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How To Select The Best Cigar Humidors? Reason #661

6 Cigar Humidification Approaches

Now that you have a solid comprehension of exactly 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. Regrettably, you can not 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 way to control the humidity in my humidor and boy, was it stressful. This is actually the"puck" that is included with humidors the majority of the time and needs you to soak it into propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a bit of a guessing game because you have to make sure your"puck" does not run out of juice. It had been mainly stressful because I used the free version from my humidor so results may vary. However, once I updated to some Xikar puck, it was smooth sailing. I just had to re-soak each 30-45 days and found it to be more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is very easy. It takes approximately 30 seconds and you just purchase the propylene glycol individually. This solution is odorless and only replaces water as a pure form of moisture. Using tap water can create issues due to chlorine or other chemicals, and distilled water won't stay moist as long as propylene glycol.

2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method
Xikar and Drymistat make very simple to use products which you can merely open and pop it in a humidor such as this
tower humidor. These have a much more controlled method of handling humidity than the puck technique. The only bad thing is that you have to replace these completely the majority of the time every 3-6 months completely. I don't recommend attempting to"re-soak" them together with the propylene glycol. The attractiveness of them, especially the tubes, is that they don't take up much room in your humidor. But, depending on the size, the jar format may work better:

3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Similar to the tubes or jar out of Xikar and Drymistat, it is possible to go with a very controlled system of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favourite cigar humidification strategy and ones that I use for my tupperdor today. But they could err a bit on the large side in terms of humidity if you use them in a tupperdor. I would like to go a few percentages lower in the desired humidity for a result when you have a tupperdor. (These packs come in all different humidity levels.) Otherwise they do a great job of consuming humidity whether it is too high and increasing if it's too low. Once your pack is stiff, you then just throw it away. That being said, many claim to have the ability to recharge these very easily by simply soaking them for a few days once they get stiff. Although this may be a terrific way to save money, the recharged packs certainly will not 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 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 advocate across cigar forums. This company revolves round these beads and they've a great deal of diehard followers to their merchandise. These are popular with larger humidors or even wineadors. These are most likely one of the more expensive choices but continue forever. They do need spraying of water following week or two though so you've got to stick to a program. This way is a bit more geared towards the more advanced cigar collectors. Normally, cigar collectors will have a pouch of these a layer at the base of their wineador.

5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There is nothing greater than the place it and forget of an electric humidifier, especially in the event that you have a big or valuable set. All these are a little expensive compared to the other choices such as
humidor but there is the benefit of very little upkeep. The components work great if plugged -- so you will be required to run a level cable into the exterior 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 would be a good deal of Boveda packs...) You do have to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 weeks but it's comparatively cheap.

6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method
For a larger wineador installation, many advocate kitty litter as a viable option to control humidity. This is a very similar method to this Heartfelt beads strategy outlined previously. The key is to obtain a kitty litter without a fragrance and spray distilled water every two to three weeks as needed. I have seen very positive testimonials out of Exquisicat Crystals with very low fructose nor odor.

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