Enjoying a fine cigar may seem like a simple task to some, but a good cigar is the result of a number of factors. Proper storage is one of those factors. Cigars are "hygroscopic," which means that they either lose or gain moisture depending on the climate. Changing moisture levels can lead to dry, tasteless cigars, or cigars that are too moist or light. A humidor is the best way to store and maintain cigars. Professionally made humidors are available, but you can also make one yourself.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Plastic container
- Cigar boxes
Use a plastic storage container as your humidor. These containers are airtight, helping to maintain the freshness and humidity within the humidor. Choose a container large enough to hold the appropriate number of cigar boxes, and make sure the humidifier fits.
Test the airtight seal of your chosen container. Place the lid on the container and press down, listening for escaping air as you press. You should not hear any air escaping if the seal is tight; if it is not, choose another container until you find one that is airtight.
Place wooden cigar boxes inside the plastic container to hold your cigars. The wooden boxes will hold moisture, helping to maintain the humidity within the humidor. These boxes will also prevent the cigars from touching the humidifier or the plastic; direct contact with either of these surfaces can change the moisture levels in the cigars.
Install a small humidifier into the humidor to maintain the humidity. There are a variety of humidifier products on the market; most require distilled water and propylene glycol to function properly. Follow all product instructions when filling and installing to ensure a proper humidity level.
Seal the container without the cigars for one to two days to allow the humidifier to bring the humidity to a steady 70 per cent. Some humidifiers come with barometers to track the humidity; you can also install your own to keep track.
Place the cigars in the humidor once the humidity is stable. Seal the container and keep it closed unless you intend to smoke a cigar or need to check on the humidifier. Open the box as little as possible so that the moisture level does not change.
Tips and warnings
- Find materials for your homemade humidor at variety stores or tobacco speciality stores.
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