Andy’s New Humi is Hella Here
Living in Denver, you just can’t keep a cigar outside of a humidor for longer than it takes to smoke. The cigar starts to resemble a twig before its even lit and after more than a little bit it becomes hella brittle. I got tired of buying cigars one or two at a time and decided to buy a humidor that would let me stay stocked up on cigars without hella breaking the bank.
At Clifford’s advice, I bought a 100 cigar-sized humidor, planning to keep it roughly one-third full. When it arrived, I left four Boveda 84% humidity packets and no cigars inside the humidor for two weeks. The Calibre IV digital hygrometer I bought keeps track of the minimum and maximum humidity over time. I reset the min/max readings on the hygrometer once every few days and waited until the minimum readings were stable at around 70% humidity.
I then threw out the 84% packets, replaced them with Boveda 69% packets, and filled the humidor with cigars. So far the humidity has been stable inside the humidor, despite the extreme dryness outside. Since I don’t smoke more than a cigar a week, I’m well stocked for months, and there’s still room for more.
I’d happily recommend the same setup to anyone else who wants to keep a variety of cigars around (even in dry climates) but doesn’t want to spend a fortune.
You can see how fast it dries out inside. It was at 70% when I opened it and down to 40% in seconds while I took the photos. Damn dry climate haha
I’ve hella still got a few questions so here they are.
It’s okay to leave on the little individual cellophane wrappers, right? Or are they all supposed to be naked?
Yup that’s OK, it will protect them from handling while you’re searching for the right smoke. They won’t age the same way, as there is less air flow around the cigar, but they also won’t cross contaminate your other smokes with oils, odors, and help protect from mold and tobacco beetles.
And should I unstack the cigars on the bottom and move the humidity packets?
The humidipacks are not very picky about where you place them. They can go directly on top of or under your cigars. They won’t hurt anything. Now the cedar dividers can trap air and moisture in parts of your humidor, best to spread the humidipacks around – give one pack to each 25 cigars. I generally use the dividers a couple of ways, but I pick a way for that humidor and stick to it to reduce confusion.
- Use the divider to separate cigars by brand and/or price point. This method makes sure you don’t accidentally smoke a prized stogie. If you’re not worried about co-mingling your cigars, go ahead and sort them by how precious they are to you.
- Use the divider to sort your cigars by strength and wrapper type. If you’re not so much worried about the price of the cigar and want to maximize your aging potential, organize your cigars by strength and wrapper type. They will age beautifully in that nice new humidor of yours. Don’t forget to freeze new cigars when you get them to help prevent tobacco beetles. We’ll go over that in another post whenever my next shipment gets in.