So you've just purchased our humidor and now you need to season it. You've come to the right place.
First, let's get the basics out of the way.
- Remove the plastic wring around the hygrometer (the gauge that measures humidity).
- Remove the silica gel pack (white pack with beads in it), it will prevent any humidity from being inside the box, so this is very important. You might have already thrown this away, so don't fret if you can't find it.
The first thing you are going to want to do is to calibrate your hygrometer. You'll want to do this before affixing it to the lid because it will need to be taken apart. Come back here once you've calibrated the hygrometer.
Now, there are few different ways to season a humidor, so I'm going to break this up by methods...
case Elegance humidifying gel
Most of our humidors come with the case Elegance humidifying gel. In this case, simply remove any cellophane wrapping underneath the dual lid structure and fill the gel bottle with water to the fill line (leave the lid off of the bottle) and watch until the humidifying gauge reads 84%. It is not uncommon for it to take two weeks or more for the gauge to read 84%.
Bowl of water method
Simply take a small bowl and fill it with water. Place directly inside the humidor and close the lid. Monitor the humidity about every two or three days until the gauge reads 84% or so (it is not uncommon for this to take two weeks or more), at which point you can put your cigars inside and fill up the humidifying puck.
84% Boveda pack method
Buy an 84% boveda pack and place inside the humidor until the humidity gauge reads 84% or so (it is not uncommon for this to take two weeks or more), at which point you can put your cigars inside and fill up the humidifying puck.
Filling up the humidifying puck
To fill up the humidifying puck, place it in a bowl of (preferably distilled) water for about 3 minutes (upside down so as not to ruin the sticky material). Then wipe off the excess water and place inside the humidor. You'll need to do this every so often (depends on the humidity in your environment). For wet climates maybe once every couple of weeks and perhaps weekly for dry climates.
If you've done one of the above methods for more than two weeks and the gauge isn't getting close to 84%, then there are a couple things to check...
Try calibrating your hygrometer - this is the most common issue.
You may have a broken hygrometer, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for a replacement.