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How To Select The Very Best Cigar Humidors? Reason #472



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6 Cigar Humidification Methods

Now that you have a solid comprehension of exactly what a hygrometer does and what can occur if your humidity is too high or too low, let's discuss how to really control the humidity in your humidor. Regrettably, you can't just use a moist paper towel in a ziplock bag...

1. The Hockey Puck Humidification Method
The unofficial hockey puck method was my very first means to control the humidity in my humidor and boy, was it trying. This is actually the"puck" which is included with humidors most of the time and needs one to boil it into propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a bit of a guessing game since you need to make sure your"puck" does not run out of juice. It had been mainly stressful because I utilized the crummy free version from my humidor so results may vary. I found I needed to soak the puck every 15 days or so with a humidor of 30 cigars. However, once I upgraded to a Xikar puck, it was smooth sailing. I only had to re-soak every 30-45 days and found it to be much more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is quite easy. It takes about 30 minutes and you just buy the propylene glycol individually. This solution is odorless and just replaces water as a more pure form of moisture. Using tap water can cause issues due to chlorine or other substances, and bottled water will not stay moist provided that propylene glycol.

2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method
Xikar and Drymistat make quite simple to use products that you may merely open and pop it into a humidor such as this
bey-berk humidor. These include a much more controlled method of managing humidity compared to the puck technique. The only bad thing is that you need to replace these completely most of the time every 3-6 months completely. I don't recommend attempting to"re-soak" them together with the propylene glycol. The beauty of them, particularly the tubes is that they don't occupy much room in your humidor. However, depending on the size, the jar arrangement may work better:

3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Like the jar or tubes out of Xikar and Drymistat, you can go with a very controlled system of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favourite cigar humidification strategy and ones that I utilize for my tupperdor today. But they could err a bit on the large side in terms of humidity if you use them at a tupperdor. I would aim to go a few percentages lower in the desired humidity as a result when you have a tupperdor. Otherwise they do a fantastic job of absorbing humidity whether it is too high and growing if it's too low. As soon as your package is stiff, then you simply throw it away. That having been said, many claim to have the ability to recharge these very easily simply by soaking them for a few days after they become stiff. Even though this might be a great way to spend less, the recharged packs certainly won't be as precise as a first. To discover more about the way to recharge, take a look at this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I don't recharge since if I'm going to spend hundreds of bucks on cigars, I don't wish to cut any corners to save a couple bucks on Boveda packs.

4. The Heartfelt Beads Humidification Method
Heartfelt beads are a frequent humidity method that many recommend across java forums. This provider revolves around these beads and they've a great deal of diehard followers to their product. These are popular with larger humidors or wineadors. These are most likely one of the more expensive options but last forever. They do need spraying of distilled water following two or week though so you have to abide by a program. This method is somewhat more geared towards the more advanced cigar collectors. Typically, cigar collectors will have a pouch of those a layer at the base of their wineador.

5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There is nothing better than the set it and forget of an electric humidifier, particularly if you've got a large or valuable set. All these are a bit expensive when compared with the other options such as humidors but there is the advantage of very little upkeep. The units work best if plugged -- so you will be asked to conduct a flat cord to the outside of your humidor. However some of these units have a few really cool features like wi-fi capacities and can humidify up to 1,000 cigars! (That could be a lot of Boveda packs...) You do need to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 weeks but it's relatively inexpensive.

6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method
To get a bigger wineador installation, many recommend kitty litter as a viable choice to control humidity. I've personally never done this but many swear by it. This is a very similar technique to this Heartfelt beads strategy outlined above. The key is to obtain a kitty litter without a fragrance and spray on distilled water every two to three weeks as needed. I have seen very positive testimonials out of Exquisicat Crystals with very low dust nor scent.