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How to use a cigar humidor?

What is a cigarette humidor?

To maintain the optimal flavor and strength of your cigars, it is essential that you keep them at a temperature as close to 21°C as possible with about 70% humidity.

How does a cigar humidor work?

A Crown Humidors is designed to mimic the environmental climate needed to keep cigars at their best. Storing your cigars in a humidor will ensure that they mature well over time.

How do you prepare a humidor?

Don’t make the common mistake of stacking a humidor full of cigars immediately. It needs to be properly prepared for it to work properly.

Before you start preparing your humidor, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand. These include:

A hygrometer (a device that measures humidity)

Distilled water

Plastic bag

Fabric

Sponge

If you wish, you can choose to use a complete humidor hydration kit, which includes everything needed to prepare your humidor before use.

You need to make sure your hydrometer is properly calibrated to measure moisture. To do so:

Wet a cloth with warm water

Wrap the hygrometer in the damp cloth. Leave it for half an hour

Remove the hygrometer from the wet cloth

Calibrate it to read between 95% and 97%

If the hygrometer already reads between 95% and 97%, it is ready for use and does not need to be calibrated.

The next step in preparing your humidor is to clean it, if necessary. If your humidor is new, it may not need to be cleaned, but if it has been used previously, you will need to remove the tobacco.

To do this, simply spray the inside of the humidor with compressed air, and then wipe the inside of the humidor with a soft cloth.

You will then need to season the humidor.

How do you season a humidor?

Completely immerse the humidifier in a bowl of distilled water. Do not use tap water as it may damage the element

Keep the humidifier submerged, face down, for up to 3 minutes

Remove the humidifier from the bowl, then clean up any excess water

Line the bottom of your humidor with a plastic bag

Moisten a sponge with distilled water and place it on top of the plastic bag.

Place the hygrometer and humidifier in the lid of the humidor

Close the lid of the humidor, and then leave it closed for 12 – 24 hours. The longer you can leave it, the better  

Repeat this process

The humidity level should now be between 65% and 75%, ready to store your cigars.

Loading the humidifier

To ensure that your humidifier remains at optimum humidity, you should charge it at intervals:

Written by Naveed Iqbal