Cigars 101

How to know if your analog hygrometer is really working

You’ve just bought a new humidor and it came with an analog hygrometer. You’ve prepped the box, put in the cigars and a week or two later, the cigars feel fine, but the hygrometer is “stuck” at a reading that’s well off the norm by over 10%. This observation is usually followed by anything from “Hmmm…” to panic and fear. No to worry. The important thing is the cigars feel supple and not overly moist or dry.

Remove the hygrometer. Provided it has a calibration screw, using a small screw driver, set the needle to 100%. Put it back in place in the humidor. A spring inside the hygrometer loosens or tightens depending on amount of RH. This is why you want to crank it up to its tightest setting. If the hygrometer is working, the needle will move back down and stop when it has reached its max RH level. This figure may be within range or not. But at least you’ll know it can be calibrated if necessary.

Click here to learn how to properly calibrate an analog hygrometer.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
nowsmoking todos las dias toro cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: Todos Las Dias Toro

#nowsmoking the Todos Las Dias from Steve Saka: “solidly-built”…”uber-creamy”…”the dark Criollo wrapper is flawless.” Click now to get the tasting notes, and everything else you need to know about the TDL in under 60 seconds…

Read More

5 Things You Need To Know About… Whiskey And Cigars

This relationship actually runs pretty deep…so I’m sharing 5 Things I learned that bond whiskey and cigars together: how cigarmaking dovetails with distilling, why a smoke is a natural fit with a pour of whiskey by its side, and what else these indulgences have in common.

Read More
EPC Cigars 5 Cigars Ernesto Perez-Carrillo interview CACover

5 Cigars That Made My Career: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigars

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's La Gloria sparked the 90s Cigar Boom, and he continues innovating today under the flag of EPC Cigars. But what were the premium cigars that, over the years, influenced and inspired him - and played a key role in his success? Ernesto revealed the list to us, and his answers may surprise you...
Read More

2016 CA Report: Mid-Year Review – Top New Cigars

See our list of the most "worthy" new cigars that have come out so far in 2016 - and get ready to sample some of these great new smokes, while you can.
Read More