One of the most frequently asked questions I get this time of year is “I’ve kept nothing in my humidor all winter, how do I get my humidor ready now that spring is here?” I’ll go over what you need to do to get your humidor back in working order and give you some advice so you don’t have to prep your humidor every spring.
If you’ve left your humidor empty for the past few months, there’s a good chance you’ll have to re-season it. Seasoning introduces moisture to the Spanish Cedar inside your humidor, if the Spanish Cedar is not seasoned, it will rob your cigars and humidification device of moisture, leading to dried out cigars.
What you’ll need to season your humidor: A shot glass and distilled water, you can find distilled water in your grocery store in the water section for about $1.
How to season your humidor:
Step 1 – Fill a shot glass with distilled water.
Step 2 – Place the shot glass in your humidor.
Step 3 – Leave the shot glass in your humidor for 24-48 hours or until the humidity spikes to 80% or higher.
Step 4 – Remove shot glass and discard water.
Step 5 – Place humidification device and cigars in your humidor.
You may find that some resources will tell you to spray the humidor down with distilled water, while this method is easier, you do run the risk of promoting mold growth when you do this. Five years or so ago I ruined a 250-count humidor by spraying it down with water instead of properly seasoning it, the mold growth was recurring and ultimately I had to throw it away, a waste of $150.
Some other tips for maintaining your newly revitalized humidor:
- Be mindful of where you keep your humidor. Placing it too close to a heat or air conditioning source can have a negative effect on your humidity.
- Try to keep your cigars around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature is as important as humidity in maintaining the health and flavor of your cigars.
- Keep your humidor reasonably full. This can be difficult depending on how much or how little you smoke, but your cigars actually help regulate humidity themselves. If you only have a few cigars in a large humidor, your humidity will be suffer.
The easy way to avoid having to prep your humidor each year is to keep cigars year-round. As long as your humidor is properly maintained, your cigars won’t dry out and cigars don’t go bad, in fact you may find the flavors have been enhanced after a few months of rest. I highly recommend Boveda packs if you’re looking to keep cigars during months when you won’t be in and out of your humidor. Boveda packs last roughly 2 to 3 months and require no maintenance.
If you have an questions please do no hesitate to call me, email me, or stop by the shop with any problems you may have regarding your humidor.