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Now for my new purchase: Bought this one for the fifth wheel, left the bulging one at the house. Shortly after, I decided to buy another. This item looks great, but definitely needs to be seasoned. I read and watched plenty of videos online about how to do all of this, pretty similar information.
First, make sure you calibrate the hygrometer. A bottle cap (water, pop, milk, etc) will work just fine. Fill it about half way with salt (none of the videos I watched said Iodized or sea salt, just salt) and a little distilled water to make kind of a paste, not enough for liquid. Leave the bottle cap and hygrometer (take the rubber gasket off) in a sealed sandwich bag for 24 hours, the humidity will adjust to about 75%. Turn the screw on the back of the hygrometer for it to read 75% and congratulations, you are calibrated! Put the hygrometer back, make sure you put the rubber gasket back on, it is required to make a seal.
To season the humidor, I decided to use the two week method of putting a clean sponge in a small plastic container and soaking the sponge with distilled water. Place the container in the humidor (no cigars) and leave it alone for two weeks. Couple videos I read said 7-14 days, I just went for the max because of other reviews saying this unit is difficult to season. Time will tell how my method works. I'm hoping to avoid having to wipe the sides with distilled water, an uneven application could warp the wood.
Never use tap water, the impurities can damage the humidor or change the taste of your cigars. Boiled water is not distilled water. To distill water, basically you have to boil water and catch the condensation from the steam in a separate container.
After the two weeks, add your humidifier solution to the hockey puck humidifier, let it sit for a while (I just left it for a couple hours) then try and shake out any excess solution. I placed mine on the bottom to avoid any leakage, I won't make that mistake again. It takes up some cigar space, but that is ok.
Eventually I may upgrade the humidifier to something like the Crystal Humidifier Jar if the small hockey puck humidifier doesn't work out well, especially because I am not at my house much (I work on the road) and won't be able to check the humidity level often.
Update: After seasoning a few times, the humidity finally stays around 75%. At first it would hover between 65% and 70%, but this could also be due to the climate. Be sure to properly season before adding cigars.
Update 2: Had to keep seasoning. I broke down and wiped the inside with distilled water then placed a plastic container with distilled water and sponge inside for two weeks twice now, still hoping it holds 75% without having to do the two week re-season often. I also bought a different humidifier, I did change to the Crystal Jar style this time.
Update 3: I'm going to have to keep wiping down the inside, at least every month would be best. I hadn't touched this for while and even though my new humidity jar wasn't used up, the humidity was only holding 60%.
Pros: The humidor presents a beautiful, dark, cherry finish (although please see Cons). Its sides are lined with fairly-thick planks of Spanish cedar (a trusted wood for use in humidors). The bottom is also lined with a thinner, cedar plank, which, although thinner, serves its purpose. In addition, Quality Importers provided a Spanish cedar divider, which has foam rubber on both ends of the plank, to keep the divider in place in the humidor (please see Cons). The planks, which are inserted in such a way that they are slightly taller than the humidor’s outer casing, create a seal (at least on mine) that passed the dollar-bill test with flying colors. Hinges and screws -- all of which are gold-plated -- are of seemingly good quality. The pivot arm used to mount the base to the lid is recessed cleanly. Included is a fairly-accurate (and adjustable) analog hygrometer. After performing the salt test on the hygrometer, mine was off by only 3% (the product description notes it can be off +/-5%; so, it was in spec. I dialed it in easily enough. It’s been consistent ever since (confirmed by this back-up, calibrated, cost-conscious, digital hygrometer: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Digital-Thermometer-Humidity-Hygrometer/dp/B008JL1M4A/ref=cm_cr-mr-title). The cutout for the analog hygrometer is sufficient, seal-wise. The reinforced glass top is nice in that it doesn’t seem like a simple, cheap pane of glass/plastic; and, it allows you to see your cigars -- a) how they’re doing in their environment (without continually opening it and changing the RH) and b) simply to admire those beauties. While there is very slight play in the glass, it doesn’t seem to affect the seal to any significant degree. The included humidifier is a nice add (although please see Cons). Its housing is typical, black plastic. The core is “wet foam brick,” like those used to keep flowers fresh, covered in a wire mesh. It has a strong magnet on the back, allowing it to attach to an included metal disc, which you adhere to the inside of the humidifier using double-sided foam tape already stuck to the back of the disc. Quality Importers didn’t need to include the humidifier. Given they did, it’s a pro in my book. The underside of the humidor provides a nice-looking, black, velvet-like material to better ensure the humidor doesn’t mar anything on which it sits. As an added benny, the company provided an engraveable brass nameplate. It’s cheap and uses an adhesive backing to adhere it to the box; but, it’s a nice add, nonetheless, especially if giving the humidor as a gift or if you simply want to customize your humidor.
Cons: The biggest con for me was the fact that my humidor came with a small scratch in the finish. However, I’m nitpicking there, as the finish was generally good. Another minor gripe involves the cedar-plank divider. Quality Importers placed foam rubber on either side of the plank (typical of these types of humidors). I’m not sure how it would be possible to execute the adhesion of the rubber to the plank better; however, the foam rubber is adhered to the plank using double-sided foam tape. If you need to reposition the plank, which I did a few times to fit the cigars I had on-hand at the time, the foam dislodges from the ends of the plank. I continually needed to reposition the foam on the ends of the plank to ensure it was aligned properly (especially given the glass top allows you to see in the box at all times). But, I am very picky about such things... others might not care. Another, very minor gripe, is the size of the included humidifier. It juts out a little and has the potential to inhibit lid closure if positioned too high on any of the humidor’s sides. There are alternatives out there, but, I want to give this humidifier a chance for now. Although, the metal disc offers a generous amount of space to move the humidifier around -- I wanted the disc and the humidifier perfectly aligned -- before adhering the metal plate to the inside of your humidor, spotcheck the location (before adhering it to the humidor) to ensure it will allow the lid to close without issue.
General Comments: Research the heck out of how to properly set up and maintain a humidor. Patience and proper knowledge is key to success. Watch videos from trusted cigar makers and resellers. Read blogs. Talk to those who successfully maintain their own humidors.If you don’t know such people, find them. They’re invaluable and can open up a whole new, enjoyable, cigar-laden world for you. When you get your humidor, don’t rush to buy cigars and throw them in -- as hard as it will be to resist this urge. You’ll likely regret rushing things. I know from experience, as a number of fine cigars went well before their time… at least until what I’d consider a recent success with the Quality Imports humidor. Unpackage and inspect your humidor. Test the seal by performing the dollar bill test. Test the accuracy of the hygrometer using the salt test. Calibrate your hygrometer(s) accordingly. Clean your humidor properly. Hydrate it properly. Some use distilled water to hydrate their humidifier. I tried that previously but had better luck this time with propylene glycol (this one, from Amazon -- https://www.amazon.com/Xikar-Propylene-Glycol-Humidor-Solution/dp/B004XWIZV2) and two Boveda 72% RH packs (also available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Boveda-Percent-Humidity-Control-4-Pack/dp/B004LHQEOY). Boveda’s are wonderful in helping maintain a static RH. Let the humidor stabilize for at least two weeks before putting cigars in it. Once you add cigars, watch your RH closely to see how the environment changes (as it will). Adjust accordingly, intentionally, and methodically. Another consideration, environments (RH, seal, etc.) vary..s so might your tobacco-keeping needs and particular tastes. Boveda provides different RH packs to suit various experiences and environments. Different RH levels can affect your cigar’s health, draw, flavor, burn rate, and other things. Different environments (e.g., humidors vs tupperdors) require different RH. Finally, please don’t take what I offer as lore. It worked for me, for my environment... this time around. It might not work for you and yours. Research for your particular environment, needs, and cigar expectations. The time spent (and your related patience) in learning about, preparing, and maintaining your humidor will be well worth the health of your cigars and the quality smoke they bestow upon you in return. IMHO, FWIW, the Quality Importers humidor is a great first step.
Recommended Purchase?: I used the Quality Importers desktop humidor for four or five months now. Based on the price, the quality of this humidor (made for those of us falling more of the thrifty side, but definitely serving the purpose well)… in addition to the bennies Quality Importers gives you with the purchase, yes, I recommend it as a four-star purchase. Should a need arise to change my review, I’ll do so ASAP. Until then, I wish you all a most-enjoyable smoke.