How To Pick The Best Cigar Humidors? Reason #033

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How To Pick The Best Cigar Humidors? Reason #033

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6 Cigar Humidification Methods

Now you have a solid comprehension of what a hygrometer does and what can happen if your humidity is too high or too low, let us talk about how to really 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 trying. This is actually the"puck" which is included with humidors most of the time and needs one to boil it into propylene glycol. I found it to be a little bit of a guessing game since you need to make sure that your"puck" doesn't run out of juice. It had been mostly stressful because I utilized the crummy free version in my humidor so results may vary. I found that I needed to soak the puck every 15 days or so with a humidor of 30 cigars. I just had to re-soak each 30-45 days and found it to be more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is very simple. It takes about 30 seconds and you just purchase the propylene glycol separately. This remedy is odorless and just replaces water as a pure form of moisture. Using tap water can cause issues because of chlorine or other substances, and distilled water will not stay moist provided that propylene glycol.

2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method
Xikar and Drymistat make quite easy to use products that you may just open and pop it into a humidor such as this electric cigar humidor. These have a much more controlled way of handling humidity than the puck method. The only bad thing is you need to replace these completely most of the time every 3-6 weeks completely. I don't advise attempting to"re-soak" them together with the propylene glycol. The beauty of these, especially the tubes, is they don't take up much room in your humidor. But, depending on the size, the jar format will work better:

3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method
Like the jar or tubes from Xikar and Drymistat, it is possible to go with a very controlled system of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favorite cigar humidification method and ones that I utilize for my tupperdor today. However, they could err a bit on the high side concerning humidity should you use them in a tupperdor. I would aim to go a few percentages lower in the desired humidity as a result when you've got a tupperdor. They do a fantastic job of consuming humidity if it is too high and increasing if it's too low. As soon as 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 after they become stiff. Even though this might be a great way to save money, the recharged packs definitely won't be as accurate as an original. To find out 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 any corners to save a couple bucks on Boveda packs.

4. The Heartfelt Beads Humidification Method
Heartfelt beads are a common humidity method which many recommend across java forums. This provider revolves round these beads and they have a great deal of diehard followers to their product. These are popular with larger humidors or even wineadors. These are most likely one of the costlier choices but last forever. They do need spraying of water after two or week though so you've got to abide by a program. This way is a bit more geared towards the more advanced cigar collectors. Typically, cigar collectors will have a pouch of these beads or a layer at the bottom of the wineador.

5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method
There's nothing better than the set it and forget of a electric humidifier, especially if you've got a large or valuable collection. All these are a bit expensive when compared with the other options such as
bey-berk but there's the advantage of very little maintenance. The units also work great if plugged -- so you'll be asked to run a flat cable into the outside of your humidor. However some of those units have a few really cool features like wi-fi capacities and can humidify around 1,000 cigars! (That would be a good deal of Boveda packs...) You really do need to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 months but it's comparatively cheap.

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

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