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Summer and the Humidor

With summer almost here, any tips for maintaining the proper environment in our humidors?

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.

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