All wooden humidors need to be seasoned before use. The reason is twofold; (1) to raise the moisture level in the wood so it’ll be in equilibrium with your cigars, otherwise the wood will rob moisture from your cigars if it’s too dry, and (2) the lid won’t seal as well as it should.
Nothing could be easier. Simply place the correct amount of Boveda seasoning packs inside your humidor (without cigars) and wait 14 days. Then replace the seasoning Boveda (84% RH) with regular Boveda 62%-75% RH. Use one packet for every 25 cigars your humidor can hold. For example a 100 count humidor would require four packs.
Don’t worry about what your hygrometer is reading while you season. The moisture of the air is not the moisture content of the wood.
What do you do with your cigars while your humidor is seasoning? We recommend placing them in a tupperware container, cooler, or Humidor Bag with 69% Boveda while you wait for your humidor to season. (Humidor Bags come pre-loaded with Boveda)
If you live in a dry climate it’s not unusual to need to re-season once a year, usually during the dry winter months.