Having trouble keeping up the humidity level in your humidor? Cigars should be stored at room temperature (about 70F degrees) with a humidity level of 68 to 72 percent. Sometimes, it is difficult to maintain a constant level of humidity inside the box, especially when seasons change. The humidity level inside your house, as well as other conditions, will affect the performance and operation of your humidor's humidification system.
Factors Affecting Humidity Levels In a Humidor
The varied use of air conditioners, heaters, and open windows can drastically change the level of humidity inside a house in a short period of time, making it harder (or easier) to maintain the optimal level of humidity inside a humidor. In addition, other factors such as air circulation and exposure to direct sunlight can also lower humidity levels. Try not to place your humidor near vents, fans, or windows. In the winter, the sun is lower in the sky than in summer, and can actually shine further into your house than in the summer (when the sun is overhead). A humidor that I had placed on a coffee table during the summer, had to be moved in the winter because the sun began to shine right on it.
Use of Humidification Devices
When humidity levels inside your house begin to fall, you will probably have to add distilled water and/or humidifying solution to your humidification device more often. If the device is kept full, but you still have problems with low humidity, then you should add a supplemental humidification device to your humidor. I recommend using the DryMistat by Cigar Savor.
The DryMistat Supplemental Humidification Device
The DryMistat (compare prices)
is a plastic tube about the size of a cigar, which is filled with gelatin-like beads that absorb water. There are two lines marked on the tube. Just fill the tube to the top line with water, and put in your humidor. When the level of the beads drops to the second line, then add more water up to the top line. During the 3 ½ years that I have been using this product, I added water about every 2 months.
DryMistat is Inexpensive and Easy to Use
If needed, you can use more than one tube in your humidor. This device works so well, and is so easy to use, that some cigar smokers don't use it as a supplement to their humidification device, but as a replacement. I recommend using it as a supplement in your main humidor, but it can serve as the sole humidification device in your travel humidor. At a cost of about $9, you can't go wrong.