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Wednesday, 03 July 2013

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In essence, you want to keep your cigars stored around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 70 percent.  Those are the ideal conditions.  Unless you live in the perfect cigar storing climate that offers these conditions, you’ll need a humidor with a hygrometer to keep everything maintained properly.  Of course, where that humidor is kept is important as well.  You don’t want mold to form, so keeping it in a place that is dry and cool is a must.  In other words, don’t stick your cigars out on the back porch under direct sunlight. 

Mold isn’t the only nasty thing that could appear from storing cigars in a heat and humid environment, as lacioderma (worms) can lay eggs inside your precious stogies.  These worms are what eventually transform into those beetles that turn your cigars into Swiss cheese.  They can spread to other cigars in your humidor too, making one expensive mess.  That is, unless you don’t mind smoking a bug-filled cigar. Yuck!  You could freeze the cigars to get rid of the pesky creatures, but why go through all that trouble in the first place?  Store them properly!

Places to NOT store your cigars

Now that you see some of the problems that can arise from improper cigar storage, where are some places where you should NOT keep them?  As with any hobby, cigar smoking has its folks with quirky methods.  Everybody is different, and some like to carve their own path when it comes to storage.  While these hobbyists can be commended for being unique, you should really avoid the following storage spots:

In their original box

Most people new to smoking would probably think that this is the most logical place to keep cigars.  While original boxes aren’t the worst option, they’re definitely not the best either.  Sure, your cigars will be fine here for a little bit of time, but that will change.  The humidity will eventually be lost, even if there’s a nice secure seal and cedar lining to help out.

By themselves with no container at all

This is not a good option whatsoever unless you plan on smoking that cigar almost immediately.  After a few days of being out in the open your cigar could start getting a cracked wrapper, which will damage the overall smoking experience.  If you plan on aging cigars for any lengthy period of time to get some added flavor, you can forget about doing it with this type of storage method.






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