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Monday, November 2, 2009

Cigar Humidifiers

What is the difference between a cigar humidor and a cigar humidifier?
A cigar humidor is a container, normally shaped like a box, in which cigars are stored to keep them humid.

A cigar humidifier is the device that maintains the desired humidity level within the humidor.

It is important to know this, because not every humidor comes with a built-in cigar. You need to know the basics of how these devices work and how to choose the one that is best-suited to your humidor.

Why are they important?
Without cigar humidifiers, there would be no way to maintain the humidity levels with a humidor that are needed to keeping the cigar collection in prime physical condition.

How do these devices actually work?
A humidifier is charged with a 50/50 mixture of propylene glycol solution and distilled water. The device must be properly charged in order to achieve the 65 to 70 percent humidity.

What does a cigar humidifier look like?
It can any shape, size or color. Common shapes include square, rectangular, round, and stick shaped

These can be in various shapes, sizes, and colors. There are square ones, rectangular, round, stick shaped, etc.

How do you choose the right type and size of cigar humidifier?
Choosing the right shape and size depends on the size of the humidor or traveling case, and on the number of cigars in the container.

Where in the humidor is the humidifier attached?
It goes on the inside of the lid of the humidor, or it attaches to the side by means of either Velcro or a thin piece of metal held in place by a magnet.

These attachment devices normally come with the humidifier itself.

How do you maintain your humidifier?
When it comes time to use your cigar humidifier for the first time, you need to completely moisten it with a propylene glycol solution. This is also called a humidification solution, and it consists of 50% propylene glycol and 50% distilled water. A Germicide agent should also be used in this to help prevent the growth of bacteria and to allow you to better control the environment.

Allow the device the thoroughly absorb the solution before you turn it over. Gently shake out any excess, wipe it dry, and then attach it to the appropriate place within the humidor.

How often should I apply the humidification solution?
You should not use it more than once every 3-6 months. A good rule to follow is to use this solution only when you notice a dramatic change in seasonal temperatures?

What happens if I choose to use more than that?
You will diminish the capacity of your humidifier to properly maintain humidity levels within your humidor.

Can I use regular water instead?
No. Regular water contains too many minerals and will render your cigar humidifier useless by clogging it.

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