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How To Use a Humidor

If you appreciate a fine cigar, you'll know that your cigars should be kept at home in a humidor until you're ready to smoke them. Learn how to set up and maintain a humidor to maintain your cigars' freshness.


  • Step 1: Prepare the humidor before storing your cigars. Fill the humidifier device with distilled water every day for a week, allowing the wood to slowly absorb the moisture and reach the desired level of humidity.
  • Step 2: Use a digital hygrometer. A hygrometer measures the humidor's interior humidity. The humidifier should be refilled every two or three weeks to maintain the proper humidity.
  • Step 3: Place your cigars in the humidor. Because humidity varies inside a humidor, place your driest cigars on the row farthest away from the humidifier device -- this allows them to gain moisture faster.
  • FACT: The Colorado Rockies baseball team stores balls in a humidor to prevent them from drying out due to Denver's high altitude.
  • Step 4: Find the best spot in your home to keep your humidor. Do not place it in direct sunlight, on top of an air conditioning unit, or at any other spot that can affect the box's interior temperature.
  • TIP: A humidor should be lined with a non-aromatic cedar, preferably Spanish cedar.
  • Step 5: Understand that a humidor is a storage container that maintains a consistent level of internal humidity -- typically 70 to 75 percent, and a consistent internal temperature -- typically 68 to 70 degrees.
  • TIP: While the lid should shut tightly, a humidor should allow a small amount of air to circulate in and out.
  • Step 6: Visit a tobacconist to buy a humidor; the humidor's size will depend on the number of cigars that you'll want to store. Physically examine the humidor -- an aromatic cedar lining can negatively affect the flavor of your cigars.
  • : Cigar smoke is dangerous to your health.

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