Keeping Your Cigars Well-seasoned With a Humidor
Refrigeration preserves food. Regular conditioning keeps leather shiny and supple. Ancient Egypt's mummies were preserved through rubbing them in special oil and then wrapping them in cloth. So how can hard-to-come by, expensive Cuban cigars be preserved? By using a humidor. This handy device controls the amount of humidity surrounding the cigars or other tobacco products of your choice.
More Than Just A Box
At first, a cigar humidor might appear to be just an ordinary box. A humidor is made out of wood. Frequently the interiors are carved from gorgeous Spanish cedar. However, the humidor is much more than just a regular box. They are mainly used to store cigars. However, they can also be used to maintain and age cigars. They can also be used as furniture. Some people even pass their humidor down as a valued family heirloom from generation to generation.
The perfect range of humidity to store cigars is 68 to 72 degrees. Room temperature is generally in the rage of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Typically, a hygrometer is included with a humidor. This measures the amount of humidity inside the box. To maintain an optimal humidity range, the hygrometer removes or inserts moisture to the inside of the box.
Season Your Humidor
So after you first buy a humidor should you immediately begin stashing your cigars inside? No, you shouldn't. New humidors need to be seasoned first. So do humidors that haven't been in use for a long time. Humidity is added by a humidor for the cigar's environment. Skipping this step would result in cigars drying out due to the wood absorbing the moisture. Like I mentioned before, the interior of a humidor is usually made out of cedar.
How To Season A Humidor
Why would you want to season a cigar humidor? The seasoning provides the humidor with an atmosphere that is similar to tropical weather. The tropics are where most cigars are produced. Follow these step by step instructions to season your humidor:
- Get out a new sponge and soak it in distilled water. Scents or soap should not be used. Also, tap water shouldn't be used because there are minerals contained in it that could possibly damage your humidor.
- Wipe down all exposed wood, including the dividers and the inside lid. Don't use paper towels or a fraying cloth. The wood could get damaged if you do.
- Use additional distilled water to spray the sponge with. Place the sponge on a plastic bag inside the humidor. The plastic bag helps to keep the sponge from directly touching the wood.
- Wipe down the humidifying tool after it has filled. Then place it onto a hand towel for approximately half an hour.
- With the humidifying tool and wet sponge inside the humidor, close the lid and allow it to sit overnight.
- The humidifying tool should be refreshed the next day. Add more distilled water to the sponge if it is just somewhat dry.
- Allow the humidor to sit for another night. Then take the sponge and plastic bag out.