Checking humidity

Q. I would like to know, what is the humidity that I should keep my humidor, and how often should I look at it to check on the humidity?
– J. Suarez
A.  My so-called, “magic formula,” is to keep the RH (relative humidity) at an average of 68% within a temperature range between 65 – 70 degrees. Unless you smoke cigars every day, check the box every two to three days and add distilled water only as needed.

Note that if the RH reads somewhere around 65% or lower you may only need to add a squirt of distilled water to get it back up, rather than soaking the entire humidifier, which could lead to too much humidity. In fact, some cigars do quite well at lower RH levels. As long as the cigars are supple when lightly pinched, they should be fine.

Eventually, with time and a little cautious experimentation, you’ll know exactly how to gauge your humidor’s conditions, especially as it becomes more seasoned.

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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