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Fan Mail: Even More of Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 29)

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It’s been a little while since we last rooted around in the Advisor mailbag…but we’ve come across a couple of great Fan Mail-worthy questions over the summer that we couldn’t resist sharing.

This 29th edition of our cigar Q&A tackles a couple of gems that have come from Cigar Advisor readers’ emails, article comments and the socials; and while we never profess to know it all (no one does, frankly), we try to give some useful answers that will help these folks get more satisfaction out of their smokes – and hopefully help you at the same time, too.

In this installment, we’re looking at how to keep from having to constantly relight your cigar near the end, what your cigars’ smoke color means, and discussing a cigar’s strength vs. its body.

If YOU have a cigar-related question you’d like some insight on, hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, or even by leaving a comment below; and if you find these videos helpful, we’d love it if you would share them with your cigar buddies…knowledge is power – pay it forward to your fellow cigar smokers.

Check out these videos…

Cigar Question #1: How Do I Avoid Having to Relight My Cigar in the Final Third?

By Gary Korb

Getting a good toasting and light on your cigar at the start will help ensure an even burn. That said, not every cigar is made perfectly, so sometimes you may encounter burn issues regardless of your cigar-lighting prowess. The question for me this month came from a fan who wanted to know why he found himself relighting his cigars more often in the last several inches. So, does the answer have more to do with the cigar maker or the cigar smoker? Watch now to find out…

Cigar Question #2: Why is Cigar Smoke Sometimes Blue and Sometimes White?

By Jared Gulick

We received a fantastic question from Ray in Lead, South Dakota. He asks, “Why is my cigar’s smoke blue when it’s sitting in the ashtray, but grey or white when I blow it out of my mouth?” That’s a tricky one for sure, but since it’s a little outside the Cigar Advisor wheelhouse, we brought in William Doney, the Director of Physics and Engineering at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Who says there isn’t science in cigars? William will help us shine a bit of light on this phenomenon, so check out the video to get the full story!

Cigar Question #3: What is the difference between full strength and full body cigars?

By John Pullo

Joe hit us up during a recent Facebook Live show with a great cigar question: “What’s the difference between full strength and full body, when talking about cigars?” For starters, we know that cigars are broken down into a range: mellow, medium and full, like Joe is asking about. But when you read about a cigar being “full” in a review, or hear someone talking about “full body,” what is it about that strong cigar is that person really describing? A big (and confusing) topic – but I’ll nail it down in 3 minutes so you’ll know the difference. Watch the explanation now!

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Tracy Hughes
4 years ago

How do you fix a cigar with a very tight draw?

Jared Gulick
4 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Hughes

This will probably help you, Tracy!

4 years ago

Is an electronic tank type humidifier too much for a 75 cigar wooden humidor? As it comes on to humidify does it toss too much moisture out at once for that size of storage box?

4 years ago
Reply to  James

YES, I own 5 electronic and the smallest humidor is 300 cigar. way too much. use the humi jars instead. small or a large size , depending how many cigars are in it and what season of the year. Im in NY so I need more in winter than summer. get a good hygrometer. I hope this helps.

John Pullo
3 years ago
Reply to  James

Hi James – you should be fine, depending on the size humidifier you pick. Actually, this question inspired a fan mail video we just did – watch here for a full breakdown and a product recommendation for your setup:
(and thanks for the question) – John

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