This is necessary because, especially in dry conditions, it can take some time for the humidifier to moisten all the wood – while your cigars are waiting!
Cigars which are put into a dry humidor can very quickly dry out and crack.

Here is the step-by-step process we’re using:

1. Remove all the contents from the humidor (except the tray and divider if there is one). If there are cigars in the humidor, remove them too, and keep them in an airtight container while the humidor is being brought up to the correct Relative Humidity of around 70%

2. Wipe the inside of the Humidor with a damp cloth, or spray it with a fine spray of water – preferably distilled, or at least boiled. The wood should be damp – but not dripping (it may affect the joints).

3. Leave for 24 Hours then check the Relative Humidity (RH) with the Hygrometer provided.
The analogue model often supplied with the humidor will give you a rough guide – but it has to be set first. (Note the use of damp cottonwool as an aid). This may be a problem at high altitudes.
A digital hygrometer is more accurate (and indicates the temperature as well).
Make a note of the RH (a slip of paper, if your memory is like mine).

4. If the humidity is too low, re-spray, close the humidor and give it another 24 hours. Check again.

5. When the RH reaches approximately 70%, charge the humidifier(s) – leave the humidor closed!.
Cigar Beads, Dunhill: Add distilled water until the unit is saturated (instructions in the boxes)
Savinelli: The open cell filling material will hold up to 40 times its weight of liquid. First filling: set the humidity control system by adding the Surface Active Liquid (regulator fluid) (1/4 bottle for round humidifier, 1/3 bottle for rectangular). Top up with distilled water until saturated. (Future fillings require only a small amount of Surface Active Liquid each time)
In all cases allow the humidifier to stand for a short period so that any excess liquid will drain away.

6. Fit the humidifier(s) into the Humidor

7. Check the RH (write it down)

8. Repeat until the RH remains at 70% for at least 24 hours without any additional spraying. Then you’ll know your humidifier is doing its job.

9. Now you can put your cigars into the humidor, knowing they’ll be stored in comfort and safety.

More about Humidification how important is the exact reading on your hygrometer?
It’s never too late – if you’re not sure that your humidor is functioning properly – follow the steps above.

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Prepared Humidor

 


Belt & Braces: This customer has more instruments than necessary in his humidor, but it is a useful picture.

Hygrometers (#3): At the top is a digital hygrometer, which he bought to check the analogue hygrometer immediately below centre.

Humidifiers (#5): Left and right of the analogue hygrometer are the usual humidifiers supplied with the humidor. Below centre is a Paradigm which will release moisture whenever the ambient relative humidity drops below 70%. Lasts up to 2-3 months between fillings (depending on how often you open the humidor). Paradigm replaced with the new technology Nano Bead Humidifiers.

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