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How to Season a Humidor (Cigar 101)

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How To Season Your Humidor

Seasoning your humidor is a crucial step in making sure your cigars have an ideal environment for aging.

The process is very simple and can be done in just 5 steps.

There are two main items you will need to season your humidor. A
bottle of distilled water and a brand new sponge.

The use of distilled water is extremely important. Tap or well
water contains mineral deposits that can cause mold to grow on the inside of your humidor.

Make life easier on yourself and pickup Humi-Care Seasoning Wipes from Humi-Care. Humi-Care wipes are pre-moistened with distilled water, making it the fastest and easiest way to season your humidor.

Step 1. Remove all items from inside your humidor including trays, humidifier, and hygrometer.

Step 2. Take your Humi-Care wipe and lightly coat the inside of
your humidor. You want to wipe down all exposed surfaces on the inside of the humidor, including your trays and dividers.

Note, the wood will begin to change color and become darker.

Be careful not to over saturate your humidor. There should not be
any puddles on the inside. Too much water can warp the wood.

Too little water won't give yourhumidor the kick start it needs to
maintain the 70% humidity that you are trying to achieve.

Step 3. Place the tray back inside, close the lid, and let it sit for
24 hours. The reason for this is to allow the inside of your humidor to settle down and reach even humidification throughout it.

Step 4. After 24 hours have passed, open the humidor and re-install thehumidifier and calibrated hygrometer. Close the lid for an
additional 24 hours. You want to give all your components a chance to acclimate to the humidity inside the box.

Step 5. After an additional 24 hours have passed, open your humidor and make sure the hygrometer is within the range of 68-72%. The type of climate you live in makes a big difference on
what percentage you want your cigars to age in.

If you live in an area with high humidity, you'll want to leave your
humidor closer to 68%. Too much humidity can effect the flavor and visa versa.

If you live in an area with low humidity, you'll want you humidor
closer to 72%.

Congratulations! Your humidor is now ready for your cigar storage!