This is a daunting question to many first time humidor purchasers. You’ve gone out and purchased a new humidor, maybe even your second and now you're racking your brain trying to remember, how do I season this humidor?
First let’s start with the proper seasoning method.
Start with lots of humidity. Get your humidor above 70% and if you can get to 80% you are doing great. There are multiple ways to achieve 70% plus humidity, our favorite is using the Hydro Tray as featured below.
No matter what you may have read or heard don’t be afraid to add lots of distilled water at this stage. Humidor Solution contains propylene glycol and distilled water. For seasoning, the distilled water will allow you to load more moisture into the humidor. Propylene glycol stops evaporating at 70% so if you are stuck there, simply add more distilled water to the humidor, either by adding to the hydro tray or adding a shot glass filled with distilled water. Make sure to keep the temperature as close to 70 degrees Fahrenheit as you can.
Be patient -- it's not worth rushing it.
It is so tempting to want to get your cigars into their new home -- however, you don’t want to rush seasoning. Adding cigars too early or not giving the distilled water / humidor solution enough time can cause a struggle to maintain humidity or worse cause your humidor to not hold its humidity.
Take into account what time of year it is and where you live.
If you live in a drier climate or if it’s winter, we recommend seasoning for a full 14 days and supplementing moisture with extra shot glass of humidor solution or distilled water. During the summer or in a more humid environment, 3 - 5 days is sufficient.
How does a properly seasoned humidor act?
If you have followed all the steps above, your humidor should hold humidity between 65% - 70%. Adding cigars may drop the humidity, depending on how dry the cigars are. The humidor should gradually climb back up to 65-70% within 7-10 days.
What can I do if I’m still having problems seasoning my humidor?
Check out the the multitude of options Case Elegance has available on our help page.