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First_WarriorFirst_Warrior Posts: 2,769 ✭✭✭✭✭

One thing I have noticed since the cold weather has set in is my cigars have lost bit of flavor. I really couldn't get the subtle nuisances that I could get in the summer. I figured since the humidity gauges have humidity and temperature it maybe was the temperature causing luck of full flavor.
I store and smoke in my studio. The studio is hard to heat being 2000 sq ft with ten foot ceilings and five 3x5 ft windows. I have a ceiling hung radiant propane tube heater and my wood stove but it is usually 45 degrees inside when I go up in the AM. That means my cigars are 45 degrees.
What to do? I settled on using a 32" high 3 ft long by 2 ft wide metal tube cart I had been using to store lathe tools and lathe chucks. I found other places for my tools, removed a bottom shelve and bored 24 1 1/12" holes in the wood top. I placed three wood humidors and a couple of tupperdors on 3/4 by 3/4 by 3' runners on the top of the cart. The runners keep the cigar boxes off the top a little so the warm air can circulate. I tried using a lamp underneath for a heat source but it was too hot. I finally settled on using a small oil filled heater that fit just right with plenty of head room. Last thing I want to do is burn up all my cigars at once. I stapled a 2 ft strip of plastic sheeting around the cart to channel the heat. I then covered the cigars with a old quilt and set the heater on low. In three days all the gauges were reading 65 degrees at 68 percent humidity.
I could tell the difference in the cigars right away. I figure the aging process was also slowed down by the cold so that got fixed too.
So, if your cigars are being stored cold consider warming them up.

The Native Peoples of the Americas gave tobacco to the world.


  • IndustMechIndustMech Posts: 4,298 ✭✭✭✭✭


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    It'll be fine once the swelling goes down.

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