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Seasoning Your Cigar Humidor

Seasoning your cigar humidor it takes time, patience, and a bit of knowledge. The goal is to recreate the tropical environments where most cigars are made. Storing cigars into a dry humidor can ruin good smokes.

Most humidors have the interior made of untreated cedar wood as this is the preferred wood for humidifying and cigars. The wood needs to be humidified, before usage.

Take a new sponge, unscented and wet it with distilled water. Wipe down all the exposed wood, including any trays and dividers, and the interior lid. Don’t use a paper towel or a fraying cloth as these will leave a paper trail on the wood. After you’ve wiped down the wood, squirt the sponge with more distilled water, then place it inside the humidor on a plastic bag and close the lid.

Prepare your humidification device according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Always use only distilled water. Tap water contains minerals that will destroy most humidification systems by leaving deposits that will clog the humidor element. Once the humidification element is filled, be sure to wipe it down to remove all the excess water. 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 dry, add more distilled water. If it is very damp, leave it alone.

Let the humidor sit another night, and 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.

Seasoning your cigar humidor process is complete.

Enjoy your smokes and don’t forget to leave your comment!

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