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Friday, 19 July 2013

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Over the last couple of months, we’ve been trying to give new cigar smokers a crash course in how not to look like, well, a noob. We’ve discovered that there are still some questions that newbies feel silly asking because they feel like they should know the answers already. As a public service, we’re offering the answers to a few silly questions that really aren’t so silly after all.

 

 

 

 

Q: Help! The summer humidity has caused the cigars in my humidor to get overhumidified. Can I rescue my soggy cigars?
A: Probably. This happens frequently to smokers who live in hot, humid areas, and you should make some modifications to your humidor to keep your smokes fresh when the temps rise. The secret to de-humidifying your cigars is to add a few cedar strips to your humidor to absorb the excess moisture. You do need to keep an eye on the humidity level and add or subtract cedar strips until the optimal humidity is achieved.

 



Q: Why do other smokers cringe when I use my vintage Zippo lighter to light my cigars?
A: Mostly because it makes your cigars smell like lighter fluid. That’s why more experienced smokers prefer to use wooden matches.  If you must use a lighter, get one that uses butane. Why ruin the flavor of a good cigar with that oil smell? Invest in a few boxes of wooden matches and don’t even consider lighting a fine cigar with a Bic.

Q: Help! My humidor in infested by bugs! I opened it to get a cigar and found nasty little critters skittering around in there, plus some of my smokes have holes in them.
A: Alas, you have a big problem—beetles. Beetles are tough to fight and can quickly destroy your entire collection. You have them because teeny tiny beetle larvae grow naturally in tobacco and a few of the little buggers manage to survive the cigar-making process and get to a finished cigar. Once inside a nice warm humidor, they hatch like crazy and start chomping holes in your cigars. The good news is that you can kill the larvae by freezing the cigars for three days, then moving them into the fridge for another day. After that, they can be slowly re-humidified. You also need to install a beetle trap in the humidifier to avoid future infestations.

 



Q: What’s the difference in a guillotine cutter and a wedge cutter? Which is better?
A: Wedge cutters have been around longer and were originally invented to cut thin cigars. If thicker cigars are cut with a wedge cutter, they can accumulate tars when smoked. Add to that that a wedge cutter is more likely to damage the cigar and you can see why more smokers these days prefer the guillotine.

Don't stop reading now.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions.






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0 # Beetle TrapSteven Holmgren 2013-07-22 01:52
What are they and where do I get them? Even tho I don't have any bugs at present, would it be wise to place traps in my humidors? Would the chemicals have any affect on my cigars?

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+1 # Article ContentDean 2013-08-02 23:04
This article really needs to (at the very least) credit Cigar Aficionado. There is a remarkably similar article posted on their web site in July 2010.

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