Subscribe to Cigar Aficionado and receive the digital edition of our Premier issue FREE!

Email this page Print this page
Share this page

Summer and the Humidor

With summer here, any tips for maintaining the proper environment in our humidors?
Posted: June 24, 2013

Yes, but that advice depends on whether your humidor sits in an air-conditioned room.

If it does, you'll probably have to replenish your humidification device more often than usual—especially if that arctic air blows 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Air conditioning sucks moisture right out of a room.

If you live in a humid area and you don't have an air conditioner, you may not need to water your humidifier all summer. Check it often, though, for two reasons.

First, your box may become too humid, requiring you to keep it open for an hour a day or so. And second, temperature, not humidity, may present a larger problem. If the temperature inside your humidor soars to the high 70s, your box can become a breeding ground for the dreaded cigar beetles.

If you do encounter cigar beetles, don't worry, there is a solution: the freezer. Click here to watch a video of Gordon Mott explaining this process.

Have a question for the Cigar Aficionado editors? Submit it here

Share |

Comments   2 comment(s)

Anthony Woodcock — South Carolina, USA,  —  July 20, 2013 4:14am ET

I am deployed to a hot, dry enviornment and don't have access to distilled water. I have been using bottled water in my humidor since my Boveda packs ran out. Is there a danger to this? Also my humidor stays around 79 degrees in the daytime. Thoughts or suggestions?

Joseph Gonzalez — Bronx, New York,  —  August 11, 2013 9:35pm ET

If you got a buddy in the hospital; get some Sterile Water For Irrigation. It's distilled water.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Log In If You're Already Registered At Cigar Aficionado Online

Forgot your password?

Not Registered Yet? Sign up–It's FREE.


Search By:



Cigar Insider

Cigar Aficionado News Watch
A Free E-Mail Newsletter

Introducing a FREE newsletter from the editors of Cigar Aficionado!
Sign Up Today