Storing cigars correctly is an important step when trying to keep them fresh. Using a special box for storage helps to keep them moist so that they last longer. The ideal cigar box for storing items such as Havana cigars has a fixed temperature with 73 to 74 percent humidity. Caring for a cigar box means keeping it clean and making sure that all parts of the box are working correctly.
Set Up a Cigar Box
To store cigars, set up a humidor cabinet. Saturate the humidifiers with distilled water then dry the outside and allow the box to sit on a towel to catch any drips. Use a damp cloth to wipe the inside of the box, taking care not to soak the wood. Place a damp sponge inside a plastic bag and leave it in the box overnight. Ensure that the sponge stays out of direct contact with the wood. Attach the hygrometer and humidifiers to the lid of the box, close it, and leave it overnight. Open the box and remove the sponge. Allow the humidor to sit until the hygrometer measures the correct humidity.
Maintain a Cigar Box
A bead-style humidor requires the user to spritz the beads with water regularly. Check the hygrometer twice each year to ensure that it produces accurate readings. For a wooden cigar box without a humidor, keep the box oiled and store it in a place with a constant temperature. Store humidors away from direct sunlight and away from radiators. Dust the box with a soft cloth and keep it closed as much as possible.
Protect a Cigar Box
For short-term storage, leave cigars in their cellophane wrappers, but for storage lasting longer than a few months, remove the wrappers. Rotate the cigars periodically to keep them humidified evenly. Check for mould, which appears as a fuzzy grey or blue patch on the cigar. Mould occurs when humidity inside the cigar box rises above 80 percent. If there are signs of mould, remove the cigars immediately and check whether the problem has spread to the box. Wipe the inside of the box with a soft cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. If the cigars show frequent signs of mould, check the hygrometer to ensure that it is working correctly.