6 Cigar Humidification Methods Now that you have a solid comprehension of what a hygrometer does and what can happen if your humidity is too high or too low, let us discuss how to really control the humidity in your humidor. Unfortunately, you can not just use a damp paper towel in a ziplock bag... 1. The Hockey Puck Humidification Method The unofficial hockey puck system was my very first way to control the humidity in my humidor and boy was it stressful. This is actually the"puck" that is included with humidors most of the time and needs you to soak it into propylene glycol. I discovered it to be a bit of a guessing game because you have to be sure your"puck" does not run out of juice. It was mostly stressful because I used the free version from my humidor so results may vary. I only had to re-soak each 30-45 days and found it to be more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is quite easy. It takes about 30 seconds and you simply buy the propylene glycol separately. This remedy is odorless and just replaces water as a more pure form of moisture. Using tap water can cause issues because of chlorine or other substances, and distilled water won't stay moist as long as propylene glycol. 2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method Xikar and Drymistat make very simple to use products that you can merely open and pop it into a humidor such as this cabinet humidor. These have a much more controlled method of handling humidity than the puck method. The only bad thing is you have to replace these completely the majority of the time each 3-6 months completely. I don't advise attempting to"re-soak" them together with the propylene glycol. The beauty of them, particularly the tubes is that they don't take up much room in your humidor. But, depending on how big the jar format will work better: 3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method Similar to the tubes or jar out of Xikar and Drymistat, it is possible to go with a very controlled system of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favorite cigar humidification strategy and ones that I use for the tupperdor today. However, they can err a bit on the large side in terms of humidity should you use them at a tupperdor. I'd aim to go several percentages lower in the desired humidity for a result when you have a tupperdor. Otherwise they do a great job of absorbing humidity if it is too high and growing if it is too low. Once your pack is stiff, then you just throw it off. That being said, many claim to be able to recharge these very easily simply by soaking them for a couple of days after they get stiff. Even though this might be a terrific way to spend less, the recharged packs definitely won't be as accurate as an original. To find out more about how to recharge, check out this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I don't recharge because if I'm going to spend hundreds of bucks on cigars, I do not wish to cut any corners to save a few dollars on Boveda packs. 4. The Heartfelt Beads Humidification Method Heartfelt beads are a common humidity method that many recommend across cigar forums. This provider revolves around these beads and they've a lot of diehard followers for their product. These are most likely one of the costlier choices but continue forever. They do require spraying of distilled water after week or two though so you have to stick to a schedule. This way is somewhat more geared towards the more advanced cigar collectors. Typically, cigar collectors will have a pouch of those a coating at the bottom of the wineador. 5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method There is nothing better than the place it and forget of a electric humidifier, especially if you have a big or precious set. All these are a little expensive when compared with the other choices such as arc 14s but there's the benefit of very little upkeep. The components work great if plugged -- so you'll be asked to run a level cable into the exterior of your humidor. However a few of these units have a few really cool features like wi-fi capabilities and can humidify around 1,000 cigars! (That could be a good deal of Boveda packs...) You really do need to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 weeks but it's relatively inexpensive. 6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method For a bigger wineador installation, many advocate kitty litter as a viable option to control humidity. I have personally never done this but many swear by it. This is a very similar technique to this Heartfelt beads strategy outlined previously. The key is to obtain a kitty litter without a odor and spray on distilled water every two to three weeks as required. I have seen very positive reviews out of Exquisicat Crystals with very low dust nor odor.