6 Cigar Humidification Approaches Now that you have a good comprehension of exactly what a hygrometer does and what can happen if your humidity is too high or too low, let's talk about how to really control the humidity in your humidor. Unfortunately, you can't just use a moist paper towel in a ziplock bag... 1. The Hockey Puck Humidification Method The unofficial hockey puck method was my very first means to control the humidity in my humidor and boy was it stressful. This is the"puck" that is included with humidors the majority of the time and needs you to soak it in propylene glycol. I found it to be a bit of a guessing game since you need to make sure that your"puck" doesn't run out of juice. It had been mainly stressful because I used the crummy free version from my humidor so results may vary. However, once I upgraded to some Xikar puck, it was smooth sailing. I just had to re-soak each 30-45 days and found it to be much more consistent. Soaking a humidor puck is quite easy. It takes about 30 seconds and you simply purchase the propylene glycol individually. This remedy is odorless and only replaces water as a pure form of moisture. Using tap water may cause issues because of chlorine or other substances, and distilled water won't stay moist provided that propylene glycol. 2. The Tubes or Mini Jars Cigar Humidification Method Xikar and Drymistat make very easy to use products which you can merely open and pop it into a humidor such as this beyberk. These include a much more controlled method of managing humidity compared to the puck method. The only bad thing is you have to replace these entirely most of the time each 3-6 weeks completely. I don't advise trying to"re-soak" them with the propylene glycol. The attractiveness of these, especially the tubes is they don't occupy much room in your humidor. But, depending on how big the jar arrangement may work better: 3. The Boveda Packs Cigar Humidification Method Similar to the jar or tubes out of Xikar and Drymistat, you can go with a very controlled system of Boveda humidity packs. These are my favourite cigar humidification method and ones that I use for my tupperdor today. However, they could err a bit on the high side in terms of humidity if you use them at a tupperdor. I'd aim to go several percentages lower in the preferred humidity as a result if you have a tupperdor. (These packs come in all different humidity levels.) Otherwise they do a great job of consuming humidity if it's too high and growing if it is too low. Once your pack is stiff, then you simply throw it away. That being said, many claim to have the ability to recharge these very easily by simply soaking them for a couple of days once they become stiff. Even though this might be a great way to spend less, the recharged packs certainly won't be as accurate as an original. To discover more about how to recharge, take a look at this YouTube tutorial. For me personally, I really don't recharge since if I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars on cigars, I do not wish to cut corners to save a few dollars on Boveda packs. 4. The Heartfelt Beads Humidification Method Heartfelt beads are a common humidity method which many advocate across java forums. This company revolves around these beads and they have a lot of diehard followers to their product. These are most likely one of the costlier choices but continue forever. They do require spraying of distilled water following two or week though so you have to stick to a schedule. This method is somewhat more geared towards the advanced cigar collectors. Normally, cigar collectors will have a pouch of those a layer at the bottom of their wineador. 5. The Electric Cigar Humidification Method There's nothing better than the set it and forget of a electric humidifier, particularly in the event that you have a big or valuable set. All these are a bit expensive compared to the other options such as wineador but there is the benefit of very little maintenance. The components work great if plugged in -- so you will be asked to conduct a level cable into the outside of your humidor. However a few of those units have some really cool features like wi-fi capabilities and can humidify up to 1,000 cigars! (That would be a good deal of Boveda packs...) You do have to replace the cartridge every 6 -- 12 months but it's relatively cheap. 6. The Kitty Litter Cigar Humidification Method For a larger wineador installation, many recommend kitty litter as a viable choice to control humidity. I've never done this but many swear by it. This is a really similar technique to this Heartfelt beads strategy outlined previously. The crucial thing is to get a kitty litter without a fragrance and spray on distilled water every two to three weeks as needed. I've seen very positive testimonials from Exquisicat Crystals with very low dust nor odor.