HELP!!! Stinky humidor!!
R_M_G Posts: 41 ✭
I went to grab a smoke earlier today, and when I opened my humidor I was nearly knocked off my feet by the stench of an ashtray! I've been renting a room to a friend of mine and he smoked half of a Tabak Especial, one of the espresso infused kind, and liked it so much that he cut the burning part off and put the rest back into the humidor to save for another day! Does anyone know if this has ruined all the rest of the cigars? It's only been in there for two days, will this ash stench go away? Do I need to relocate to a new humidor? Do I need to trash humidor AND contents and stat from scratch?? HELP!
"...and in the evenings the men would be men. We would sit round the fire and share a drink, a smoke and old war stories that oft dealt more with women than war it's self. There were no fathers or sons, bosses nor hands, we were just men sitting round a fire."
I have zero experience in this but so as not to overreact I would take the half stick out (refraining from shoving it down roomate's throat) and get some air moving through my humi just for 1-2 minutes to "clear out" the air already in there. Quickly seal it back up and let the humidity settle down a bit and then give the contents a whiff. Take a cigar out and remove it from the cello to check if it smells like smoke as well.
If the smell returns just as strong (meaning all your stogies are emitting the ash smell) I'd take more drastic measures and get the smokes out of the humidor and into a bag. Let them sit for maybe 30 minutes open to the air, then seal them up with a humidification device and hygrometer in there. Let the humidity stabilize a bit but then open the bag to give them a quick whif. If they still smell ashy, let them sit open another 30 minutes. Rinse and repeat. Let your humi sit open until you can't smell any ash, then reseason and replace your sticks.
Just my non-expert opinion, follow any of this with caution.
I'm just saying -.-
I hear icicles are good for doing the deed as well
I wouldn't be keen on putting it on my stogies either (especially if they're un-cellophaned) but that's probably unnecessary anyways. Just having the baking soda in there exposed to the air (think high surface area) should help.
A new humidor seasoned and ready to go should be purchased by your (ex?)roomate for you to transfer all your sticks to, and he can have the stinky one.