The winters in Buffalo can be severe in terms of cold and precipitation. Buffalo has endured snow falls that measured seven feet deep by the time the last flake fell. With the inclement weather comes exceedingly dry air, which can have an adverse effect on cigars, and storage nethods must be active and well thought out.
A new humidor typically has had no humidification preparations made to the wood interior. Most quality humidors are lined with the pleasantly aromatic Spanish cedar, which influences the flavor of the cigars contained within. The wood will be dry and often powdery sawdust will remain from the manufacturing process. With the humidity in the interior of the humidor when first purchased in the fifty percent range, the cigars will dry out quickly and be too fragile and unpleasant to smoke.
New humidors will most often come equipped with a hygrometery and a humidification device which is a simple encased sponge arrangement. Because of the intensely dry air during the winter months, a new humidor will need to have its interior wiped down with a clean cloth and distilled water. The humidor should be left overnight and the process repeated. Measures should be taken to avoid making the interior too wet as the wood could warp and seams open. While the inexpensive plastic hygrometers are not entirely accurate, a reading of seventy to seventy-two percent is optimal. Once the humidity level is set, check the humidor once every two or three days and keep the sponge device moist. Care must be taken to prevent over-humidification as the cigars can become moldy. Temperature must also be taken in account, with the optimal interior humidor temperature approximately seventy degrees.
Simple measures will kepp your humidor functioning as intended and your cigars fresh. While Buffalo will present unique challenges to preserving the well-being of your cigars, a little forethought will ensure a pleasant smoke and excellent conditions for the maintenance of an expensive collection.