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David Savona

Smoking in the Cold

Posted: Jan 24, 2011 12:00am ET

I spent the weekend in Central Vermont with my family and a great group of friends. They skied, I didn't (call me crazy, but strapping greased planks to my feet before pointing my toes down an icy mountain sounds like suicide, not fun) but I enjoyed myself quite a bit with some quiet time by a roaring fire. At night, there were bourbon cocktails and great conversation.

Like many households, this one didn't smile upon cigar smoke, so one afternoon my two buddies and I suited up and headed to the deck for a cigar. I lit up a fat Room 101 Conjura Edition and puffed away quite happily. The cigar was delicious. We hung out for a bit, even posed for a photograph, but the thermometer was flirting with one degree as the sun began to set. We lasted only about 20 minutes before the cold got the better of us and we headed back to the (indoor) fire to shake it off.

I feel funny complaining about how cold Vermont was this weekend, because as I sit here in New York writing my blog I find the morning temperatures back in Vermont dropped all the way down to 22 below zero, with considerably colder wind chills. I don't think I would have braved a cigar under such circumstances. I may not have even ventured outside. It's brutally cold throughout the entire northeast today, and few cities will get above freezing. Northern Maine, according to the Weather Channel, will have a high of zero degrees.

Cigar retailers fear abnormally cold temperatures because it affects business. With so many cigar lovers forced to smoke outside, low temperatures often mean reduced cigar sales. When a person's only smoking room is the chair on his deck, and said chair is covered by six inches of snow, he's likely to take a pass on the Padrón for the evening. It was not always so. One imagines that back in the day when cigar smoking was an indoor activity, a little cold weather wasn't likely to hamper anyone's love of a fine cigar. In fact, on cold, snowy evenings, one might have been likely to puff a little more.

So I'd like to hear from you and your cold-weather cigar smoking. What happens to your cigar hobby when the weather gets cold? Do you ever brave the low, low temperatures to enjoy a fine cigar? I'd love to hear your stories.

Comments   93 comment(s)

KYLE SCHRAGE — MURFREESBORO, TN, UNITED STATES,  —  January 24, 2011 10:44am ET

I agree. Once it drops below about 45F, I choose to skip the smoke. Dont have a "man cave". Warmer days ahead though!


GERARD HANIFIN — MORRISVILLE, VT, UNITED STATES,  —  January 24, 2011 11:18am ET

I live in central Vermont, so the cold is something you get used to up here. During the winter, I have to either smoke in my cold basement or out in the colder garage. Definitely affects the amount of cigars I smoke, down to 1 per week during the winter months compared to at least 1 a day during the warmer months. Thanks for bringing your family up to Vermont and hope you had a great time.


Jeremiah Wood — Athens, GA,  —  January 24, 2011 11:35am ET

In Georgia, we get a lot more warm than cold. But if it's cold outside, that just means more trips to the friendly cigar shop.


Jeff Stuckey — Ellettsville, IN, USA,  —  January 24, 2011 12:24pm ET

Hot tub, baby!


Chris DiBianco — Mill Creek, WA, USA,  —  January 24, 2011 12:25pm ET

Only smoking allowed indoors in WA is at the Casinos that are on the Indian Reservations. One of them has a very nice cigar lounge so I usually hit that up. But it's about a 45 minute drive. Sometimes I go to a friends house because his dad has a "man cave." But that rarely happens because he is away for school. Most of the time it's sit out in a garage at my other buddy's house and just hang out there. Sooner or later I'll be buying a house with a detached garage(hopefully) and convert it into my own bar/cigar hang out.


Erik Gellerstedt — Eagan, MN, United States,  —  January 24, 2011 12:37pm ET

Here in Minneapolis, MN, cold is an issue about 5 months of the year. So there are a lot of creative situations out there. My new house has a huge deck that will be perfect for smoking spring-fall, but right now my solution was to buy a propane deck heater and make smoking outside tolerable. The next option is the cigar shop in Burnsville. Also, I buy shorter cigars for the winter as I don't want to waste a Churchill by not having the time to smoke it properly. Next step is a garage makeover with good heaters, TV and stereo.


Jamal Mickens — Fayetteville, NC, USA,  —  January 24, 2011 4:08pm ET

I live in Fayetteville, NC and I know alot of people think that because its in the south that it doesn't get old but trust me it does get cold down south as they say. I love my cigars and the cold weather does put a damper on smoking them. I tend to smoke less in the winter months due to the cold weather, even if its a nice day in the high 40's by the time I get home from work it's freezing so I don't smoke as much. But when there is a will there is a way. So during the winter months I'll pull my car out of teh garage and I have a little space heater and I sit next to the space heater and enjoy a cigar. Yea I have on a jacket but, I don't have the multiple layers it would require me to have on if I was on the back porch.


Steven Biles — Sollentuna, Sweden,  —  January 24, 2011 7:15pm ET

I live just outside of Stockholm, Sweden so smoking in cold weather is a fact of life for 4-5 months a year. Once it goes below 25 degrees I no longer have any interest in smoking outside even though my balcony is glassed in with a small heater (still requires a parka, hat and gloves). The enjoyment of a cigar is taking your time not a race against frostbite. Currently, I smoke about one cigar a week while the sun is up to a bit more warmth otherwise I can wait until Spring.


chris sanchez January 24, 2011 9:26pm ET

This is why I have 2 patio heaters on my deck.


stantine972 January 24, 2011 9:54pm ET

I wish someone would come out with a heated smoking jacket and pants that you could plug in like a heated blanket. Cigar Aficionado could show it under the cigar toys section.
I just smoked a cigar the other day and thanked God that it was a 5x50, because I felt like I was going to freeze to death 2 inches in. Mother Nature in the NorthEast part of the USA is kind of like Great Neck NY, you just can't smoke outside!
From Commack NY (Long Island)


David Savona January 24, 2011 10:10pm ET

Great comments, keep them coming!


Benjamin Bickford — Rochester, NH, USA,  —  January 24, 2011 10:38pm ET

Winter in New Hampshire forces you to have a well thought out smoking plan in place. My plan of attack is to gear up with layers, hat, and gloves that will allow me to maneuver the cigar. Next I grab my most comfortable lawn chair and park myself in the corner of the garage so I don't expose myself to the wind. I find the wind is what really makes it uncomfortable. Lastly, as a general rule nothing larger than a robusto gets smoked during the winter months. I aim for a 30 to 45 minute cigar with my favorite cognac/single malt and that surely does the trick. I can usually squeeze in 4 to 5 cigars per week this way. Happy smoking gentlemen....


Illie L. January 25, 2011 12:24am ET

I'm in the NY metro area. We have a regular indoor herf on fridays and the occasional sunday football smoke at a good friend's.

Most of the week though, it's multiple layers and cut-off gloves on the balcony as well as slightly cracking the windows in the car on my 50 minute commute. I try to get in 4-5 cigars a week.


MARTY MILLER — WILMINGTON, NC, UNITED STATES,  —  January 25, 2011 1:39am ET

Well, I am one of the more fortunate among us; I am permitted to smoke indoors. The ban on cigar smoking in most indoor establishments is one example of the "woosification" of America. Very, very sad.
Marty Miller,
Wilmington, NC


Pete Noel January 25, 2011 7:32am ET

Since I don't smoke in my apartment out of respect for my wife, I'm regulated to either smoking on the patio or going down to one of the local B&M's. Thankfully I live on Long Island and there's no shortage of B&M's with smoking lounges. I know of 4 of them within 15 mins of my place but usualy go to the one in which I am a member of. That means I'm down from 1 a day to 2-3 a week depending on how much time I have. My wife and I have an agreement when we buy a house...I get a room to use as a man-cave.


Paulo Vieira — Milton, Ontario, Canada,  —  January 25, 2011 9:52am ET

Great topic!

Living just outside of Toronto, Canada we experience similar weather to the NE US. Having 2 small kids i wouldn't dare smoke in the house and our rights as smokers in Canada are gone so my only option is an outdoor excursion. A couple ounces of 7 year Rum accompanied by a smaller cigar and i can more than bear the chill for an hour. The comfort from the cigar accompanied by the Sweetness of the Rum quickly takes me to a place where it is no longer cold.

I love my stogies


Christian A January 25, 2011 11:13am ET

I live on the eastern end of Long Island where like most New Yorkers it'S way too cold for me to smoke or enjoy a cigar outdoors. I am fortunate to be able to smoke anywhere in my home. Dinners with the stinky ashtray stand and cigar by my side are blessing in these frigid times. After dinner I reside to the finished basement and large screen TV for cigar and drink. Again fortunate. To all my brothers who brave the cold you have my respect!


Fred Weissberger January 25, 2011 12:56pm ET

I find myself smoking in the car on my way home from work. Crack the winows, tilt open the sun roof, turn on the seat warmers, etc. Don't smoke the good stuff, bit I can still enjoy a smoke without risking frostbite


JACK BETTRIDGE — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  January 25, 2011 2:27pm ET

My brother Gerry lives in Wisconsin and his line about the weather has always been: "We have two seasons: Winter and two months of dicey skating." Now, he says, the punchline is: "Two months of smoking comfortable smoking."


Doug Beatty January 25, 2011 2:32pm ET

Once my kids moved out I renovated my basement and sealed the ceiling with foam and Roxul Safe n Sound. The door to the main floor is also weatherstripped and to finish the job I built a bulkhead with an interior 6" venting pipe leading outside through an exhaust fan. Crack a window to get fresh air in.
The main portions of the house are smoke and odour free to my wife's satisfaction but apparently both myself and the dogs are still a problem when we emerge to visit guests.
I get a lot of long-distance visitors in the winter.


Rick Hilton — Coventry, Rhode Island, USA,  —  January 25, 2011 8:07pm ET

I cant wait for the summer months to enjoy a bunch of churchills that are collecting in my humidor. That said, cold in the northeast is a fact of life. My winter plan is as follows:

Smaller smokes
garage with space heater
bundle up
Fingerless gloves are key also

although it is not the most desireable conditions, some of the best times I have had were enjoying puros in the cold with good friends and hearty beverages!


Michael Stevenson — Naples, Fl, usa,  —  January 25, 2011 8:15pm ET

I live in SW Florida, I don't have a man cave, but the garage is mine. I usually smoke on the weekends. I get up early ,and when the coffee is done, I head outside with a cigar. Usually in the winter, the mornings are in the 45-50 degree range (there have been days when it has been in the 30s). I just put on a jacket, lite up and enjoy.


Colin Ray — Adairsville, GA, USA,  —  January 25, 2011 9:39pm ET

I don't smoke as much during the winter for sure. I do, however, tend to buy more cigars. I use the downtime to replenish and read up on the hobby.


stantine972 January 25, 2011 11:16pm ET

Can you become a "Snow Bird" at 38?
I'm going outside right now with a Tatuaje, robusto.
Cigar Aficionado, Pete Johnson and everyone else on this blog wish me luck. I know my uncle Knob Creek and cousin North Face already have my back.
Happy sticks fellas.

George- Commack NY (Long Island)


JACK BETTRIDGE — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  January 26, 2011 4:10am ET

You have some good relatives, George


Nick Hammond January 26, 2011 5:30am ET

For many years Dave, I survived UK winters in my shed with lots of cloths and good whisky. Now, my office in the garden doubles as my cigar room, so heat, light, satellite TV, music, books, booze and cigars all under one roof :) Snow? What snow?


Jim Kiefer — Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America,  —  January 26, 2011 1:45pm ET

In the Cleveland area we have a park system called the Emerald Necklace. It's 45 miles in one direction. I get in the car, open the moonroof and fire up the heated seats and go. If the cigar isn't done by the time I get to the end, I just turn around and go in the other direction. Day or night, it's a nice drive and with the roof open, even my wife doesn't complain about the smoke.


Darren Proctor January 26, 2011 1:57pm ET

I have turned my detached, one-car garage, into a ManCave. Its decorated with old Laz-E-Boys, a couple of old school, tube TV's hooked up to DirecTV and a machine-shop, propane tank, mounted heater. Here in Michigan, winters are long and cold. I probably average one cigar a week between December-Mid-March, then it increases.


William Ives — annandale, NJ, United States,  —  January 26, 2011 2:26pm ET

I head to my favorite cigar store/lounge during an day off from work and it sure is pleasant!!


Paul P — Huntersville, NC, USA,  —  January 26, 2011 3:01pm ET

I'm a native Long Islander who lives near Charlotte,NC so I find the winters down here a lot more tolerable than NY. Although this winter has been pretty darn cold down here. I find myself doing 90% of my puffing in my garage. Even during the summer months I'm in the garage because the heat here during July-September is unbearable. In the winter I have a nice little electric heater I use.


vic_espo@yahoo.com January 26, 2011 4:30pm ET

Vic E I live in northern Florida and it can get pretty cold on some mornings in the winter time,
but my garage is my cigar lounge winter or summer and I enjoy my puros any time day or night there's nothing like a glass of brandy and a fine cigar ,I love my stogies and some times I get my hands on some cubes that's life...


John Gersic — Frisco, Texas, USA,  —  January 26, 2011 7:13pm ET

Luckily, when I built my house I left the entire thing to my wife, except for one room. This room contains my AV system, comfy couch and is smoke friendly. I installed a mini-split ac unit so it is seperate from the house, as well as a high power vent so even if the door is open to the room, the air pulls in, plus a smoke eater - never had complaints about the smell from anyone. If we should ever split, she can take everything except for my room.


John Law — Philadelphia, PA, USA,  —  January 26, 2011 7:49pm ET

I've been able to brave the cold a few times to smoke this winter. I generally try to go when the sun's still up and the temp isn't much lower than 30. I generally don't get that cold, other than my hand that's holding the cigar, so I just switch off hands while taking a walk around town.


Frederick Brassard — Montreal , Quebec, Canada,  —  January 26, 2011 8:25pm ET

I am from Montreal, Canada and we got some cold situation here also. However a deal with my girl to smoke cigars with a open window safe my cold winter cigars moments. Thank you girlfriend


James Beavers — London, Ontario, Canada,  —  January 26, 2011 8:28pm ET

Living here in Canada I make it about once every two weeks but have to put on the snow pants and touque to brave the outdoors to enjoy one of my favorite robustos - Bolivar. Luckily I take a trip down to Cuba every winter to enjoy a week of 3 or 4 a day to get me through the lean times....and stock up the humidor for the warm weather ahead


gcsoccer19@yahoo.com January 26, 2011 9:40pm ET

I live in Mississippi and it does get pretty cold here. No where near as cold as in the North, but it does drop to about 20 degrees at night or colder at times without wind chill. This does hamper me from smoking, but I will venture out on slightly warmer nights and enjoy a good cigar with some coffee and the paper. I try to use the short winter to stock up on cigars and learn more about them.


Adam Littlefield — Maine,  —  January 26, 2011 10:04pm ET

Being from Maine the cold is a fact of life. Fortunately, I do have the luxury of a nice lounge at my fraternity house when school is in session. Unfortunately for the inevitable semester break over the holidays I had little choice but to brave the cold on several occasions. I did reduce the frequency of my smoking sessions but they did never ceased. I set up a nice little station with my ash tray, a snifter of bourbon, and a laptop to enjoy a few episodes of the Sopranos I had saved to make the experience a little more comfortable. That said, I had no other choice but to stick to the smaller vitolas to accommodate for the ever-uncooperative mother nature.


One Off January 27, 2011 5:42am ET

Here in Idaho, the weather mild this winter. So far. Smoking is welcome indoors 365 24/7.
I am lucky my bride enjoys the fresh aroma of a fine cigar. Makes life wonderful being engulfed in fragrant smoke on those fire watching snowing evenings.


Lee Patterson — Burlington, Ontario, Canada,  —  January 27, 2011 1:19pm ET

Living in the Toronto area has its drawbacks in the winter. I occasionally can get away with one in the basement but I hear about it for weeks after. The garage is cold but at least bearable in the winter. But I don't smoke as often in the winter.


Ryan Britz — Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada,  —  January 27, 2011 1:29pm ET

I live in Regina, Saskatchewan where the temperature is below 0 degrees celcius from November to March, often dipping to the low minus 30's or more. That being said, I have came to a conclusion many years ago, "I will not waste a good smoke on bad temperature!" That being said, my smoking season is only in the summer months. However, my attempts to convince my wife to convert our spare bedroom into a well ventilated smoking room...continues to fail!


Paul Mignini — Aubrey, TX, USA,  —  January 27, 2011 2:21pm ET

My two cigar-friendly confines don't change that much from summer to winter. My favorite place is in our hot tub, perfectly comfortable in winter as well. My home office is also a cigar sanctuary for me, though I try to smoke when the family is not around. Of course, Texas rarely gets frigid in winter, so it's a little easier for us versus those fighting cold and snow in the northeast.


Justin O'Brien — Windsor, Ontario, Canada,  —  January 27, 2011 2:36pm ET

Well, it's quite cold here in Windsor, Ontario. I do have a hot tub that I enjoyed many cigars in last year, but when it's too cold, your hand gets frozen so I haven't done that this year. I purchased a heater for my garage and I enjoy a cigar now and then throughout the winter in there. I also hold a man-cave night with my buddies once a month for cigars in there. Too cold to hurry up a nice cuban, or any cigar for that matter in the winter outside.....just waiting for spring to enjoy puffing on my deck. Not a day goes by that my blood doesn't boil at least slightly due to the fact that our government has "jailed" us from the freedom of cigar smoking indoors. I still have hope that one day maybe they would allow a cigar lounge to re-open, not likely but we all have to have dreams.


David Sommer — Springfield, VT, USA,  —  January 27, 2011 6:09pm ET

Ironically, I am sitting on my wife's summer time screened in porch in central VT enjoying an AB MAXX Traditional and a glass of Makers all warm and toasty.
I invested in some storm windows that I put over the screens and a propane patio heater. It held up under the temperatures you experienced here in VT.
Not a cheap investment, but well worth it!
My wife does not like the cigar smoke either but my dog doesn't care at all.
Next time you are in Central VT, let me know and we can accomodate!


Taylor Franklin January 27, 2011 7:39pm ET

We have a holiday home in the Yukon and enjoy all winter activities, snowmobiling, ski touring, winter camping, etc.

I recall once when out camping it was close to -40 and at the end of the day attempting to have a cigar, which exploded like a boiled sausage. For the most part I'll smoke my pipes.

I do have a warm smoking refuge in the Quonset which has a great infrared heater.

For those folks who have no choice but outside; something we use for snowmobiling and hunting . . . a Gerbing's heated electric vest. It literally works like a hot damn and you'll be snug as a bug.


Douglas Fantauzzi — Woodbridge, VA, USA,  —  January 27, 2011 8:01pm ET

I live in Northern Virginia but I used to stop smoking once the weather officially became winter. I was really happy last year when I found a private cigar lounge opened in Alexandria. Now if I don't smoke it's because I'm not in the mood.


Rodney Lee Allen Jr. January 27, 2011 8:18pm ET

rodney lee allen jr.lansing,mi I always smoke my cigars in the cold no matter what. In the suv,the front porch and the garage.


Isaac Hbuhav Shavit — Maale Adumim, Israel,  —  January 28, 2011 3:04am ET

Hi,my name is Isaac and I live in Israel.
Here in Jerusalem the evening temperature is 10 degrees above zero.You ,all are invited to stay with us to light a cigar in front of the Old City walls and fill the history.You can enjoy the view the excellent food and the beautiful girls.By the way the Cuban cigars are legal in Israel.Think about it....


Kevin Mahon — Morganton, NC, USA,  —  January 28, 2011 9:45am ET

A great conversation! (next issue article maybe?) Smoking outside in the winter is never fun but any aficionado's lust for a good cigar will eventually grab the jacket and head out. I usually try to grab a smoke while getting something done (remember survival training... don't stop moving or the cold will take over, leaving half a great stick in the ashtray). During one bitterly cold night I layered up to visit the porch, I looked like the little brother on the way to school from "A Christmas Story." An additional tip... a nice whiskey helps keep warm!


Craig Rich January 28, 2011 12:52pm ET

Luckily my across-the-street neighbor has the keys to the local cigar shop! Prior to that, we'd fire up a propane heater and huddle in the garage. This is better. ;-)


Josh Peterson — Champlin, MN, U.S.A.,  —  January 28, 2011 1:32pm ET

Well, being from Minnesota, I have gotten used to it. But when it pass -10, then I am out, but I will brave through a Robusto is -5.


stantine972 January 28, 2011 2:10pm ET

Hey Dave Savona
50 plus comments on "Smoking in the Cold" and
47 comments on "Ultra- Fat Smokes - Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?"
I think compiling all of the comments and naming it
"Smoking ultra- fat smokes in the cold - Love it or hate it?", would make a nice article for the magazine. All of the non webby aficionados could see what they are missing. Just a thought! Keep up the great work Dave.
George - Commack Ny


Stone — Naples, Florida,  —  January 28, 2011 2:36pm ET

I've smoke on the lanai. Florida speak for screened in patio. I will suck it up and brave the 50 degree weather to smoke. It's a tough life, but someone has to do it.


Stone — Naples, Florida,  —  January 28, 2011 2:36pm ET

I smoke on the lanai. Florida speak for screened in patio. I will suck it up and brave the 50 degree weather to smoke. It's a tough life, but someone has to do it.


efinebloom@gmail.com January 28, 2011 3:11pm ET

I have braved temps in the 20's this winter (pretty cold for Florida). Usually it is a matter of bundling up and doing my best to enjoy a fine cigar but the weather does not make the experience as pleasurable as usual. Looking forward to a 60 degree day and a cigar this weekend.


Hyo Cho — West Sacramento, CA, USA,  —  January 28, 2011 6:31pm ET

I try to stick with robustos are smaller like Olive Special G when it's cold outside. I'm just waiting for spring to return to Sacramento valley to so I can take my time and smoke my Churchills!


James Williams January 28, 2011 10:21pm ET

I used to smoke weekly at an Irish restaurant in town that was cigar friendly. Sadly, the only cigar I've smoked this winter was in my unheated warehouse while working on a weekend project. Not the most enjoyable experience.

I'm eying up building a man-cave in the garage for next winter. Since they passed the anti-smoking law, that's about the only place where a person can smoke in the winter.


Gil Roitto — Sweden,  —  January 29, 2011 3:52am ET

Actually winter adds another spice to the smoke. I always dress in proper winter clothes and with good gloves, take a long walk to not get stiff an cold, and enjoy the walk in the snow puffing a good cigar.


Rob McDonald — Ocean Pines, Maryland, USA,  —  January 29, 2011 11:56am ET

Here on the coast of Maryland, the golf carts at my course have covers. So, with my propane cart heater blowing warm air I can get nine holes and a smoke as long as there's no snow on the ground. Otherwise, there's a local smoke shop with a small lounge available for an indoor smoke.


Warren Hemsworth — Chesterville, Ontario, Canada,  —  January 29, 2011 12:08pm ET

I have a 600 sq.ft. garage that I keep heated. I like to spend the colder days brewing up some delicious homebrew, listening to music and puffing on a couple of cigars throughout the day while sampling my wares. I must say...I probably enjoy these smoking moments more than any other.


Evan Verikakis — West Chester , Pa, U.S.A,  —  January 29, 2011 12:34pm ET

I'm lucky enough that my local shop has a great lounge for us smokers to enjoy puffing on good smokes. Sadly its not 24hrs, ha ha. When forced to brave the cold, I've suited up many a time to enjoy a good smoke on the deck. Sometimes it's just too hard to ignore the call of a good puff. Long ashes to all!


Paul Sainato — Annapolis, Maryland, USA,  —  January 29, 2011 1:35pm ET

It hasn't been that cold lately here in MD, maybe between 27 and 35. Went down to the local hardware store, purchased (2) ceramic heaters (I live in condo so no back deck just yet), pointed those suckers my way and puffed away. The cold keeping me from a great smoke??? Never!


Alan Garcia — Dover, DE, USA,  —  January 29, 2011 3:33pm ET

Well, for some od reason, Delaware has had unusual snowfall and colder than normal winters these past few years. However, I do spend quite a few days on the road. I've made a point to scout a few places where I can park and have a cigar and do some work as well. Azucar in North Jersey has been visiting spot for me, as well as Old Havana Co., in West Chester, PA. With an inventory of over 1000 cigars at home, it's sometimes an inconvenience having dish out a few more bucks to get more cigars when I visit these establishments. But the convenience of having a peaceful place to work and enjoy a cigar more than makes up for it. Plus, it would be inconsiderate to occupy any space without the courtesy a purchase. This also allows me to experiment with other cigars I haven't tried in the past.

When I'm home, a space heater in the screened porch is my haven for the afternoons in the weekend. That and some music....occasional rum or whiskey encances


Alex Benes — Newbury Park, CA, USA,  —  January 29, 2011 4:55pm ET

David, Four words: Ca. Li. For. Nia. AB


Frank Giampa — London, Ontario, Canada,  —  January 29, 2011 6:12pm ET

Frank Giampa- London, Ontario
Consider me lucky because my lady doesn't smoke but loves the aroma when I open up my humidor to check on or service my cigars. Like Mr. Beaver, I also trip down too Cuba to replenish the humidor. A "man cave" is a must. To go out too the Cave, kick in the wood burning stove, pour a nice single malt and enjoy a favorite cigar is a little piece of heaven on earth in the cold winter months.
Happy Smoking Gents (and ladies)


Simon Schmid — Calgary, Alberta, Canada,  —  January 29, 2011 6:25pm ET

Greetings fellow cigar smokers, another Canadian here.
Just finished my afternoon cigar in the garage. I use two portable propane heaters on the floor and a ceiling mounted light/radiant heater, along with two candles burning on the table. This provides the ambience while I read, drink and smoke. Can't wait for my evening smoke.


Bobby Tolliver — Mingo Junction, Ohio, USA,  —  January 29, 2011 6:39pm ET

The cold and snow here in Ohio doesn't hinder my want and taste of a good cigar. The fact is that I have a nice Drew Estate or Cohiba whilst shoveling the driveway and have even gone out in single digits temps, with wind chills below 0, to have a few CAO Gold's.


jason laing — cuyahoga falls, oh, u.s.a,  —  January 30, 2011 4:00pm ET

I find that once the temps get around freezing, I need a stiffer smoke to combat a frozen palate.


Jon Wagner — Marion, IA, US,  —  January 30, 2011 10:51pm ET

Unfortunately, the wind in Iowa winters keeps me from smoking outdoors. The really dry air so I don't even bother trying. Don't want to waste the stick and ultimately be disappointed in the experience. Wish there was a cigar lounge within 50 miles of Cedar Rapids...


Evan Verikakis — West Chester , Pa, U.S.A,  —  January 31, 2011 1:59pm ET

Old Havana Cigar Co. in West Chester Pa is a life line here, great place, great lounge, excellent variety, and good old fashioned camaraderie.


Charlie Curtis — Northern, MN, USA,  —  January 31, 2011 4:39pm ET

Last time I walked my dogs and lit up, the moisture in my cigar started to freeze in the sub zero temps, so enough of that! I am planning on putting plexiglass on my 3-season porch and adding a portable heater. or maybe build a gazebo/sauna with wood heat. Either way it would be for occasional use.


Ed Lehan Jr — Farmington, CT, United States,  —  January 31, 2011 9:51pm ET

I live in Southern New England, tons of snow this year, so I belong to a cigar club at my favorite retailer and occasionally travel to New Haven (35 miles) to have a smoke at the Owl Shop, a great cigar bar. When it is not snowing and the temperature is above 30 degrees I will enjoy a Padron Principe during a walk with our dog. Our development has a great walking trail for walking, biking and cigars. Occasionally I will run into a co-conspirator so I always bring an extra Padron.


Anthony Bedus — Massapequa Park, NY, United States,  —  January 31, 2011 11:51pm ET

The cold does effect my enjoyment of cigars.I tried to have one 3 weeks ago and found myself sitting in the shed for a little shelter.Now with all the snow we got in NY I can't even get to my shed.


Chuck Branch — Broken Arrow, OK, USA,  —  February 1, 2011 11:29am ET

In the winter, I head to the nearest cigar bar to enjoy a nice Avo and single malt. In Tulsa, we have several fine cigar bars to choose from, thankfully.


Drewmidorn February 2, 2011 4:35am ET

I am quite happy to smoke inside in front of the wood burning stove. We don't do "outdoor living" here in the U.K. to the same extent as our U.S. and Canadian brothers.

A pall of min is a motorcyclist... he has a thermal undersuit which plugs into a cigarette lighter... surely someone can come up with a romper suit shaped heated blanket that plugs straight into the mains. Untill then I will sit with a cup of tea and Monte Sublimes infront of the fire.


sterling summers — marysville, washington,  —  February 3, 2011 9:58am ET

up in the northwest (about an hour north of seattle) cold isn't as much of an issue as the wet. As a restoration contractor I'm lucky to have a 20,000 sq ft warehouse. I've make a large deck on top of one of the rooms. The smoking laws say that we can't smoke if we are within 50 ft. of the building, but I've instituted cigar friday's.As soon as the day is done several of us meet on the deck. We have a good mix of management and crew empoyees (both smokers and non) and just relax for about an hour before everyone goes home. My friday coffee cup has been know to have some aged scotch in it and I'm most often enjoying a Davidoff #3.


Ryan Breeland — Oxford, Mississippi, USA,  —  February 3, 2011 3:06pm ET

I spent my fall semester in England, and I experienced some low temperatures. In fact, my experience with the BHK 52 was outside in the single digits celcius. Luckily, the bars in Birmingham had heat lamps, and I managed to keep my shivering to a minimum. More to your point, I find myself more inclined to light up a pipe than a cigar when the temperature is low, because the pipe warms my hands. When It snows in Mississippi, I can't help but feel a bittersweetness. I miss cigars. Soon, I'll cut the torpedo head of one of the Queen Bee's I've had in my hunmidor since last summer, but not just yet. Not til I can feel my fingers.


Ken Vogel — Norway, Maine, USA,  —  February 4, 2011 3:58pm ET

I live in the Maine foothills, the only thing that makes it feel like 75 and sunny no matter what the temp is are my Padron 26's !!!


Mike Henry — Rock Falls, IL, United States,  —  February 4, 2011 4:56pm ET

I have a barn with an exposure to the south. So as long as the wind is coming out of the Northwest or North and the winter sun is shining , I'm good to about 20 degrees without putting the heavy gear on. Anything lower, I just stay in the house and stare at my humidor and hope it stays around 68 percent.


JT Hallbeck — Alamogordo, NM, USA,  —  February 5, 2011 1:37pm ET

In southern New Mexico, we don't normally have seriously cold winters. This year's an anomaly. The first year I lived here, I played golf on New Years Day. So going outside in January is okay, if not a comletely enjoyable experience. I pity all my friends of the Leaf who must endure months of biting cold. Here's to Long Ashes!


Scott Hanlon — TX,  —  February 5, 2011 9:00pm ET

Even though San Antonio has the anti-smoking laws not every city around here does. I enjoy heading over to a couple of local restaurants and smoking.


CHRISTOPHER BRIND'AMOUR — STE-CATHERINE, QC, CANADA,  —  February 6, 2011 9:39am ET

I live in Montreal (Canada) and we have some wicked cold weather here (temp can drop in the -20'sF). We are luky enough to have a carve out in our anti smoking laws allowing cigar lounges, so we still have 5 or 6 of them. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't be able to smoke for 8 months of the year. I encourage all from New England to head on up here in the winter, it's a cigar friendly city, 4-5 hour drive from Boston...


Tom February 6, 2011 9:46am ET

Here on Long Island I crank up the out propane heater and puff away. If the wind is howling then it's game over. Thanks for writing this story David.


slashmw@hotmail.com February 8, 2011 12:49am ET

One of the best things about living in Hawaii. There is never a day or time when I can't be out on my lanai or strolling on the beach with a nice cigar. No where indoors to enjoy a smoke besides our local shop, but after reading all your stories...can't complain. =)


Michael Weaver — Indianapolis, IN, USA,  —  February 8, 2011 10:02am ET

About 5 years ago I invested $500 in a 1982 Chevy S-10. Not much to look at, but it has a great heater and makes my cigar enjoyment perfect for those cold nights. That was the best $500 I have ever spent.


billy bob — oldeminence, ky, us,  —  February 28, 2011 5:39pm ET

Being a newbie, I am finding this to be very frustrating. While I am becoming aware of the different kinds of cigars that are available, and wanting to try them all, I am having to wait on warmer temps. AGGGHHH!!!


Bill Scott — Salem, OR, United States,  —  November 13, 2012 7:05pm ET

I live in Salem, OR, so our winters are not nearly as extreme as you guys in the North. I spent three years at Minot, ND, courtesy of the USAF, so I can really relate. If you are familiar with the Salem area (45 miles south of Portland, OR), then you know our biggest issue during the winter is with rain, humidity, and temps that can sometimes drop to below freezing on rare occasions. In fact, right now, I have to take the humidifier out of my humidor just to keep my cigars from getting too damp. I set aside a little man cave out in my garage. I use a space heater to keep some of the chill off, and wear a heavy sweater and a hat. I'm planning to enclose my area (8' x 10') with some used office cubicle partitions, and set up an efficient exhaust fan directly above the enclosure. I even thought about setting up one of those 10x10 quick-up gazebos with a 12" hole cut in the apex to move the smoke up to the exhaust fan. I'm also open to any lost cost ways to set this up. Happy smoking!


David Savona November 13, 2012 8:47pm ET

Great comment, thank you.


mamma@suremail.info January 2, 2013 4:20pm ET

This is not a joke - next summer I am planning to erect in my Canadian backyard a real tipi (large conical tent used by Natives) with a fireplace inside to enjoy my cigars...


Rudi de Groot — CALGARY, AB, CANADA,  —  January 28, 2013 6:57pm ET

Here in Calgary, we really try to stay inside unless it's sunny and above 0 celsius!

During the winter months though, I'm usually by myself, smoking a stick on the way home after work in a climate controlled environment with leather chairs, premium sound, privacy glass & ventilation; my F150 is a fine place to smoke a great cigar!

But whenever there is a Calgary BOTL that has a venue to host a herf, we are all there!
facebook.com/groups/cbotl

In Calgary the only smoking venues are private, and they're quite pricey to join.


Ryan Lewis March 24, 2013 2:48pm ET

Here in Michigan I really enjoy a cigar in the snowy weather or when im ice fishing. Nothing like a hot coffee and and a robust cigar while sitting in a ice shanty. The cold allows you to really taste and experience the body of the cigar and coffee.

Some of my most enjoyed smoking was in winter.


Ryan Lewis March 24, 2013 2:50pm ET

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Linde Hoff March 2, 2014 7:27pm ET

Well, my husband places space heaters in the garage for about an hour and then bundles up to smoke there. One garage stall door is every-so-slightly raised for ventilation. We live in Montana, so this is frustrating to him. Currently we're trying to figure out how to add a solarium or something to the side of the house for him. Anyone have ideas?!


Peter Brown — Brussel, Brussel, Belgium,  —  December 22, 2014 2:07am ET

I love to smoke cigar on a snowy day outside. Very well written by David. Thanks for the information.



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