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arch72arch72 Posts: 780 ✭✭✭✭
edited October 2016 in Cigar 101
Ok I think I know the answer to this but just want to make sure I am right. My humi is staying around 67 % to 70 % RH .On the last couple of cigars the wrapper doesn't want to stay lit. Is this because I need to lower the RH? And do you guys take out a cigar and let rest before lighting it?
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  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat West TNPosts: 6,193 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Probably, and yes.  I'd shoot for 63 - 65%, especially in your part of the country.

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  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 9,616 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And...  are you certain your hygrometer is accurate?  Have you calibrated it?  Is it digital?
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  • LiquidChaos66LiquidChaos66 OregonPosts: 3,767 ✭✭✭✭
    Probably, and yes.  I'd shoot for 63 - 65%, especially in your part of the country.

    This and yes... I would recommend letting your cigar rest for about a hour. I felt when my humi was in the 70% range (by choice) they wouldn't burn as well right outta the box. So I would let them sit before smoking them. I usually got better performance out of them that way. But what worked for me may not work for everyone. Trial and error.
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  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 9,616 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's assuming your environment is at a lower humidity than what's in your humidor.  We always hear about dry-boxing, but then nobody mentions the 'dry-box' has to be drier.

    The other often overlooked part of the equation is the temperature, which is why you read the old adage about 70% at 70 degrees.  Put that same 70/70 humidor in a warmer room, and it'll be 65% at 80 degrees even though the air in the humi is the same air.  That's why it's called "relative" humidity.
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  • NorthsideSmokeNorthsideSmoke Not Waconia MNPosts: 512 ✭✭✭✭
    Also how long have you had the cigar? I recently smoked a cigar I got from one of our BOTL and nothing I did could keep that cigar lit. Wayne did the math on the release to my humidor time and was a matter of a few weeks. That cigar was just way too fresh. But it may be a case of your cigar was stored at too high a humidity wherever you purchased it and it needs more time to settle.   
  • YaksterYakster I'm on a Buying Freeze / I sent the Coffee Filters!Posts: 14,883 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The higher the temp, the more water the air can hold so 70% RH at 80 degrees has a lot more water than 70% at 60 degrees.
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  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,686 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2016
    Ligero or other oily wrappers can have trouble burning, even if the humidity isn't too high. If it's a certain type or brand of cigar, sometimes you can "dry box" or set them in an empty unseasonably humidor for a little while (hours, a day, whatever) before you smoke. Don't have an empty humidor, just lay it out on the counter (unless you live in a swamp). 
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  • dirtdudedirtdude Green ValleyPosts: 5,133 ✭✭✭✭✭
    arch is a long way from the nearest swamp
    A little dirt never hurt
  • arch72arch72 Posts: 780 ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah more like in the middle of the Mohave desert lol
  • arch72arch72 Posts: 780 ✭✭✭✭
    Ok I got he RH down to 65% and the temp is around 70 to 75 now that it is cooler here thank god. I am getting a new humi in two weeks that will have temp control. It is a Newair CC 300
  • KCWKCW Posts: 1,334 ✭✭✭
    Yakster said:
    The higher the temp, the more water the air can hold so 70% RH at 80 degrees has a lot more water than 70% at 60 degrees.
    This is correct
  • LiquidChaos66LiquidChaos66 OregonPosts: 3,767 ✭✭✭✭
    arch72 said:
    Ok I got he RH down to 65% and the temp is around 70 to 75 now that it is cooler here thank god. I am getting a new humi in two weeks that will have temp control. It is a Newair CC 300

    that's a badass setup.... im jealous! lol
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