Big T smokes:
In my 20 count that I actually smoke out of, I pull the cello off. My guy at the B&M told me that if you like the cedary taste (which I do) then keeping the sticks naked helps absorb the cedar flavors a little faster. He could be full of crap I dunno but it made sense to me.
I did an extensive amount of research (meaning I hit up a bunch of old threads on this forum and PMed Kuzi lol) and came up with the following conclussion: do what you like.
Theedge:I take the cigars out, make small slits in the cello, and then re-insert the cigars. Well, that's what I do for humidor A, which is to say, the cigars I'll be smoking over the next few days. For humidor B, I take the cigars out, cut the cello in half, re-insert the cigars backwards, but those I of course intend to keep for a few weeks. For humidor C I actually cut the cigar in half, keep the cello in one piece, glue the cigar band on my ass, and smoke a cigarette intead.
Smiley face....one of those long days people.