6 Cigar Humidification Methods
Now that you have a solid understanding of what a hygrometer does and what can happen 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 damp 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 stressful. This is the"puck" which is included with humidors most of the time and requires you to soak it in propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a bit of a guessing game because you have to make sure that your"puck" doesn't run out of juice. It was mainly stressful because I utilized the free version in my humidor so results may vary. I only had to re-soak each 30-45 days and found it to be more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is very simple. It takes approximately 30 seconds and you simply buy the propylene glycol individually. This solution is odorless and only replaces water as a pure form of moisture. Using tap water can cause problems 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 very easy to use products which you may merely open and pop it in a humidor such as this
best humidor. These have a much more controlled method of handling humidity than the puck method. The only bad thing is that you need to replace these completely the majority of the time each 3-6 weeks completely. I don't advise trying to"re-soak" them with the propylene glycol. The attractiveness of them, especially the tubes, is they don't occupy much space in your humidor. But, depending on how big the jar arrangement will work better:
3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Similar to 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 utilize for my tupperdor today. But they can err a bit on the high side in terms of humidity if you use them at a tupperdor. I'd aim to go a few percentages lower than your preferred humidity as a consequence if you've got a tupperdor. Otherwise they do a great job of consuming humidity if it is too high and growing if it is too low. Once your pack is stiff, you then just throw it off. That being said, many claim to be able to recharge these very easily simply by soaking them for a couple of days after they get stiff. Although this may be a great way to spend less, the recharged packs certainly will not be as precise as a first. To find out more about how to recharge, take a look at this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I don't recharge because if I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars 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 cigar forums. This company revolves around these beads and they have a lot of diehard followers to their merchandise. These are most likely one of the costlier choices but last forever. They do need spraying of distilled water after week or two though so you've got to abide by a schedule. This way is a bit more geared towards the more advanced cigar collectors. Normally, cigar collectors will have a pouch of these a coating at the base of their wineador.
5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There is nothing better than the place it and forget of an electric humidifier, especially if you have a big or precious set. All these are a little expensive when compared with the other choices such as
wineador but there's the benefit of very little upkeep. The units work great if plugged in -- so you will be required to conduct a level cable into the outside of your humidor. However a few 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
For a bigger wineador installation, many recommend kitty litter as a viable choice to control humidity. This is a really similar technique to the Heartfelt beads strategy outlined previously. 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 fructose nor odor.
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