06th Sep2011

How to Season a Humidor

by GoodFellasCigars

You have heard that wiping down a humidor with distilled water is quick and easy way to season a humidor but, sadly this is a sure fire way to ruin any humidor by warping the wood and destroying seal of the edges defeating functionality of a humidor. So you got to ask yourself, do you want a humidor that will be ready fast or you want one that is going to last? Here we will show you a way to avoid this unfortunate ending and make your humidor last.

You will need:

  1. Four Medium Heartfelt Beads Humidity Tube ( 65% Rh is recommended) more if the humidor is larger than a 100 count and less if less than 100 count. You are going to need to find out the cubic inches of your humidor to really determine this. 1 medium tube = 540 cubic inches.
  2. A calibrated hygrometer
  3. Distilled water
  4. Humidor
  5. Saucer
  6. Unscented sponge/s
  7. Have cigars ready toward the end of this process ( at least 25% of the capacity of what the count of humidor is)

Complete the following steps to season your humidor:

    1. Place the unscented sponge(s) on the saucer
    2. Dowse the unscented sponges with distilled enough to be able to wring out water
    3. Open up the humidor
    4. Remove the tray if the humidor has one
    5. Place the saucer with the dowsed sponges into the humidor
    6. Place the hygrometer in the humidor
    7. Wait 10 minutes and then record the base reading from the hygrometer
    8. Place the tray back into the humidor if possible
    9. Close the lid full shut
    10. Wait at least 8 hours until completing the next step
    11. Check and record the reading on the hygrometer, if the humidity has risen you are on track
    12. Place the lid back into the humidor if possible
    13. Close the humidor lid fully
    14. Wait 18 to 24 hours until completing the next step
    15. Check the humidity in the humidor. If the humidity has again increased you are in track (mid 70s)
    16. Place a Heartfelt Beads Humidity Tube ( 65% Rh is recommended) into the humidor
    17. Place the tray back into the humidor if possible
    18. Close the lid fully shut
    19. Wait 24 hours until completing the next step (Stabilization period)
    20. The humidity will rise and possibly spike dramatically. This is normal do not be alarmed
    21. Remove the saucer and sponges from the humidor
    22. Place a second Heartfelt Beads Humidity Tube (65% Rh is recommended) into the humidor
    23. Place the tray back into the humidor if possible
    24. Close the lid fully
    25. Wait 12 to 24 hours before completing the next step
    26. Check the humidity from the hygrometer, if the humidity is not in the low 70s place the lid back in if possible and close the lid fully and wait another 6 to 8 hours and if it is go onto the next step
    27. Place your cigars within the humor
    28. Place the tray into the humidor if possible
    29. Close the lid fully shut
    30. Wait 2 to 4 hours before completing the next step
    31. Fill the last 2 Heartfelt Beads Humidity Tubes (65% Rh is recommended) as directed by Heartfelt’s directions
    32. Place the last 2 Heartfelt Beads Humidity Tubes (65% Rh is recommended) on far left and right of the tray once back in 2 to 4 hours
    33. Close the lid fully shut

If you have followed these steps you have now successfully seasoned your humidor

 

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