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Seasoning your humidor is a crucial step in ensuring that your cigars have an ideal environment for aging. The process is very simple and can be done in just 5 steps, so let's get started!
Step 1: Remove all of the items from your humidor including trays, humidifier, and hygrometer.
Step 2: Lightly coat the cedar on the inside of the humidor, including your trays and dividers, with distilled water. We recommend using Humi-Care Seasoning wipes which are a mixture of distilled water and propylene glycol. Please note that the wood will begin to change color and become darker. Be careful not to over-saturate your humidor. Too much water can warp the wood.
Step 3: Place the dividers and tray back in the humidor, close the lid, and let it sit for 24 hours. This will allow the inside of your humidor to settle down and reach a reasonably even humidification throughout.
Step 4: After 24 hours have passed, reinstall the humidifier and the calibrated hygrometer. Close the lid for another 24 hours to allow all of the components to acclimate to the humidity inside the box.
Step 5: Open the lid and make sure your hygrometer reads between 68 - 72% humidity. The type of climate you live in will make a big difference in what humidity you want to keep your humidor at.
And that's it! Stock up on some of your favorite cigars and let the aging process begin. Learn more about keeping your humidor in proper storing condition in our Humidor Maintenance article!