On a small desk top humidor things should be simple and easy.
First wipe down the wood with a lightly moist lint free cloth with distilled water to remove cedar dust from manufacturing not for conditioning..
Too moist of a cloth and you can raise the grain of the wood..... bad idea.
Next place the humidor in a plastic bag with out any holes anywhere and tie the end shut with the humidor in it with a couple of Boveda 84% humidity packs inside the humidor.
Forget about it for three days.
Next take out the 84% packs and replace with 69 or 70% and do not use the bag anymore.
Calibrate a small hydro digital round gauge that shows both RH and temp and place it in the humidor with the 69 or 70 pack.
Use three of them with a fifty to 75 count box,or about one for the humi and one per 25 count.
Check once daily only to see what the RH is.,
When you go through a week with steady same RH as the packs say on them checking only once daily, not before, put your cigars in and you are done.
If RH drops then be patient since you are only humidifying cigars now not the humidor.
It will come up in a few days when your cigars are perfect and longer if they were dry.
If the humidor never goes to RH on the packs with out cigars send it where you got it from or sell it.
Sealing a humidor too tight or using foam and such means your humidor is not a good one.
You need some air but not enough to keep humidity from coming up to par.
Buy the humidor ,packs and digital gauge before the cigars if possible.
A tupper ware with packs will work fine even if totally tight for months if you have to but a humidor is better.
Besides consistent RH at 68-70 all you need is some air exchange that is as described above and not more than 74 F temp as well as no light.
Uvs destroy cigars.....you let them see the light of the day only when they are burning.when you smoke if outside.
Humidors with glass are a bad idea unless they do not see UVs
Any other way you will not get the best possible taste of your cigars which is the most important reason for having them.
A double ziplog bag with a little pack in there is the way to go when you go shopping for sticks,but keep it out of the light of the sun when transporting your cigars as much as possible.
Edited by Habanos addict, 28 March 2012 - 08:35 AM.