6 Cigar Humidification Approaches
Now that you have a solid understanding of exactly what a hygrometer does and what can occur if your humidity is too high or too low, let us talk about 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 first way to control the humidity in my humidor and boy was it trying. This is the"puck" which is included with humidors most of the time and requires you to soak it into propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a bit of a guessing game because you have to be sure that your"puck" does not run out of juice. It had been mostly stressful since I utilized the crummy free version from my humidor so results may vary. I found that I needed to soak the puck every 15 days or so with a humidor of 30 cigars. However, after I upgraded to some Xikar puck, it was smooth sailing. I just had to re-soak every 30-45 days and found it to be much more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is very easy. It takes approximately 30 minutes and you just buy the propylene glycol separately. This solution is odorless and only replaces water as a more pure form of moisture. Using tap water may create issues because of chlorine or other substances, and bottled water won't stay moist provided that propylene glycol.
2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method
Xikar and Drymistat make quite simple to use products which you may just open and pop it into a humidor such as this
electronic humidor. These include a much more controlled method of managing humidity than 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 advise attempting to"re-soak" them with the propylene glycol. The beauty of them, particularly the tubes, is that they don't take up much room in your humidor. However, depending on how big the jar format may work better:
3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Like the jar or tubes out of Xikar and Drymistat, it is possible to go with a very controlled method of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favourite cigar humidification strategy and ones that I use for the tupperdor today. But they can err a bit on the high side concerning humidity should you use them at a tupperdor. I would like to go several percentages lower in the desired humidity for a consequence when you've got a tupperdor. They do a great job of absorbing humidity if it's too high and growing if it's too low. As soon as your pack is stiff, then you simply throw it off. That being said, many claim to have the ability to recharge these very easily simply by soaking them for a couple of days after they get stiff. Although this may be a terrific way to save money, the recharged packs certainly will not be as precise as a first. To discover more about how to recharge, check out this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I really don't recharge because I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars on cigars, I don't want 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 cigar forums. This provider revolves around these beads and they've a great deal of diehard followers for their merchandise. These are popular with larger humidors or even wineadors. These are probably one of the costlier choices but continue forever. They do require spraying of water after two or week though so you've got to abide by a schedule. This method is a bit more geared towards the advanced cigar collectors. Typically, cigar collectors will have a pouch of these beads or a layer at the bottom of the wineador.
5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There's nothing greater than the place it and forget of a electric humidifier, especially if you've got a big or precious collection. These are a bit expensive compared to the other options such as
wineador but there's the advantage of very little upkeep. The units also work great if plugged in -- so you will be required to conduct a level cable into the exterior of your humidor. However some of those units have some really cool features like wi-fi capacities and can humidify around 1,000 cigars! (That could be a lot of Boveda packs...) You really do have to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 weeks but it's comparatively cheap.
6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method
To get a bigger wineador setup, many recommend kitty litter as a viable option to control humidity. I have personally never done this but many swear by it. This is a really similar technique to this Heartfelt beads strategy outlined above. The crucial thing is to get a kitty litter with no odor and spray on distilled water every two to three weeks as required. I've seen very positive testimonials out of Exquisicat Crystals with very low dust nor scent.
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