Humidor Tip: Built In Hygrometer Calibration
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So you get a new humidor, maybe even your first one, it has a hygrometer built in the front of it. Sure it looks nice but is it correct so that it will protect your cigars? You can’t get it out to run a salt test so now what?
One of the first things you want to do with a new humidor is two main things. Run a salt test on your hygrometer and then season your humidor. This can be hard if the hygrometer is built into the humidor. The first thing you want to do is to read the directions if any came with your humidor. Does it come out? If so you can take it out and run a salt test. If not you can contact the humidor manufacture and ask them if it comes out for salt tests. Here are your other options.
1. If you have another hygrometer around the house you can salt test that one and set it up in working order. Once that is done place it in your humidor for a day and see if your built in one reads the same as the salt tested one. If not adjust the built in hygrometer and check again in 24 hours. Adjust as needed until they read the same.
2. I have never liked the non-digital hygrometers that come with humidors I find them untrustworthy and the springs get worn. You could ignore the built in hygrometer and go with a digital hygrometer. They can be found just about anywhere and are much more accurate. They come in many different shapes so you should be able to find one that fits what you need. I have two humiGAUGEâ„¢ “Perfecto hygrometers but you can find a cheap one at your local Walmart, Radio Shack or any online cigar shop.
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