Can an open container of distilled water be placed in a cigar humidor?

Q. I just ordered a new cigar humidor. Last night, I noticed that the humidifier (simple black grated puck) in my current 50 ct. humidor was developing some mold. Luckily, it had only started and I saw no evidence of mold on any cigars or the wood.
I chucked the humidifier and ordered another, along with some Propylene Glycol solution, which I didn’t bother to use before (though I did use distilled water). I know my collection, which is a pathetic 8 cigars, needs humidity. Right now, it’s at 65% or so, and spiraling downward as the hours pass.
Is it harmful to set a clean open container of distilled water in my humidor to keep it above 60%, at least, while my cigars remain inside?
– Stephen in Tennessee

A. Based on your description of the situation, I would have to say No. I would be nervous about putting any open container of liquid in my humidor. Instead, place a piece of a new, clean sponge dampened with distilled water and place it in a partially opened sandwich Ziploc-type bag to let the moisture escape.

Or, with such a small number of cigars, you could seal them in a sandwich or cigar store zip bag. Any moisture they still have in them should remain stable until the unit arrives.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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