6 Cigar Humidification Approaches
Now you have a solid comprehension of what a hygrometer does and what can occur if your humidity is too high or too low, let us talk about how to actually control the humidity in your humidor. Unfortunately, you can not just use a moist paper towel in a ziplock bag...
1. The Hockey Puck Humidification Method
The unofficial hockey puck system was my very first way to control the humidity in my humidor and boy, was it trying. This is the"puck" that is included with humidors most of the time and needs one to boil it into propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a little bit of a guessing game because you need to make sure your"puck" does not run out of juice. It was mostly stressful because I used the free version in my humidor so results may vary. I discovered I needed to soak the puck every 15 days or so with a humidor of 30 cigars. However, once I upgraded to some Xikar puck, it was smooth sailing. I only had to re-soak every 30-45 days and found it to be much more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is quite easy. It takes about 30 seconds 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 cause 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 very easy to use products which you may just open and pop it in a humidor such as this
air purifier for smoke. These include a much more controlled method of managing humidity than the puck technique. The only bad thing is you need to replace these entirely the majority of the time each 3-6 months completely. I don't recommend trying to"re-soak" them with the propylene glycol. The attractiveness of them, especially the tubes, is that they don't occupy much space in your humidor. However, depending on how big the jar format may work better:
3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Similar to 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 method and ones that I utilize for the tupperdor today. However, they can err a little on the high side concerning humidity should you use them in a tupperdor. I would aim to go several percentages lower in the desired humidity for a consequence if you've got a tupperdor. (These packs come in all different humidity levels.) They do a great job of absorbing humidity whether it is too high and increasing if it's too low. Once your package 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 once they become stiff. Even though this might be a great way to spend less, the recharged packs definitely won't be as accurate as an original. To discover more about the way to recharge, check out this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I don't recharge since if I'm going to spend hundreds of bucks on cigars, I don't wish to cut 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 java forums. This company revolves round these beads and they've a lot of diehard followers for their merchandise. These are probably one of the more expensive options but continue forever. They do need spraying of distilled water following week or two though so you've got to stick to a schedule. This way is a bit more geared towards the advanced cigar collectors. Normally, cigar collectors will have a pouch of these beads or a coating at the base of the wineador.
5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There is nothing greater than the place it and overlook an electric humidifier, especially if you have a big or precious collection. These are a bit expensive when compared with the other options such as
wineador but there's the benefit of very little upkeep. The units work best if plugged in -- so you will be asked to run 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 would be a lot of Boveda packs...) You do have to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 months but it's relatively inexpensive.
6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method
To get a larger wineador installation, many recommend kitty litter as a viable option to control humidity. I've 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 without a fragrance and spray distilled water every two to three weeks as required. I have seen very positive reviews out of Exquisicat Crystals with very low fructose nor odor.
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