Cigar Humidifiers Cigar Humidifiers
Cigar humidifiers are used to increase the humidity (moisture) level in a cigar humidor, where cigars are stored to prevent them from drying out.
Types of cigar humidifiers
Typical cigar humidifiers are composed of a plastic container with a grated top and a sponge inside that acts as the moisture absorbing and outputting agent. Most commonly, this sponge is the "oasis" (green foam) that is normally used to hold flower arrangements, because this type of sponge is optimal for retaining moisture. An alternative to the sponge is acrylic polymer granules that are activated by distilled water and emit humidity at a constant level.
Using cigar humidifiers
With the sponge type of cigar humidifiers, the sponge is moistened for the first time with a propylene glycol solution, or "humidification solution," of half propylene glycol and half distilled water. This solution, which is used every three to six months in between regular maintenance with distilled water, helps cigar humidifiers prevent bacterial growth and regulate the environment.