If you live in a place where you get the joy of experiencing cold temps and minimal humidity I share your Humidor frustration… Trial and error has enabled me to hold steady at about 65%.
There are a lot of options out there, what’s the best? I think the answer depends on a few factors, below are some to consider:
- Where you live
- Size of humidor
- Quality of Humidor
- Amount of cigars being stored
- Humidity preference
To optimize your humidor performance you need to fill the space. A great analogy I’ve heard in the cigar community is that of the refrigerator…a refrigerator works most efficiently when full of groceries. The same can be said with a humidor. As you can see I’m running dangerously low on space, which is a good thing for humidity, but a bad thing for adding to my collection. I may need to build a tupperdoor in the near future…
What am I using?
Boveda packs (more on those later) and Heartfelt beads. The Heartfelt beads work well, but I think I need more during the winter months…I purchased the Large 70% Tube and refresh it every other week (anticipate dropping this down drastically post winter).
My take on Boveda packs: I think they’re solid for small spaces but they’re expensive and don’t last long. Pros=2 way humidity and hassle free Cons=Expensive and don’t last long
My take on Hearfelt beads: Seem to work well, buy more than you think you should because it can’t hurt because they’re a 2-way system like Boveda. Pros=Moderate price, last forever, easy maintenance Cons=Customer Service
I’ve tried it all…hopefully this information helps you save some time and money!