Dry Boxing

VodkaBob

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I live in the Nevada desert. I store everything at 67 / 70. By the time I take out a cigar, snip it and light it— it’s already a bit dry!!!
Just kidding of course, but it is kinda true if I put a couple in my pocket or even a cigar case 😁
One note though- if you don’t dry box them long enough, the middle might have more moisture than the outside, turning things into an adventure.
 

CigarStone

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There have been quite a few posts on dry boxing... here is one more :)

Cigars should be stored at between 67 and 70 percent humidity, to prevent the precious oils from drying up, and for maximum aging potential. However, smoking them at this humidity causes some problems... such as tunneling, re-lights, bitter and hot tasting smoke and more... The ideal humidity to smoke cigars is between 60 and 62 percent humidity. (especially Cuban cigars)

Many Europeans store their cigars between 55 and 62 percent, which I believe is a tragedy. Sure, they may smoke great at first, but after several years, you will have ruined your entire stock. Unfortunately, I have purchased many boxes stored just like this, and have not been very happy with the results.

You can purchase a small humidor from Amazon (just like this one) for 25 bucks, that works perfectly.

Here is a picture of mine:
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Here it is opened:
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I use 60 percent Heartfelt beads (you can see them here) Buy a half pound, and they will last a lifetime. (I have had mine over 10 years and they still work perfectly) Make sure you only wet a small area on one side, so the beads can regulate the humidity.

So, for around 50 bucks, you can have a perfect dry box setup. Believe me when I tell you it is worth it...

Make sure you "season" your dry box. (plenty of info on seasoning humidors on this site)

Here is a simple recipe for success:

1. Store your cigars between 67 and 70 percent humidity
2. One day each week grab enough cigars to smoke that week.
3. Put them in your dry box.
4. Smoke the smaller gauge cigars first, the larger gauge cigars last.
5. Rotate your cigars daily, this will contribute to an even burn.
6. Share this with at least one other brother (or sister)

Please let me know how much better your cigars are tasting and burning, after you do this.

CigSid
Bill, I see from the pics that you put the cigars in the dry box in whatever way they arrive? Foil, cello, cedar?
 

CigarStone

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There have been quite a few posts on dry boxing... here is one more :)

Cigars should be stored at between 67 and 70 percent humidity, to prevent the precious oils from drying up, and for maximum aging potential. However, smoking them at this humidity causes some problems... such as tunneling, re-lights, bitter and hot tasting smoke and more... The ideal humidity to smoke cigars is between 60 and 62 percent humidity. (especially Cuban cigars)

Many Europeans store their cigars between 55 and 62 percent, which I believe is a tragedy. Sure, they may smoke great at first, but after several years, you will have ruined your entire stock. Unfortunately, I have purchased many boxes stored just like this, and have not been very happy with the results.

You can purchase a small humidor from Amazon (just like this one) for 25 bucks, that works perfectly.

Here is a picture of mine:
View attachment 18604

Here it is opened:
View attachment 18605

I use 60 percent Heartfelt beads (you can see them here) Buy a half pound, and they will last a lifetime. (I have had mine over 10 years and they still work perfectly) Make sure you only wet a small area on one side, so the beads can regulate the humidity.

So, for around 50 bucks, you can have a perfect dry box setup. Believe me when I tell you it is worth it...

Make sure you "season" your dry box. (plenty of info on seasoning humidors on this site)

Here is a simple recipe for success:

1. Store your cigars between 67 and 70 percent humidity
2. One day each week grab enough cigars to smoke that week.
3. Put them in your dry box.
4. Smoke the smaller gauge cigars first, the larger gauge cigars last.
5. Rotate your cigars daily, this will contribute to an even burn.
6. Share this with at least one other brother (or sister)

Please let me know how much better your cigars are tasting and burning, after you do this.

CigSid
Bill, I'm assuming that since there are only five cigars in that box that you have six more boxes for the other days of the week? Is the pictured box your Monday smokes, or your Saturday smokes? ;)
 

CigarStone

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@CigSid

I know this horse is pretty dead but I have a question that might be the final bullet.:)

I am an eratic cigar smoker in that I may smoke 3 tomorrow and then not smoke again for a few days. Should I be concerned if I put 10 cigars in my lock-n-lock box, with 62% boveda packs, and don't get to them for two weeks? Maybe even three weeks?
 

Smbauer

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@CigSid

I know this horse is pretty dead but I have a question that might be the final bullet.:)

I am an eratic cigar smoker in that I may smoke 3 tomorrow and then not smoke again for a few days. Should I be concerned if I put 10 cigars in my lock-n-lock box, with 62% boveda packs, and don't get to them for two weeks? Maybe even three weeks?
I used to keep my humidors at about 62% and never really had any issues.
I do keep them all at 65% now though as it seems to be a little better and Habanos S.A. actually reccomends 65-70%.
Any higher than 65% and they are hard to keep lit and sometimes the wrappers will crack from expansion.
 

kann

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@CigSid

I know this horse is pretty dead but I have a question that might be the final bullet.:)

I am an eratic cigar smoker in that I may smoke 3 tomorrow and then not smoke again for a few days. Should I be concerned if I put 10 cigars in my lock-n-lock box, with 62% boveda packs, and don't get to them for two weeks? Maybe even three weeks?

You are good for up to about two weeks. Anything longer than that and I'd put it back in the humidor.
 
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