How To Install Hygrometer In Humidor

If you’re a cigar smoker and you have your own humidor at home, chances are that it has what’s called a hygrometer. Now, you may be wondering why this piece of equipment is so important, but trust us when we say that it is.

A hygrometer tells you the humidity level in your humidor, and this is essential for maintaining the optimal level of humidity for storing your cigars so they stay fresh and flavorful. To learn more about how to install your own hygrometer in your humidor, keep reading!

Step 1: Define your humidor

A humidor is an airtight container used to store cigars, cigarettes, or other tobacco products in order to keep them fresh. Cigars are especially sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, so it is important to maintain a consistent environment inside the humidor.

For this reason, most humidors come with a built-in hygrometer that measures the humidity levels within the box. But if your humidor doesn’t have one, you can easily install one by following these 10 simple steps!

Maintaining consistency in your humidor can be accomplished with a few different types of hygrometers: digital or analog dials.

Digital models are less expensive but require calibration and can be harder to read because they only measure relative humidity (RH). Analog dials measure both RH and temperature which makes them more accurate than digital models but also more expensive (upwards of $150)

Step 2: Measure your humidor interior

Before you purchase a hygrometer, you’ll need to know what size will fit best in your humidor. To do this, take out any shelves or trays that are inside and measure the length, width, and height of the empty space.

If your humidor is round, measure the diameter instead. Knowing these dimensions will help you narrow down your choices and find a hygrometer that will fit snugly inside.

Step 3: Locate the best spot for your hygrometer

The hygrometer should be placed in the center of the humidor, on the inside of the lid. This will allow for an accurate reading of the humidity levels inside the humidor. Make sure to avoid placing the hygrometer near any cigars, as this can affect the accuracy of the readings.

Step 4: Wipe down your humidor inside

After you’ve given your humidor a good cleaning, it’s time to wipe down the inside. You’ll want to use a clean, dry cloth for this. Wipe down the walls, ceiling, and floor of your humidor until there is no dust or debris left behind.

Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies so that your cigars will be stored in a clean environment. If you have any mold or mildew on the interior, then you should use an appropriate cleaner to scrub it off before continuing with your project.

Step 5: Cut the hole using a jigsaw

A jigsaw is the best tool for cutting the hole for your hygrometer. The first thing you need to do is mark the center of the lid of your humidor. Then, using a drill, make a pilot hole in the center of your marked spot. Once you have your pilot hole, you can start cutting out the circle using your jigsaw.

Go slowly and be careful not to cut yourself. When you’re finished, you should have a perfect circle cut out for your hygrometer.

Step 6: Insert the mount into the hole

Now that you have the mount, it’s time to insert it into the hole. This is a pretty simple process, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the mount is lined up with the hole.

Second, gently insert the mount into the hole. Third, once the mount is in the hole, screw it in place. Fourth, fifth, and sixth, repeat steps two through four for the remaining mounts. Finally, seventh, screw in the final mount.

Step 7: Secure with tape or glue

Before you go gluing or taping your hygrometer into place, make sure that the area is clean and dry. Once you have the adhesive ready, apply it to the back of the hygrometer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Firmly press the hygrometer into place and hold for a few seconds until it’s secure. If you’re using tape, be sure to wrap it around the entire circumference of the hygrometer so that it doesn’t come loose.

Step 8: Place the hygrometer

Once you have your hygrometer, it’s time to install it in your humidor. This process is actually quite simple and only requires a few minutes of your time.

1. Start by finding a spot for the hygrometer inside your humidor. Most people like to place theirs near the lid so that they can easily see it when they open up the humidor.

2. Next, use a small piece of tape or Velcro to attach the hygrometer to the inside of the humidor.

3. Once the hygrometer is in place, close up the humidor and let it sit for 24 hours before checking on the readings.

Step 9: Set humidity level and track progress

A hygrometer is an important tool for maintaining the proper humidity level in your humidor. By tracking the progress, you can ensure that your cigars are properly cared for and avoid over-humidifying them.

It’s also good practice to calibrate your hygrometer once per year. To do this, seal it in a plastic bag along with a wet sponge (this will cause it to read the same as if it were sitting inside of the moist environment of your humidor). Allow three days for calibration, then place it back into its original location.

Step 10: Maintain humidity levels as needed

By now, you should have a working hygrometer in your humidor! In order to keep your cigars fresh and properly humidified, check the humidity levels regularly and add water or humidification solution as needed.

Too much or too little humidity can ruin cigars, so it’s important to keep an eye on things. With a little bit of care and attention, your cigars will stay fresh and taste great for years to come!

Final Word

A hygrometer is an essential piece of equipment for any cigar aficionado. By monitoring the humidity levels in your humidor, you can ensure that your cigars are being stored properly and prevent them from drying out or becoming over-saturated. While some hygrometers come pre-calibrated, it is always a good idea to calibrate yours before use.

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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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