How to start your humidor?

Note:always use distilled (demineralized) water. It can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies.

  • Step 1
    • Put the humidifier sponge in a ziploc bag and fill it with distilled water.
    • Seal up the bag. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
    • Remove the sponge and let it drain on a paper towel if necessary.
    • Install the sponge in your humidor with the magnet or velcro strips provided.
  • Step 2
    • While the sponge is soaking up distilled water, take a damp cloth and moisten the inside of your humidor.
  • Step 3
    • In order to reset the hygrometer (or the gage as it is more simply called), wrap it in a wet cloth for 20 minutes to push it to 100%.
    • If the hygrometer needle doesn’t reach 100%, insert a small knife or screwdriver from the back and readjust the needle so that it points to 100%.
    • If you are using an electronic gage, skip this part. Simply insert batteries and voila!
    • Ideal humidity levels range from 60 to 70%.
    • It is important to check your puros regularly to see if they are too moist and soft or slightly dry. The hygrometer is there as a guideline; it can be off by as much as 10% (repeat the step above if you think this is the case).
  • Step 4
    • Wait 2 or 3 days until the humidity level reaches 60%.
    • For smaller humidors the process may be shorter while for larger humidors it may be longer and may require a second humidifier fill-up.

The humidor is now ready for use.

How often should you refill the humidity regulator?

When you see the humidity level decreasing, or you feel your puros are slightly dry, it is time to refill the humidity regulator. Over time you will get to know the vagaries of your humidor and will know more exactly when to refill it.

For now, here are some general guidelines. You may have to refill your regulator more or less often, depending on:

  • The season
    • in winter, every 10 days
    • in summer, every 2-3 weeks
    • Be sure to keep your humidor well away from sources of heat (heaters, fireplaces) and direct sunlight.
  • The size of your sponge and the size of your humidor
    • A small humidity regulator will require refilling more often than a large one.
    • If the regulator is too small for the size of the humidor, you will have to refill it very often. In this case it is a good idea to upgrade to a larger, more adequate humidity regulator.
  • The number of puros in your humidor
    • The humidity regulator will have to be refilled more often if your humidor is full than if it is at 50 or 25 % of its capacity.