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Written by Kevin Godbee

Thursday, 12 February 2009

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Ok so you've bought your humidor and, whether it's a fancy piece that reflects your affluence or something a whole lot simpler that tells people you prefer to spend your spare cash on cigars rather than flashy storage devices, you now have to get it ready.

As I mentioned in a previous article, the whole idea of a humidor ... regardless of what it looks like ... is to establish a good home for your cigars and that's something that's going to require you to do some work. You can't just take your cigars out of their box and drop them into a new, unprepared humidor and find that they're still worth smoking next week.

It's up to you to establish the environment that will keep your cigars fresh in that new humidor and it's not all about temperature. In fact it's more about the level of humidity that exists within your humidor than how beautiful it looks and you're the one who has to get that humidity happening on a constant basis.

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The Right Environment
You may not realize it but cigars are delicate creatures that need a constant and unchanging environment if they are to remain fresh. And if you want to go on enjoying those fine cigars you've purchased for the next few months then you're going to want to keep your cigars in a climate to which they're accustomed.

In many ways discovering what that right climate was in days gone by is a bit like the story of another sweet and delicate thing and her search for something that was just right. Remember the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? For our intrepid Cigar Goldilocks the environment can't be too dry and it can't be too wet. The environment certainly can't be too hot or too cold either ... it really does have to be just right.

If the humidity in your cigars' environment falls below 60% then it is too dry for your cigar and they will begin to dry out. If you live in a part of the country where you need a heater or fire to stay warm in winter then you're cigars will also begin to dry out and a climate with dry heat is just as bad for your cigars.






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