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How to Season Your Humidor with Boveda

Watch this step-by-step guide to learn how to set up a humidor. With Boveda, seasoning a cigar humidor is easy, mess-free and requires no extra work on your part!

Learn How to Season Your Humidor the Right Way

Shot Glass. Sponges. Distilled Water. Have You Ever Seasoned Your Humidor? 

Are you setting up a new humidor or cleaning up after a party? Either one sounds like a chore. Seasoning a cigar humidor does not have to be a part-time job—despite what you read on cigar forums. You can do this—the right way, the safe way and the easy way—by using Boveda 84% RH (relative humidity). 

But first, you need to gear up. You’ll need:

  1. Boveda 84% RH for seasoning a wood humidor
  2. Alternate airtight storage for your cigars while you season your humidor
  3. Two weeks

Then just sit back and let Boveda get to work. (You can now use that shot glass for its intended purpose. Salud!)

Yes, Using Boveda Is The Easiest Way to Set Up a Humidor

  • Eliminates seasoning with messy sponges and distilled water.
  • Works in 14 days with nothing else to add (or manage).
  • Releases only pure water vapor, which won’t contaminate your cigar storage.
  • Prevents shocking, warping or molding the wood.

Remember, your cigars have to move out while you season your humidor!

Don’t mistreat your poor Olivas or Matildes. Keep the oils and sugars of your cigars intact while you season your cigar humidor. Store those cigars in a Tupperware® container with Boveda 69% RH or a Boveda Humidor Bag, which comes preloaded with humidity control.

Boveda Humidor Bags are preloaded with Boveda humidity packs in the best RH for cigars.
BONUS: After you reenter your cigars into your freshly seasoned humidor, you can re-use that Boveda Humidor Bag for up to a year to condition new cigars. Conditioning new cigars at the right RH prevents them from stealing moisture from the sticks already in your humidor—and gives you a smoother smoke. Watch Boveda’s Rob Gagner and Brian Rice explain why it’s good to condition new cigars.

Why 84% RH? Isn’t THAT too high for cigars?

You ARE an aficionado! Normally, you’d never store cigars at 84% RH. But remember, your cigars aren’t inside your humidor while you season it with Boveda.

So why use Boveda 84% RH for seasoning a humidor?

Using this high RH, you can raise the humidity inside your cigar humidor in just 14 days. After two weeks, those Boveda 84% RH packs will raise the RH in your humidor to about 65%.

When You Use Boveda 84% RH Packs to Season a Humidor, What Should Your Hygrometer Reading be?

The RH inside a humidor doesn’t matter while you’re seasoning with Boveda 84% RH packs. Just ignore your hygrometer for 14 days.

Why? A hygrometer only measures the amount of moisture in the air inside your humidor. While Boveda for Seasoning packs are in your humidor, they increase the moisture within the cell structure of the wood, not the air. We call that the free water space. A hygrometer can’t measure the moisture in wood, so forget about the RH readings for now.

Just so you know, Boveda scientists have tested how much moisture it takes to “fill up” a wood humidor’s free water space. To fully season a 100-count wood humidor, it needs about 100 grams of moisture. Each Size 60 Boveda 84% RH releases about 35 grams of moisture. That’s why we recommend using four seasoning packs for a 100-count humidor (35 grams x 4 = 140).

    While you season your wood humidor, re-calibrate your hygrometer

    Every six months you should re-calibrate a hygrometer or humidor sensor to make sure it’s giving you accurate results. Day 12 of seasoning a humidor is the perfect time to calibrate your hygrometer with the Boveda One-Step Calibration Kit. It’s a salt test just like the pros use to recalibrate laboratory hygrometers. Read more about Why You Need to Calibrate a Hygrometer.

    How do you recalibrate a humidor’s hygrometer? Use the One-Step Calibration Kit Calibration Kit every six months to re-calibrate your hygrometer or sensor to make sure it’s giving you accurate moisture readings from your humidor (Sensor not included.)

    Do You Have to Season a Wood Humidor?

    Yes. Skip seasoning and a wood humidor will simply absorb moisture from your sticks. You’ll constantly battle low humidity levels that make for dry cigars and frustrating smokes. (And you’ll blow through Boveda faster than you need to.) Why risk the money you invest in your cigars?

    BTW, if seasoning really isn’t for you, you can always store cigars in an acrylic cigar humidor, coolerdor, tupperdor or Boveda Humidor Bag. No seasoning required!

    Do You Have to Season a Wineador?

    Yes, if a windeador has wood trays and shelves, you should season the unit before adding cigars. Seasoning conditions the wood components inside the wineador.

    Before adding cigars to a wineador, like this NewAir model, season a cigar humidor with Boveda Seasoning packs.
    To season this 250-count NewAir Electric Cigar Humidor Wineador with Boveda 2-way humidity control, you’d need three (3) Size 320 Boveda OR ten (10) Size 60 Boveda.

    How Many Boveda 84% RH for Seasoning Do You Need?

    Boveda for Seasoning is available in Size 60 and Size 320. It’s your choice which size Boveda you use. For large humidors and wineadors, some cigar smokers like the Size 320 because they can buy fewer packs.

    With either size Boveda for cigars, base the number of packs you use on your humidor’s capacity, NOT the number of cigars currently inside your humidor. (We did the math for you under the picture of the wineador above.

    Use the Humidor Calculator to Order Boveda Seasoning Packs

    Click on this pop-up Boveda Humidor Calculator to automatically find out how many Boveda seasoning packs you need for your humidor.

    • One (1) Size 60 for every 25 TOTAL cigars your wood humidor or wineador can hold
    • Or one (1) Size 320 for every 100 TOTAL cigars your wood humidor or wineador can hold

    Do You Need to Re-season a Wood Cigar Humidor?

    Yes, re-season your wood humidor every six month to maintain a perfect RH inside, get the most life out of your Boveda and create a tight seal.

    Overview: How to Season a Humidor with Boveda

    1. Remove your cigars from your humidor and move them into a closed Tupperware® container, cooler or a Humidor Bag with 69% Boveda.
    2. Place the 84% Boveda seasoning pack(s) inside your empty wooden humidor.
    3. Close the lid and don’t open the humidor for 14 days—no matter what your hygrometer readings are. (The wait is worth it. Trust us.)
    4. After 14 days, open your humidor, remove the Boveda seasoning pack(s) and discard them—they aren’t reusable.  
    5. Move your cigars back into your well-seasoned humidor and add new Boveda packs in your desired RH—69%, 72% or 75%