Follow these five humidor hacks this summer to keep your smokes tasting delicious.
Double Check Your Equipment
When was the last time you checked the battery on your cigar equipment? If you have a digital thermometer (and you should), make sure that it’s running properly. The same goes for your hygrometer if you have one of those. Check the readings occasionally to make sure that the devices are working properly, and if anything seems amiss, replace them immediately – the cost of these devices is often negligible compared to even a beginner’s collection.
Move Your Humidor
If you have an area or two in your home that tend to remain significantly cooler than the rest of the house on a scorching summer day, such as a cellar or basement, consider hauling your humidor to one of these spots. This is often a good money saver too, since you won’t feel obligated to crank up the air conditioning to help out your suffering humidor.
Speaking of air conditioning, make sure that you don’t put your humidor anywhere near a duct or vent, since the moisture can be damaging to the wood or worse, your prized cigars.
Upgrade from Humidor to Coolidor
“Coolidors” have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Coolidors involve the use of a simple cooler (like the ones you might take camping), and installing your hygrometer and humidifier into it. This is a remarkably cost effective solution to beating the summer heat and protecting your cigars, and can often be done in a single afternoon.
Tip: If you plan on using an old cooler that’s been sitting in the garage for a few months (or years), make sure to wash it out thoroughly. This can be a little difficult if you haven’t had to do it before, but it’s an easy job if you dump some hot water and baking soda into the cooler and let it sit for a few hours.
Open Your Humidor
If you live in an area that gets particularly humid during the summer, you may find that your box is getting a bit too humid. If this happens, the solution can be as simple as opening the lid for an hour or two — but only do this if the ambient temperature in the room is cool enough. Be sure to keep a close eye on the temperature to avoid cigar beetles.
For Those With Large Collections: Build a “Fridgeador”
Did you think the coolidor was crazy? Some collectors go so far as to build their own “Fridgeadors”. These contraptions usually involve the use of a modified wine refrigerator. These types of refrigerators are typically quite small so won’t take up too much room, but definitely plan on it taking up more space than your desktop humidor. These devices allow you near-total accuracy with the temperature of your cigars.