.
Seasoning Your Humidor
Congratulations on your humidor! Allow us to help you prepare for your cigars. Once you have received your new humidor, DO NOT put cigars directly inside as it has an interior of untreated Spanish cedar, the preferred wood for humidifying and aging premium cigars. The wood needs to be humidified, or seasoned, before the box is ready to hold cigars.
To season your humidor , take a new sponge – make sure it is unscented and free of soap – and wet it with a liberal dose of distilled water. Wipe down all the exposed wood, including dividers, and the interior lid. Avoid using a paper towel of a fraying cloth; these will literally leave a paper trail on the wood. After you wiped down the wood, dampen the sponge with more distilled water, place it inside the humidor on a plastic bag – to avoid direct contact with the wood – and close the lid.
Next you need to prepare your humidification device. If you are using the humidification packs, such as Boveda, all you need to do is open the packet(s) and place inside humidor. All other devices use either Distilled water or Propylene Glycol (PG) solution depending on the device your using. Do not use tap water because the minerals contained in it will destroy most humidification systems by leaving deposits that will clog the humidifying element as well as potentially introducing bacteria that will grow. Once the humidification device is filled, be sure to wipe it down to remove all the excess liquid. Rest it on a hand towel for approximately 30 minutes. Close the humidor with its humidifying element and the damp sponge and leave it overnight. The next day, refresh the humidification device (It may not need it) and check the sponge. If it is fairly dry add more distilled water. If it is very damp, leave it alone. Let the humidor sit another night, then remove the sponge and plastic bag. The walls of the humidor have now absorbed all the water they need, and now you can safely store your cigars.
Cigars must be kept in a properly humidified environment. The correct ambience is between 65–72% relative humidity and at a temperature of 70℉. The perfect humidity depends on if you are storing for a long time or are expecting to smoke them soon. Large or rapid fluctuations in either temperature or humidity may cause swelling and cracking of the cigar wrapper. The humidity regulators or humidifiers offer a controlled environment to keep a constant humidity. Remember to keep your humidor as far away from a radiator, heating vent, or sunny window as possible.
Using Your Humidor
Over time the relative humidity level inside your humidor will slowly decline as water evaporated into the surrounding environment. Therefore, it is important to recharge your humidifier on a periodic basis. To recharge the humidifier, simply take it out of your humidor and drip either distilled water or PG solution into the holes of the unit until it can no longer absorb additional moisture. Once the humidification device is filled, be sure to wipe it down to remove all the excess liquid, put humidifier back into the humidor. Refill the humidifier when the hygrometer indicates a relative humidity below 70%. When using a humidification pack replace when pack is dried up.