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    February 11, 2012

    Excellent guide. Thanks for putting this together.

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    February 11, 2012

    Great read. Some of these techniques I had heard of, but not all. Hopefully I’ll never have to use any of them (knock on cedar).

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    February 15, 2012

    I’ve had success in taking a large ziplock bag, dipping my hand in distiller water, flicking the water into the bag, add cigars, seal, check again in one week

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    March 21, 2013

    I have used my foodsaver in the marinating container. I lightly misted the empty container. I placed a layer of cigars on a small sheet of foil. Closed the lid,and sucked out the air. I did this 2x over 3 days and,then let them sit for a week without the pressure – worked fine. I will use the hygrometer in future to perfect this procedure.

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    David B
    March 23, 2013

    Thanks for the guide, very useful. This may be a stupid question but why do you need to use distilled water rather than, say, tap water?

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    March 24, 2013

    @David B
    Tap water contains minerals and other substances that may alter the humidification process and the cigars’ taste (although I don’t know to what extent). I feel it’s safer to use distilled water.

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    Kevin Sundeen
    July 20, 2013

    What happens if you put the dry cigars in a charged humidor? I put some dry cigars at the bottom of my humidor, and put fresh ones on top of them a couple of days ago.

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    November 14, 2013

    I use the Boveda Humidipak to restore my dry cigars.I found them at a local cigarshop and it sounds very promising. You can buy these packs at 62, 65, 69, 72 and 75% RH. I put a 65% pack in a Tupperware box along with the dry cigars. On the website they the cigars will be restored in a month. I will keep u updated with the result.

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    February 11, 2014

    Great article!…question I bought an 18 pack of cigars each one in it’s own plastic wrapper because each one is different and I have them in a big ziplock with a humidity pack in there, they’ve been in there about 3 days now and I’m waiting on my humidor to come in the mail, will my cigars go bad before I get to put them in the humidor?…Also will I have to wait and do the process you talked about in your article above before I just put them in there?…Please answer I am kind of new to this cigar thing and don’t want to have bad cigars.

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    February 11, 2014

    Hello, having used the boveda himidipak all my cigars have been revived without any loss. I put them in a sealed plastic box together with the boveda for about a month. They are also a great way to store cigars full time. CARLOS: If u have sealed the cigars in a ziplock together with a humidipak, they will just be fine for at least a few months. I would open the cigar box inside your ziplock to allow your cigars to be in direct contact with the relative humidity. Regards

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    May 5, 2014

    Here’s my dilemma. I have multiple boxes, some still have the cellophane wrapper, and I just received my commercial sized humidor. How do I go about reviving all my cigars? Should I start my humidor at low rH, like 20 or 30, and every week or so turn it up 5 or 10?

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    May 5, 2014

    You should check the state of your existing cigars – are they really too dry? If they are not, you can transfer them to your humidor directly. Otherwise, I’d suggest using one of the techniques above.

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    May 5, 2014

    I’ll check the cigars but they’ve been without humidification for a few years sadly to say.

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    May 14, 2014

    My son’s 18th birthday is in 6 weeks. I was thinking it would be cool to give him his dad’s cigars, including 3 from when he was born. My husband passed away about 2 1/2 years ago and the cigars are still in the humidifier, but I haven’t done anything to maintain it. The cigars look good, wrappers are good, no cracks. Which method do you suggest, especially for someone who knows nothing about cigars but the soothing aroma when my hubby smoked them? Thanks a bunch!!!

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    May 15, 2014

    Since the cigars seem to look good, the best way to prepare them for your son would probably be some regular humidor maintenance: make sure you have a hygrometer (might need a recalibration) and a thermometer. Depending on the current temperature/humidity levels, you will need to recharge it one or several times.

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    December 22, 2014

    Everyone will laugh at me, but here’s what I do. I haven’t had much success with humidors because I like my cigars very, very moist. I take my dry cigar out of the cellophane, take the rings off. I put a small pot of water on the stove with an overturned bowl in it, and place the cigar on top of the bowl, and I cover the pot. The water soon boils, and in about 2-3 minutes the cigar is very, very damp. If there were hard spots in the cigar I massage that area gently, and let it steam for 30 seconds or so more, and it is done. What surprises me is that once taken from the pot, the cigar dries pretty quickly, so that it isn’t over-moist when I smoke it right away. It works for me.

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    Jane Giesbrecht
    February 27, 2015

    My spouse left many boxes of fine cigars he collected over twenty years. They have been stored in his wine cellar at 56 degrees. I’m sure they are dry. I so appreciate this article and will try my hand at educating myself enough to try your methods so my son and I can enjoy smoking them. Thank you.

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    April 16, 2015

    I just fund a box of cigares that I’ve totally forgoten about.
    They are still in the wooden boox and all the cigars still have original plastic wrap around them.
    Before using any of you techniques I need to remove the plastic wraping?
    Best regards

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