So you've just purchased the Case Elegance Ocotodor humidor, and now you need to season it. You've come to the right place.
- It's important to keep cigars stored as close to 70 degrees as possible. Lower temps will prevent the solution from evaporating and higher temps will quickly dry the humidor out.
- Winter months and dry climates require diligent maintenance, using bottle or distilled water in addition to humidor solution will boost humidity much faster than humidor solution alone.
- We do not recommend using Boveda packs. We have extensively tested Boveda packs with poor results.
DO NOT store your humidor in direct sunlight. This will quickly lower the humidor’s humidity.
Store your humidor on a level surface. Avoid sudden movements as it could cause the humidor solution to spill.
A NOTE ABOUT HUMIDITY IN YOUR OCTODOR
Because of the Octodor's large size, we often notice the bottom humidity is hovering around 68 to 72% while the top (the tray) is hovering around 3 to 5% lower (65%). Because the front gauge is measuring the middle of the humidor, it typically reads closer to the humidity at the top of the tray (65%).
At first glance, this may seem like an issue, but when we started interviewing aficionados they loved that they could store some cigars at a bit lower humidity. Many enjoy smoking cigars at 65% because of the burn quality and taste but prefer to store cigars at a little higher humidity.
Of course, you can remove the tray and get a bit more even humidity but we encourage you to test smoking the tray cigars vs the bottom cigars and see which you prefer. We at Klaro like to rotate the bottom cigars to the tray and then smoke from the tray.
HYDRO SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS (Updated: Dec 15 - 2020)
First, remove the plastic pull-tab from the backside of the digital hygrometer to turn it on (located on the front of the humidor). You can switch to °F or °C by temporarily removing the rubber seal and pressing the small button located on the back. Next, open the Hydro Tray.
Next, wet a towel with the provided “Humidor Solution” and lightly wipe down the inside cedar, including the removable storage tray. Do not exceed 1/4 of the bottle.
- Rest the Hydro Tray in the bottom of the humidor (above the recessed slot) and carefully fill it with humidor solution. Use about 1/4 of the bottle.
Pour a little bit of the solution into each 1/4 section, then put the tray lid back on. Set aside the other accessories.
Let the humidor rest until the hygrometer reads ABOVE 70% FOR 1-3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS. This process can take up to 2 weeks depending on your local climate. Feel free to place additional shot-glasses or bowl of distilled water to help. You may also need to wipe the humidor down one more time (Step 1).
Leave the Hydro Tray in the bottom of the humidor and gently tear open the included "Gel Solution" packet from the edge. Remove the lid and evenly distribute the gel into the solution. Wait 6-12hrs for the gel to absorb the solution.
After, if your humidor is:
Between 70-75% = No more solution + Next Step
Between 65-69% = Add 1/4 of solution + Next Step
Above 75% = Remove Hydro Tray for 24-48 hours and re-evaluate
Put the Hydro Tray lid back on and place in the bottom of the humidor. Set the wood tray cover on top of the Hydro Tray.
It’s time to put your cigars in the humidor. Your humidity levels need to be between 67-75% when placing cigars inside. Your cigars will soak up the moisture and inside humidity levels might decline. When cigars are inside, the optimal humidity level for our humidors is between 65-72%.
WINTER/DRY CLIMATE SEASONING TIPS
The easiest way to raise your humidity, is to add distilled or bottled water to your hydro tray. Make sure to add a dab of humidor solution to prevent mold.
When seasoning - remove the lid from the hydro tray and set on top of the wooden tray - it helps let the moisture rise.
Give the humidor 1 wipe down with solution or distilled water (no more as it could cause warping).
Adding a shot glass full of solution or distilled water is great.
Keep the temperature in your humidor as close to 70 degrees fahrenheit as you can get it. Too high and your humidity will evaporate very quickly.
In a drier climate or the winter, it can take a full bottle of solution and up to two weeks to properly season a humidor. Adding bottle or distilled water directly to the tray will boost if you are having issues.
Even after adding your cigars, you have to be especially vigilant until things begin to stablize in the humidor. Don't feel like you have to add the gel crystals until your cigars are added and the humidity has stabilized.
We have extensively tested with Boveda packs in our humidors and have not had good results. We do not recommend using them.