How to Get a Proper Seal on a Humidor

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A humidor is a must for anyone who smokes cigars on a regular basis. A quality cigar can become very average in a hurry if it is not properly hydrated and is not kept at the proper temperature. Older humidors can become warped over time and can lose their airtight seal. Keeping a humidor properly sealed is as important as keeping it at the right humidity and temperature levels.

Things You'll Need

  • Dollar bill
  • Weather stripping
  • Scotch tape
  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Utility knife
  • Test the seal. One of the easiest ways to do this is to get a dollar bill and open your humidor lid. Place half of the bill inside the humidor and half outside. Close the lid and then try to pull the bill out. A properly sealed humidor will make pulling the bill out pretty difficult. If the humidor's seal is not airtight, the bill will come out easily. Perform the dollar bill test on the front and sides of the humidor.

  • Attach foam weather-stripping just above the lip of the lid. The weather-stripping needs to be relatively thin. Put pressure on the weather-stripping to make sure that it is secured properly after it is applied.

  • Run a bead of clear caulk inside the lip of a humidor to improve the seal. Silicone caulk is the best bet because it will be less likely to affect the flavor of the cigars. Other types of caulk may give off odors that will change the odor and taste of the cigars. A utility knife can be used to trim excess caulk from the humidor once it dries.

  • Check the humidor's hinges and screws. On some occasions, the hinges on the lid of a humidor can become loose and not properly aligned. It is a good idea to check the hinges and supporting screws to ensure that they are tight so the humidor's seal will be that much more secure.

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