Season Humidor with Boveda Packets?


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Guest robusto101

Hey guys-

So I've got a new humidor on the way and I know I'll need to season it before I place any cigars in there. I've searched the forums and found some good advice on general seasoning (I think someone mentioned patting it down lightly with cheesecloth and putting a warm bowl of water in there for a day or two and then adding your necessary components) but I've got a bunch of Boveda 65% gel packs and was wondering how I could incorporate these into the seasoning process. Should I just throw those in with the bowl of distilled water? Since I have them I just wanna use them up.

Thanks for any helpful info you can provide.

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Boveda 65rh packs won't do the job. You need their seasoning packet which runs at about 85rh I believe. You may need a few depending on the size of your humidor.

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chenman is right you need the 84% humidity packs and the amount you need depends on the size/capacity of your humi. If you check the Boveda website they will tell you how many you need to season it. Also, I believe seasoning with Boveda pack takes longer than using traditional methods, as you don't wipe down the inside and just let the wood absorb the humidity from the packs naturally.

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Honestly, all you have to do is wipe down the cedar with a clean new cloth and distilled water, then put a small dish of distilled water inside the humi for a week. This will work wonders. The Boveda packets are just not worth the money for this purpose, IMO.

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I would not recommend wiping down the inside of your humidor with distilled water as too much moisture can impair the integrity of the humidor lining. Rather simply add a sponge soaked in distilled water in a dish inside the humidor for a week or so until the inside of your humidor reaches the desired humidity level according to your hydrometer.

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I would not recommend wiping down the inside of your humidor with distilled water as too much moisture can impair the integrity of the humidor lining. Rather simply add a sponge soaked in distilled water in a dish inside the humidor for a week or so until the inside of your humidor reaches the desired humidity level according to your hydrometer.

This is true! By wipe down I meant a slightly ever-so-damp cloth, just to give the wood a jump start. Dripping wet= trouble!

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This is true! By wipe down I meant a slightly ever-so-damp cloth, just to give the wood a jump start. Dripping wet= trouble!

I am going with Mr Hobs here, that is what I did. I did not even bother to wipe it down at all. I also calibrated my big analog hygrometer, and let things sit for a week. Whenever I have a humi empty, I leave a nice size shot glass with distilled water in it and never let it go dry. Once a month or a bit longer for it to go dry. I have a 100 count dedicated for my Cubies.

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Guest robusto101

So nothing more is needed then letting a distilled water soaked sponge sit in a bowl in your humi for a week? Ok, that's easy enough. Except the week part :(

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Guest robusto101

It's a 400 ct Medici Humidor Chest. I'm also getting a Cigar Oasis. At what point should I put that in there?

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Don't wipe it down...(rookie move) patient's grasshopper!...become one with the humidor. Let it soak it up and all will be good.

... bingo!

What does your hygrometer say? Your humidor may have been made and stored in a warehouse that has 70 rh most of the time. Sir you must know what your humidor does, before you adjust it!!! I suggest a data logger.

Lastly, water vapor and water are almost two different things. While both are water, one is in a state that may produce unwanted biologic growth and the other "can" produce unwanted biologic growth. If humidors are dry they should naturally acclimatize so they don't crack. -Piggy

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