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xiaoming2010 08-08-2010 09:09 PM

If you have an ill-maintained cigar humidor
 
If you have an ill-maintained cigar humidor, chances are, it is sitting on one of your shelf gathering dusts and waiting to be disposed at any given time. But taking away your precious cigar humidor to buy another one would not solve your dusty problem because most probably, after some time, your new cigar humidor might also end up sitting on one shelf and gathering dusts.

Why is there a need for cigar humidor?

Cigars and made from tobaccos. These tobaccos are grown from several countries in the equatorial regions and tropical countries. You could notice that cigars from countries such as Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Indonesia, and especially Cuba are the most perfectly tasting cigars in the world. These countries maintain a good weather for perfect cigars. The humidity in these countries makes cigars to mature and keep moist perfectly. But once cigars are manufactured and left these countries, the quality tends to degrade. As the cigars are shipped from one country to another, they undergo several climate changes and humid shifts. This activity makes poor maturity that destroys the taste of the cigars because only in a controlled environment do cigars can properly mature.

This calls the need for cigar humidor. A cigar humidor a box, usually made from wood, that keeps the cigars moist. With the help of the humidifer, the cigar humidor maintains the relative humidity inside the box and in turn helps cigar to maintain its right moisture to preserve its flavor.

Using cigar humidor for the first time

Most people commit the common mistake of putting their favorite cigars right after the buy their cigar humidor. This is wrong. Why? Because cigar humidors do not have the right humidity needed upon the first use. And if, you are going to use them immediately upon buying, the moist from your cigar will be sucked down by the humidor that would ruin its taste. To avoid this from happening, you need to re-humidify the wood and set it to the ideal humidity.

Maintaining the right humidity inside the humidor

Every cigar humidor has humidifer. Without it, you cannot control the humidity inside the box. To maintain the right humidity inside the humidor, all you need to do is to squirt distilled water or humidification solution (propylene glycol and distilled water) into the humidor periodically. The respectable amount of distilled water or humidification solution is only needed so as not to overfill the humidor. The ideal frequency of adding distilled water to the cigar humidor is once a month but it is still depends on how frequent you use your humidor.

To know whether there is enough humidity, check the hygrometer inside regularly. Hygrometer would tell you if the humidor is keeping the right humidity inside.

Maintaining a great tasting cigar

Cigars mature like wines do. The longer they are kept in a controlled environment, the better they taste. Keep the humidor at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. To know if you are getting the right humidity, your cigar humidor should have the humidifer and the hygrometer. The humidity should be maintained in this temperature with an allowance to go +/-2 degrees. So, the cigar humidor's temperature should range from 68 to 72 degrees.

Maintaining cigar humidor

Keep the humidor away from direct sunlight. Never place an object on top of the humidor. Clean the humidor regularly to avoid tobacco beetles from infesting the humidor.


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