Cigar Humidification

How can I keep my humidor drier during the humid summer months?

Ron: I have three humidors. I do not use the humidifier at all during the summer and only in part of the fall. When I used the humidifier I was getting readings of 85% humidity; without the humidifier 72-75%. I tested the hygrometers by putting them all in the same humidor and by leaving them on the kitchen counter. They all read about the same.

To keep the humidity down I have been opening the lid at times when the outside humidity is lower.  I have also taken small ceramic space heaters and directed them at the open humidor.

Finally, I have set the open humidor in a closed room next to a dehumidifier. All these methods bring the humidity down, but once I close the lid the humidity returns to the high level.

GK: My guess is the humidifier/s are made to handle a much bigger humidor than those you have. I would suggest either using smaller humidifiers, or do what I do: add a teaspoon of distilled water when they need to be recharged instead of completely refilling them. If that’s not enough add a little more. If it was too much, let it dry out a bit; then you have an even better idea as to the amount of distilled needed to keep proper RH.

Ron: The humidors are about 2, 6, and 9 years old. The newer ones seem to retain more humidity. All the cigars (approx. 225) are fine, neither dried out our moist.

GK: Thankfully, the cigars are OK. In addition to the suggestions above, here’s one more idea that I picked up from a customer a while back: Add a small jar filled with white rice to the humidor to absorb the extra moisture. Restaurants in beach areas and similar locales where the weather is always a little damp, add rice to their salt shakers, which prevents the salt from caking up. Give it a try.

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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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