How To Dehumidify A Humidor

How To Dehumidify A Humidor

If you live in an area with high humidity, it can be very hard to keep your humidor at the right humidity level. And just like low humidity can cause cigar wrappers to dry out and crack, too much humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow in your humidor, ruining your cigars and making them unsmokable.

Luckily, there are ways you can lower the humidity levels in your humidor by using a dehumidifier or desiccant. This article explains the best ways to go about this project so that you don’t ruin your cigars in the process!

Why is it important to get your humidor to 65%RH?

If the humidity in your humidor is too high, your cigars will absorb too much moisture and become over-hydrated. This can cause them to crack, split, or even mold. On the other hand, if the humidity is too low, your cigars will dry out and become brittle. Not only will they lose their flavor, but they’ll also be more susceptible to damage.

Step 1: Preparing Your Cigar Supplies

Before you start the dehumidification process, it’s important to make sure you have all the supplies you need. You’ll need a hygrometer, a Boveda pack, and a small container.

Step 2: Preparing The New Sponge

Before you can use your new sponge, you need to prepare it. Start by soaking the sponge in distilled water for 24 hours. Once it’s done soaking, squeeze out any excess water and then place it in the freezer for at least 12 hours. This will help the sponge last longer.

Step 3: Preparing The Existing Sponge

Once you have your new sponge, it’s time to prepare the existing one for reuse. If your humidor is already seasoned, you can skip this step. Otherwise, you’ll need to remove the old sponge and rinse it with distilled water. Wring it out thoroughly so that it’s just damp, then put it back in the humidor.

Step 4: Changing The Existing Beads

If the beads in your humidor are no longer working to keep the humidity at the desired level, it’s time to change them out. You’ll want to start by emptying out your humidor and taking out all of the cigars. Next, remove the old beads and discard them.

To prep the new beads, place them in a bowl of distilled water for about 15 minutes. Once they’re fully saturated, drain off any excess water and then place them in the humidor. Finally, put your cigars back in and close the lid.

Step 5: Setting Up The Container

Choose a container that’s big enough to fit all of your cigars, but not so big that it will take forever to dehumidify. Next, drill or punch a few small holes in the lid of the container. These holes will allow air to circulate while the cigars are drying out.

Place a layer of activated charcoal at the bottom of the container. Activated charcoal is great at absorbing moisture, and it will help to keep your cigars dry. Finally, place a rack or some other type of support in the container so that the cigars are not touching the charcoal directly.

Step 6: Adding Water To The Bucket & Mixing It Up

Now that you have your humidity level where you want it, it’s time to add water to the bucket and mix it up. This will help keep the relative humidity in your humidor at a consistent level. Here’s how to do it:

1) Fill the bucket with distilled water. You can find this at most grocery stores.

2) Add a few drops of white vinegar to the water. The vinegar helps get rid of the bacteria that are trying to grow inside your humidifier. It also kills mold spores while helping remove any minerals or impurities from the water.

3) Fill an empty bottle or jar with distilled water, then pour it into the bucket and stir it around for about 30 seconds or so.

4) Put a digital hygrometer on top of the bucket so you can monitor the humidity levels as they change over time and make adjustments accordingly.

5) Place some sort of plate on top of the bucket so air cannot escape out from underneath, then place your cigars back inside your humidor for storage until you’re ready to smoke them again!

Step 7: Pour From 1 Bucket Into Another Until Just Over Half-Full

Now that you have your salt and water mixed together, it’s time to start the dehumidification process. Pour the mixture into one of the buckets until it is just over half-full. Then, take the other bucket and pour the mixture into that one. Continue this process until all of the mixture has been transferred.

Step 8: Add Water Until Full, And Hang For 24 Hours

If your humidor is still too dry, it’s time to add water. Get a bowl of distilled water and slowly pour it into the humidifier until it’s full. Then, take a clean rag and wipe away any water that may have gotten on the outside of the humidifier. Finally, hang the humidifier in your humidor for 24 hours before checking the humidity levels again.

Final Word

If you follow these 9 steps, you’ll be on your way to dehumidifying your humidor and keeping your cigars fresh. But, as with anything in life, nothing is perfect. You may still experience some humidity fluctuations.

The important thing is to monitor your humidor regularly and make adjustments as needed. With a little time and effort, you’ll be enjoying fresh cigars for years to come!

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I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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