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Forum topic by grumpy749 posted 01-03-2015 01:00 AM 518 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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grumpy749

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01-03-2015 01:00 AM

Hey jocks, I am building a cigar humidor for a birthday gift for a very good golf buddy. I am making it out of cherry and lining it with Spanish cedar. The problem I have is the cedar is very dry. Now. I’m talking very dry like Arizona desert dry.The retailer I bought it from didn’t even know he had it in stock. I found it sitting behind his counter. I’M sure it was there for ten years or more. Anyway the information I have calls for 70 % humidity and the moisture content of my wood doesn’t even register on my moisture meter. So hears my question, what is the best and safest way to add moisture to my cedar without warping it. Thanks in advance.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !


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#1 posted 01-03-2015 01:12 AM

Build the humidor. Line it with cedar. Then slowly add moisture with a wetted sponge with distilled water resting in a container. It takes awhile. All humidors need to be seasoned. Google how to season a humidor. The only thing that I wouldn’t do is wetting the wood. The wet sponge in a container inside the humidor will do the trick. The wood moisture content will get to 67-70 humidity.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 01:12 AM

The sponge should not contact the wood. A soap dish works.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 12:32 AM

Thanks Elche, that’s kinda what I had in mind. The problem I have is the Spanish cedar is so dry that before I lined my box with it I wanted to give it a head start on gathering moisture. I’m not sure how long it will take but I didn’t want it to take too long. I was hopping to deliver it on Monday but that doesn’t look like that will happen now.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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