A Guide to Cigar Humidors
Buying a humidor means taking a few necessary steps in order to prepare for storing cigars in it. Or else the dry cedar wood lining can rob the cigars of humidity.
Adorini humidors are obtainable in two equipment alternatives. The basic or “standard” equipment comprises of a simple hygrometer along with metal spring and a sponge-based humidifier with a propylene glycol humidifying solution. The deluxe or “premium” equipment, however, consists of the exact adorini hair hygrometer along with the adorini premium deluxe humidifier that is based on acryl polymers.
This particular step is redundant if one has already bought the adorini hair hygrometer. The adorini hair hygrometer is available calibrated from beforehand and necessity for re-calibration arises only if there is shock suffered while being transported.
Analog hydrometers may be calibrated in two ways:
The usually suggested and most exact calibration technique is to put the hygrometer coupled with salt solution inside a plastic box of small proportions. A small quantity of salt needs to be taken and moistened such that it remains damp but does not dissolve. The hygrometer and salt should then be placed in a sealed plastic box. At the end of 8 hours humidity of the box should be 75%. Needle of the hygrometer maybe adjusted with a screwdriver, at the rear, to mark 75% humidity.
On the other hand, you might get rid of the hygrometer from the humidor, drape the hygrometer in a carefully damp cloth, and after about an hour regulate the hygrometer on the back with a screwdriver to about 96% relative humidity.
The humidifier must be placed on a plate and moisturized it with propylene glycol solution (applicable for a sponge-based humidifier) or distilled water.
Humidifier is left in the solution for about an hour and it absorbs liquid. Once it has absorbed an appropriate amount, the humidifier needs to be shaken in order to ensure that the liquid that was not riveted would be eliminated. The next step is to make dry the humidifier with a piece of cloth.
A cloth placed in distilled water should be used to wipe the walls of the interior of the humidor, divider and trays.
A glass of distilled water is placed in the humidor for three days. If you heat the water in a microwave before placing it into the humidor then the process takes only about a day before the humidor starts functioning. Basically the walls of the interior must absorb enough humidity.
A humidor that is well filled ideally must be aerated at the least about once every two weeks to supply it with fresh air on a regular basis. Temperature ranging between 64-70°F (18-21°C) is deemed perfect.
Temperatures veering beneath 54°F (12°C) may cause the aging process of the cigars to be seriously damaged. Thus it is only up to a point that cold wine cellars can serve for the purpose of cigar storage.
Higher temperatures are even more detrimental. Anything over and above 75°F (24°C) can result in worm infestation and decay. Thus exposing the cigars to direct sunlight is a complete no-no.