How can I put the “whoosh” in my humidor?

Q: I recently purchased a used Daniel Marshall humidor through eBay. It doesn’t have that “whoosh” sound when I close the lid, indicating a tight seal. Is there anything I can do to tighten the seal?
Thanks!
– Kevin R. in Dexter, NY

A:  Even if it doesn’t make a “whoosh!” sound, that doesn’t mean the seal isn’t good. See how the cigars do in the humidor for about a month. If they’re staying fresh, you probably don’t need to do anything. Next summer, when the weather warms-up, the wood will swell a little naturally.

But if not having it go “whoosh” really bothers you that much…

  1. Take a new, clean kitchen sponge or a small paintbrush used for doing trim. (I prefer the brush).
  2. Pour some 50/50 solution into a little pan or bowl
  3. Daub the brush in the solution and very lightly “paint” the upper portion of the lid only around the perimeter, where the lid fits inside the top of the base. Leave it open for awhile until the solution has been absorbed. The wood will swell a little during this time.
  4. Close the box and you should notice the fit is now a little tighter.

The swelling may go down again while the weather remains dry, but don’t overdo it. You should be fine.

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