So what is it? A hygrometer is an instrument that measures the moisture in an environment by using a metric known as relative humidity. Besides being used in humidors, meteorologists use them to measure the weather and they are also used in greenhouses and industrial areas. How do I choose one? First you must decide if you want a digital or analog style hygrometer. The digital models are usually more expensive than analog style, but are easier to read. Once you chose between digital and analog it really comes down to personal choice. Just chose the one you think looks...
The purpose of a humidor is to protect your cigars, I think we can all agree on this. As a general rule you want your humidor to maintain a temperature of 70 degrees with a humidity level of 70%. Therefore, you need a wood that will help regulate this. So which wood should I choose? If you are reading about humidors, chances are you have heard of the wood Spanish Cedar. This is the most widely used and popular wood choice amongst humidor fans. Fun fact: contrary to its name, it is actually imported from Brazil and other Central and...
You may have heard that you shouldn’t use tap water in your humidor and been puzzled on why. I’m going to break down those reasons so you can stop following blind directions and start doing it because you understand the reasoning behind it. First of all, distilled water is just tap water that has been boiled down to remove all the impurities. It isn’t good to use tap water in any type of humidification system, not just humidors. Here’s why: Tap water contains chlorine. Chlorine can clog up the humidifier and stop it from working. Seem straightforward enough? Once the...
Picture this – You’re on vacation, sitting pool side with a glass of whiskey on one side and a cigar on your other. The last of the sun’s rays are coming down, making for a sky zig zagged of red and purples. Pretty sweet huh? Now in order to live out this fantasy you need to make sure your cigars come along with you, and safely at that. Now before you decide on which humidor to take with you on your trip, you should consider the amount of cigars you think you will smoke and the duration of your...
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