How To Set up Your Humidor
When most people get their new humidor home, they are anxious to fill it up with their collection of smokes. If you do this without first re-humidifying the wood, you may ruin your cigars. Why? The wood has not had a chance to reach it's equilibrium. So when you put your cigars in, the wood will absorb their moisture and you will be left with dry, useless cigars. Not exactly the reason you bought a humidor, To solve this problem, all humidors should be re-humidified before their first use.
1) Re-humidifying your humidor is easy, just follow these simple steps:
2) If you're impatient you can try this short cut
Wet a towel (paper or cloth) with distilled water and dampen all of the cedar inside your humidor.
Place calibrated hygrometer inside humidor
Charge your humidification device
You have to check the relative humidity every day. Depending on a number of factors, this can take a few days to a few weeks. When you get in the 70% range, it is safe to store your smokes inside. As long as you constantly recharge your humidification device, you will never have to wait to store your cigars again.
I always suggest waiting at least 7-10 days, no matter what the hygrometer says before putting cigars in a new humidor. Humidors should be in the 65-75% humidity range. A hygrometer is a device used to measure the amount of humidity that is in your humidor.
Calibrating Your Hygrometer
Here are a couple of ways to calibrate your hygrometer:
1) The Towel Test:
Dampen a towel (not dripping wet, but good and damp), then wrap the hygrometer in the towel for 30 to 45 minutes. Then unwrap it and read the humidity (quickly). If your hygrometer is perfectly calibrated (few are) it will be reading exactly 100% humidity. Most likely, it will be reading somewhere between 80 and 90%. At this point, whatever the hygrometer reads, you can either set the needle to exactly 75% immediately after the test, or if you're a little lazier, make a mental note of how far over or under the actual humidity is from the reading from your hygrometer.
2) Want to get a little more technical? Try the Salt Test:
Luckily, as nature would have it, when salt and water are in a saturated solution at equilibrium, the resultant humidity is 75%. This gives a fantastic reference point to calibrate our hygrometer. There is an easy way to determine if your hygrometer is accurate. Here's the procedure you should use: you need a ziploc bag, a screw-on beer bottle cap (or other small container) a small amount of salt (regular table salt), and water.
Place the salt in the bottle cap (or other small container).
Dampen the salt with water. Do not put so much in that the salt gets "sloppy". You want a damp pile of salt in the bottle cap.
Place both the hygrometer and the bottle cap full of damp salt in the ziploc bag and seal it well. (It is important not to let air in or out while the test is going on.)
Keep it like this for over 8 hours.
After 8 hours in the damp salt environment, the actual humidity inside the bag will be 75%. Compare it to your hygrometer, your hygrometer should also read 75%. If not, you will then know exactly how far off your hygrometer is. If it's off, note the amount and direction that it actually reads, and be sure to add or subtract that amount when reading the hygrometer. If the hygrometer has a control to adjust it (either the needle or the display), you can set the hygrometer to 75% immediately after the test.
You should salt test your hygrometer every 6 months or so to be sure of the accuracy.
BUTANE LIGHTER REFILLING INSTRUCTIONS:
CAUTION: Do not refill close to an open flame!
Extinguish the flame of your butane lighter. Extinguish the flame!!
No smoking!! Keep away from open flame!! Keep away from face!! Read and follow all instruction on refill can or lighter!
Turn the flame height adjuster on the bottom of the butane lighter to the lowest setting by turning the adjuster clockwise with a small screwdriver.
Take air out of the fuel tank by pressing the refill inlet valve with a small screwdriver until no hissing sound is heard. Hold butane lighter away from face when taking air out. Air in the fuel tank deters butane gas from being injected into the tank and elicits the malfunction of the butane lighter. If butane gas comes out of the inlet valve when the inlet valve is pressed, stop bleeding the fuel tank immediately. In this case, the fuel tank is filled with butane gas.
Refill butane lighter in an upside down position as shown above.
After shaking the butane gas refill can, press the stem of the refill can directly onto the refill inlet valve on the bottom of the butane lighter and let butane gas go into the lighter for about 10 seconds.
Do not ignite butane lighter for about 2 - 5 minutes until the butane gas in the gas tank reaches room temperature.
Open the flame height adjuster by a quarter turn at a time by turning counter-clockwise until the flame height reaches the desired level. Hold butane lighter away from face when igniting. If the flame height adjuster is turned up too high, the lighter will not ignite and you will hear a hissing sound. If this happens, please lower the adjuster by turning clockwise.
If the fuel tank is empty, refill rather than adjusting flame height.
Butane is flamable, please use caution and common sense while handling.
Always read and follow instructions on refill can or lighter!
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