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Xikar Humidity Crystals for Your Wooden Humidor

In this video review I wanted to share a little tip with you about how to keep your wooden humidor at the house humidified a little better. I’m a big fan of the Boveda humidity packs for my tupperdores, but they don’t work as well inside wooden humidors. Hence the Xikar Humidity Crystals! They work awesome! I bought a big 4oz jar and the little 2oz and I put both of them in my humidor (as you can see in the video). I try to keep my cigars around 70% humidity, which can be a little difficult with wooden humidors. So far I’m very happy I decided to try out Xikar’s product. I’m not surprised though, Xikar is known for making great things. I should have tried it out sooner. So far I’ve been able to get my wood humidor to stabilize at 66% humidity, but we’ll see what happens after I rearrange some of my cigars around. Overall, this is a great tool to keep your cigars nice and fresh. Some of the cigars in this humidor include several El Primer Mundo cigars made by Sean Williams like the Epifania, Hermandad and Costa Fuerta, as well as One 13 Chronicles, Black Label Trading Company and The Eastern Standard from Robert Caldwell. Another tip for these crystals is to remove the little black grate on the jar also if you’re not getting the humidity level you are looking for. By removing the grate cover you give more air space for the gel crystals to work their magic.

xikar humidor crystals 3

xikar humidor crystals 1

How to Properly Season (Prepare) Your Humidor at Home for First Time Use

In this video review I will show you how to properly season your humidor at home. Seasoning your humidor simply means wetting the inside of the natural wood humidor so that it won’t suck all of the moisture out of your cigars when you put them inside. Be patient because it takes about a day or so to do it right because you have to give the humidor some time to soak in all the moisture. After you wipe down the inside of the humidor with distilled water, you will also want to get a shot glass and fill it up with distilled water or propylene glycol solution and leave it inside the humidor overnight. I also like to put my Xikar wireless digital hygrometer inside the humidor as well so I can keep an eye on the humidity levels. Don’t be alarmed if the humidity level inside the humidor is high at first (75% – 80%) because keep in mind you did just wipe down the whole inside with distilled water. One of the nice things you will also notice after you properly season your humidor is that it will have a better seal when you close the lid. The wood expands a little bit when it is moist, and the result is a nice, tight seal. Good luck!

How to Season Your Humidor

How to Season Your Humidor

Cedar Spills to Keep Your Cigars Smelling Fresh

Cedar Spills

Cigar Reserve Cedar Spills

These are the cedar spills that I like to use in my tupperdores at the house. They come in packs of 25 or 50 and I usually snap them in half before I lay them in with my cigars. The cedar spills will give you the aroma that your typical wood humidor that is lined with cedar has. I’ve bought boxes of these cedar spills in San Antonio from the Humidors on San Pedro, Thousand Oaks and Huebner. You’ll love the way your cigars smell after adding a few of these to your box.