To help your cigars maintain a proper level of relative humidity, use a humidifier. The best way to make sure your cigars have an optimum level of relative humidity is to buy humidified cigars. This will keep your cigars at a constant level of humidity and your cigars’ flavor and aroma will be more pleasant to the nose. Always read the instruction sheets or the instruction booklet or even better, order your cigars online and keep the humidor and hygrometer nearby so you can monitor your cigars’ level of relative humidity all year round.
Keeping Cigars Dry
As with a humidor, it is important that you keep the cigars dry, which is the most important factor in maintaining a humidor’s ideal humidity level.
The lower the humidity level the faster the cigars will deteriorate and lose their flavor. That’s why a humidifier is used which raises the humidity level within the humidor to 80-85%. Also keep in mind that cigars aged for years in a humidor can deteriorate more quickly, which makes the need to keep a stable humidity level an important part of good storage. So, always keep a humidity level in your humidor as high as possible and keep a humidity gauge in the box since it’s always a good idea to be able to check in on it regularly.
That’s fine if you just want to smoke and enjoy, but if you plan to store them for a long time, you don’t want to have them dry out in between using them. Keeping a humidor in your home, while not needed for most uses due to the fact that you don’t want to turn your home into a swamp, can be a very nice bonus if you plan to keep a lot of your cigars humid.
I’ve used a few different humidors over the years, and while they’ve all kept my cigars fresh, they never started out looking good! At some point a cigar would need a new humidor in order to keep them fresh. Unfortunately, the older a cigar gets, the more likely they need one. The same is true for cigars that are stored for too long. The older the cigar, the better they get.
In an ideal situation, it would be ideal that the humidifier in the humidor comes with a hygrometer that can automatically monitor the humidity and humidity of the cigars being stored. If you want to keep the cigars in good shape, we advise always to store the cigars in a humidor that comes with a hygrometer and a humidifier. Why does it matter if the cigars are airtight? We’ve said it before and have said it again! When cigars are sealed in a humidor, humidity increases because the cigars are being held longer in the humidor, and this increases humidity in the cigars because they’re having to work harder, but also releases a little bit of stale air to the outside atmosphere around the cigars.
Use a humidifier to keep your cigars dry as they can get extremely moist and can be dangerous if they get exposed to sunlight. If your humidor is dry then it will require constant refreshing with distilled water. If you have a humidor that is in the middle of a bad drought then consider replacing the filter with a humidifier. If you have ever used distilled water and got an extremely moist humidor then the best thing to do is replace the filter with a humidifier.
It’s hard to think about smoking a cigar while enjoying an entire meal, especially if you’re chewing a meal with your mouth open. But, the benefits of the cigar will be a good deal more pleasant and enjoyable if you chew the cigar before you smoke it. When using a cigar, one side of the cigar should be at the bottom of the mouth for those who chew. If you’re already chewing tobacco, then just remove as much of the tobacco as you can without adding more of a sugary taste. You are already chewing your tobacco so the chewing does not enhance its taste. It’s okay to put some more into the cigar if you use the cigar with other flavored tobacco or tobacco that includes a lot of fruit.
Why do I need a humidor? For the sake of discussion, I will assume that you already have a humidor to store your cigars in and you’re willing to invest money in one. To maintain that quality, you will need to keep the cigars in the humidor at the proper temperature. Keeping their humidity levels constant (at least 70%. If your humidor can’t maintain 60% humidity, you should buy one that can) will make it easier for you to do the job correctly. The other benefit to having a humidor around your cigar collection is having a place to store your cigars when you’re done with your stash. You can smoke them if the humidity levels are a little higher or you can store them in a sealed jar in a cool environment so that they don’t get too moldy.
What you should do if your tobacco is affected by mold
If you don’t know how to properly test your tobacco for mold contamination your chances of getting hit with the problem is pretty great! If you are smoking a pipe or cigar you can test it with a small cotton swab on the tobacco and let air blow it over the tobacco to see if it comes up with something. This is one way for you to try to determine it is the molds I’m talking about. If you are trying to determine if your tobacco is moldy first test it with a small cotton swab. If there is a clear clear coating on the tobacco then you know to clean it off. If there is a little bit of mould you could take the swab and soak it in warm water to clean it off.
How do you remove the cigar box from the humidor and prevent any moisture from settling in it?
The first thing to do when removing the box from the humidor is to clean the top surface of your humidification chamber. The surface of my humidification chamber, which is made from one inch thick aluminum, looks like sandpaper to the naked eye. It does not look like it does to the naked eye because while sandpaper is often abrasive and rough, it can be smoothed, polished and polished. Cleaning the surface of the chamber thoroughly using an alcohol based or solvents based cleaner, will remove any moisture which had settled in your cigar box. Alcohol based cleaners will also remove any cigar dust.