To set up your humidor follow these few simple steps:
1.Place a shallow container filled with distilled water in the humidor (you can buy this at any pharmacy, but we also sell a Cohiba Humidification Solution which works well)
2.Place calibrated hygrometer inside humidor
3.Charge your humidification device
4.Place humidification device inside humidor
You have to check the relative humidity every day. Depending on a number of factors this can take a few days to a few weeks. When you get in the 70 range it is safe to store you smokes inside. As long as you constantly recharge your humidification device you will never have to wait to store your cigars again.
There is no need to wipe down the cedar inside the humidor, this can cause all sorts of problems.
We suggest waiting at least 3-5 days, no matter what the hygrometer says before putting cigars in a new humidor.
How to Test and Calibrate a Hygrometer
Fill a milk bottle cap or other small container with salt, and add a few drops of water (not enough to dissolve the salt).
Put the cap inside of a baggie or plastic container along with your hygrometer, and seal the bag.
Wait 6 hours, then check the reading on your hygrometer without opening the bag (or immediately after removing). If the reading is 75%, then your hygrometer is accurate and no adjustment is required.
If the reading is not precisely 75%, then adjust the hygrometer to 75% by turning the screw or dial on the back. This must be done immediately after removing from the bag or container, before room conditions cause the reading to change.
If there is no screw (or dial) to recalibrate your hygrometer, then you will just have to remember to add or subtract the difference between the test reading and 75%, in order to determine the actual humidity level inside of your humidor. For example, if your hygrometer test reading was 80%, then subtract 5% from the readings you get inside of your humidor, to determine the actual levels of humidity (e.g. a reading of 70% inside your humidor equals an actual humidity level of 65%).