Originally Posted by bsarosi
So I've purchased two humidors (50 and 100 count) in the last year only to have them not perform as I'd hoped. I followed the initial instructions to wipe down the humidor with distilled water with a sponge and use a xikar crystal jar (with solution added every 3-4 months) to control humidity level and both times the cigars ended up way too dried out to the point the leaves were cracking. I realized on one humidor that the seal was not completely tight so maybe that contributed but both ended that way. So, a few questions:
Am I doing something wrong or not enough to properly control humidity? If so, would fellow SF members care to share some advice?
If it's the humidor, could folks recommend a trusted humidor to hold approx. 50-100 cigars or site you'd recommend purchasing from?
Do you have properly calibrated digital hygrometers? Also cheap humidors often have bad seals and the seems of the Spanish cedar often aren't perfectly aligned, leaving gaps for moisture to transfer in or out. You should first buy an inexpensive digital hygrometer (Hygroset II or something like that), properly calibrate it using the salt test or a boveda pack inside a ziploc bag, and then test your humidors to see how quickly the rH drops. I like to keep it around 63-64%.
If the rH keeps dropping quickly that means you have a leak and you should either seal up the seams and joints inside the humidor with aquarium sealant or toss the humidors for a higher quality one. Usually you'll get the best ones from a custom humidor maker but there are some higher end store boughts that should serve your need too.