As the winter season settles in, it's essential to pay extra attention to the care and maintenance of your humidor to ensure that your cigars remain in perfect condition. We understand that the colder months can pose unique challenges to cigar enthusiasts, so we've gathered valuable tips from experts in the field and wanted to share them with you.
Here are the key tips:
1. Re-season Your Humidor:
As the winter hits, if you observe humidity fluctuations in your cigar humidor due to dry climate or seasonal changes, it's advisable to consider re-seasoning. This process helps maintain stable humidity levels. Typically, we recommend re-seasoning a wooden humidor once a quarter or at least twice a year.
A detailed guide on how to season your humidor can be found here: How to Prepare and Season Your Cigar Humidor.
2. Temperature Control:
Maintain a consistent temperature in your cigar storage area. Ideally, it should be around 65-70°F (18-21°C).
3. Humidity Levels:
Keep an eye on humidity levels. In colder weather, indoor heating can dry out the air. Ensure that the humidity level in your humidor is between 65-75%.
4. Check the humidification devices:
Check your humidification devices to see if they need replacement. For instance, if Boveda packs are hardening or the gel in the crystal gel humidor is running low, be sure to take note of these signs.
5. Rotate Your Cigars:
Rotate your cigars regularly in the humidor. This ensures even humidity distribution and prevents certain cigars from drying out while others become over-humidified.
6. Seal Maintenance:
Check the seal on your humidor. Make sure it's airtight to prevent the interior environment from being affected.
7. Avoid Direct Sunlight:
Keep your humidor away from direct sunlight and drafty areas. Sunlight can heat the humidor unevenly, and drafts can lead to temperature fluctuations.
Follow these tips to protect your cigars from winter's effects. Enjoy a perfect smoke year-round.