One of the most common questions we get in the cigar industry is whether or not distilled water can be used in humidors instead of propylene glycol or other similar products. The short answer to this question is no, as distilled water can actually have adverse effects on cigars if used incorrectly.
In this article, we’ll give you all the details on why distilled water shouldn’t be used in humidors and how to properly maintain your humidor with the right type of solution, so you can enjoy your cigars at their best!
Can You Use Distilled Water In A Humidor?
When thinking about whether or not you can use distilled water in a humidor, there are a few things to consider. Because distilled water is so clean and pure, it won’t really help your humidifier. The impurities that make tap water ideal for humidors are still present in most kinds of distilled water.
So if you want to avoid using tap water altogether (as many cigar enthusiasts do), then going with bottled spring or mineral water may be your best bet. However, if you aren’t opposed to using tap water in your humidor, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Tap water has been used in humidors for years now and will continue to be used as long as people keep their cigars properly conditioned. That said, some cigar smokers have reported that they see an improvement when they switch from regular tap water to filtered water.
If you want to try it out yourself, feel free! Just remember that any changes will likely take several weeks before they show up on your cigars.
Can I use spring water in my humidor?
The short answer is yes, you can use spring water. Is it worth using over tap water or bottled water? That’s up to you to decide. There are several pros and cons that you should take into consideration when deciding whether or not spring water is right for your humidor.
Let’s start with some of the benefits of using spring water in your humidor. First off, if you live in an area where there are hard minerals in your tap water (such as calcium), then distilled water will be a better option for maintaining a consistent level of humidity inside of your humidor.
Spring water also has a neutral pH balance which means that it won’t add any additional acidity to your cigars which could potentially damage them over time.
Additionally, since distilled water doesn’t have any added chemicals or minerals like fluoride or chlorine, it won’t leave behind any residue on your cigars once they’ve been exposed to it.
The effects of hard water on a humidor
If you live in an area with hard water, your humidor will be far less effective than one kept in a location with soft water.
Hard water is characterized by high amounts of calcium and magnesium. Because these minerals are deposited on humidors made of wood, they will eventually make it difficult to maintain or repair.
Many humidors are damaged beyond repair because of mineral deposits caused by hard water, so if you have a valuable piece, be sure to protect it! The only way to do that is by keeping your humidor away from areas with hard water.
Hard water also hinders smoke due to its inability to dissolve solids properly, which means more time spent cleaning and maintaining your humidor’s ideal levels of humidity.
Can I use RO water in my humidor?
Before putting in your newly purchased cigars into your humidor, you will want to know if distilled water is good enough or if you need some type of a propylene glycol solution.
To put it simply, can I use RO water in my humidor? There are many myths out there surrounding how we maintain our cigars and what products we should be using. Some say we should not use distilled water because it is hard on wood and harmful to our cigars.
Others claim that distilled water actually gets rid of moisture within a humidor allowing your collection to age faster than if it were maintained with a propylene glycol solution.
How to humidify a humidor
Cigars are susceptible to a number of issues including mold, cracking and warping due to rapid changes in humidity. If you live in a cold climate or are subjecting your cigars to temperature variations, it’s even more important to maintain consistent humidification.
To keep your smokes fresh for as long as possible, it’s best practice to use distilled water in humidors rather than tap water. Read on for more information about how to use distilled water in a humidor and what other options you have.
It might sound strange at first, but using distilled water in a humidor is optimal because it eliminates any minerals that may be present in tap water. The mineral content can affect moisture retention, which will influence drying time after each smoke session.
Tap water also typically contains chlorine that can react with chemicals used by cigar manufacturers and cause damage to seals over time. Finally, some people also believe that distillation helps remove heavy metals from tap water that may build up over time on wooden surfaces inside a humidor.
Can purified water be used in humidor?
Pure water, or distilled water, is becoming a more popular item on supermarket shelves. Companies are starting to promote it as being healthier than regular tap water because of its purity.
But can you really use distilled water in your humidor to keep your cigars in good condition and smoke great? The answer is both yes and no, depending on which humidifier you have inside your humidor.
Can you use bottled water in a humidor?
I’ve been asked many times if distilled water can be used in a humidor. I can confidently answer yes, but… Here’s why. If you have hard water and/or soft water in your area, it could negatively affect your cigars.
When I say soft water, I mean any kind of water that has low mineral content like rainwater or well-water. Softened or not softened (through some chemical process), if your tap/well/rainwater is soft, it doesn’t contain much mineral content and can wreak havoc on your stogies!
Do you have to use distilled water in an ultrasonic humidifier?
There’s been a lot of debate about using distilled water in an ultrasonic humidifier. People argue that distilled water is too hard and that it can cause mineral buildup on a humidifier’s motor.
Many people have suggested using demineralized or DI water, but most experts say that demineralized water isn’t good either because it contains trace amounts of minerals which can leave deposits on humidifiers.
With all these mixed reviews, what should you use for your humidifier’s water? Is there really a difference between tap water and distilled or demineralized water in terms of their effects on humidifiers and cigar storage conditions? What are all these types of humidification systems anyway and how do they work? Let’s find out!
Ultrasonic humidifiers are by far one of the easiest ways to maintain your cigars with no effort at all. They’re also quite cheap to run if you use them right.
Even though most manufacturers recommend using distilled water instead of tap water, there isn’t any evidence to suggest that tap water will damage an ultrasonic humidifier as long as it has a drain valve.
One problem with tap water is that it contains calcium and magnesium ions (which make up salts) which can form deposits inside your vaporizer leaving behind stains from calcification and potentially reducing its lifespan over time depending on how often you operate it.
Can you use tap water in a cigar humidifier?
Many people wonder if they can use tap water in a cigar humidifier. There are several reasons why you should use distilled water in your humidifier, however. The biggest reason is that chlorine is often added to tap water. Chlorine and cigars don’t mix well.
Chlorine can add a chemical taste to your cigars that’s difficult to remove. Most cigar smokers want their cigars to age properly, which means avoiding anything that will potentially ruin them during storage or transport.
To ensure your humidifier operates at its best and doesn’t damage your cigars while they’re stored, make sure you only use distilled water in it at all times..
Distilled water is usually about 99.5% pure, so it would seem that it would evaporate rather quickly and leave behind a lower amount of moisture than tap water. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use distilled water in your humidor though.
The debate rages on between those who believe distilled water is harmful to cigars, and those who believe there’s no difference between using distilled or tap water. Really, it comes down to personal preference, as well as your particular cigar brand.