The Way To Pick The Very Best Cigar Humidors? Reason #413

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The Way To Pick The Very Best Cigar Humidors? Reason #413

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6 Cigar Humidification Approaches

Now you have a solid comprehension of what a hygrometer does and what can happen if your humidity is too high or too low, let's talk about how to actually control the humidity in your humidor. Regrettably, you can't just use a damp paper towel in a ziplock bag...

1. The Hockey Puck Humidification Method
The unofficial hockey puck system was my first way to control the humidity in my humidor and boy, was it stressful. This is actually the"puck" that is included with humidors the majority of the time and requires one to boil it in propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a bit of a guessing game since you need to be sure your"puck" does not run out of juice. It was mainly stressful since I utilized the crummy free version from my humidor so results may vary. I discovered I needed to soak the puck every 15 days or so using a humidor of 30 cigars. But once I updated to a Xikar puck, it was smooth sailing. I only had to re-soak each 30-45 days and found it to be more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is very easy. It takes approximately 30 minutes and you simply purchase the propylene glycol separately. This solution is odorless and just replaces water as a more pure form of moisture. Using tap water may cause issues because of chlorine or other chemicals, and distilled water will not stay moist as long as propylene glycol.

2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method
Xikar and Drymistat make quite easy to use products which you may just open and pop it into a humidor such as this
humidor. These have a much more controlled method of managing humidity compared to the puck technique. The only bad thing is you have to replace these entirely most of the time each 3-6 months completely. I don't advise trying to"re-soak" them with the propylene glycol. The beauty of these, especially the tubes, is they don't take up much room in your humidor. But, depending on how big the jar arrangement will work better:

3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Like the jar or tubes from Xikar and Drymistat, you can go with a very controlled method of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favourite cigar humidification method and ones that I use for the tupperdor today. But they could err a little on the large side in terms of humidity if you use them in a tupperdor. I would like to go several percentages lower in the desired humidity for a consequence if you have a tupperdor. (These packs come in all different humidity levels.) Otherwise they do a great job of absorbing humidity if it's too high and increasing if it's too low. As soon as your pack is stiff, you then simply throw it away. That having been said, many claim to have the ability to recharge these quite easily by simply soaking them for a couple of days after they become stiff. Although this may be a great way to spend less, the recharged packs certainly will not be as accurate as a first. To discover more about the way to recharge, check out this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I don't recharge because if I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars on cigars, I do not want to cut corners to save a few dollars on Boveda packs.

4. The Heartfelt Beads Humidification Method
Heartfelt beads are a common humidity method which many advocate across java forums. This provider revolves round these beads and they have a great deal of diehard followers to their product. These are most likely one of the costlier options but last forever. They do require spraying of water after week or two though so you've got to abide by a schedule. This method is a bit more geared towards the more advanced cigar collectors. Typically, cigar collectors will have a pouch of those a coating at the bottom of their wineador.

5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There's nothing better than the place it and forget of an electric humidifier, especially in the event that you have a large or valuable collection. All these are a bit expensive compared to the other options such as cigar humidor but there's the benefit of very little maintenance. The components work great if plugged in -- so you will be required to conduct a flat cable into the exterior of your humidor. However some of these units have a few really cool features like wi-fi capabilities and can humidify up to 1,000 cigars! (That could be a good deal of Boveda packs...) You really do need to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 months but it's comparatively cheap.

6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method
For a bigger wineador setup, many recommend kitty litter as a viable option to control humidity. This is a very similar method to the Heartfelt beads strategy outlined above. The key 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 from Exquisicat Crystals with very low dust nor odor.

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