Cigar Humidification

Jar cigar humidors

Q. I was just given a jar to store my cigars (I don’t think it’s a humidor though, just a sealed jar). How long will cigars stay good in a jar like that? I just ordered 25 cigars and wouldn’t want them to all get stale on me.If I were to put a sponge in the jar should I dampen the sponge, and how often should I do that?
– Danin Marlborough, MA
A.  Although it may be just a big mason jar, I’m going to assume you received a jar cigar humidor. It’s not a humidor in the traditional sense, but it sure keeps cigars fresh – and they will last a lifetime if properly managed.

The main drawback to a jar humidor is, it seals so tightly that humidity tends to build up quickly. You might even find yourself leaving the jar’s lid unlocked much of the time to allow a little airflow. Plus, they need to be kept out of direct sun or lamp light. If you put any kind of humidifier in there, I would suggest nothing more than a DryMistat stick. I would also add a digital hygrometer so you can keep tabs on the conditions, and a small block of cedar from a factory box for a little wood humidor fragrance.

Finally, be careful when removing any un-celloed cigars from the jar. If the jar is very full, sometimes the wrappers can tear while pulling the cigars out. Therefore, I suggest you keep the cellos on any cigars you plan on storing in the jar.

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.

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