While many cigar lovers are truly dedicated to their hobby, there are still many people who consider cigar smoking an occasional treat. These smokers often have issues with taking care of their cigars. If you fall into the latter category, then you may have a couple of cigars that have dried out far before their time because they have been improperly stored. Extending cigar life is not as tricky as you think, but it does take some effort. Here are some tips on how to extend the lifespan of your cigars by storing them properly.

Get a Humidor

You might think that you don’t need a humidor if you only smoke cigars a few times a year. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A small humidor can make all the difference. Technically, a humidor is a box that contains a humidifying device inside. Some are quite large and fancy, while others are small and efficient. They are typically made from wood, especially Spanish cedar or mahogany. The humidity in these boxes can be regulated in larger models.

Make no mistake; using a humidor to store your cigars will help them last longer.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

No matter what, you should never leave your cigars out near a window or anywhere that receives direct sunlight. Cigars are surprisingly delicate things, and too much light can cause them to dry out, which makes the wrapper split and crack.

If your humidor has lights inside it, you should never put your cigars directly under them. This can cause the same loss of moisture that occurs when cigars are exposed to too much sunlight. Keep the cigars on the shelf or drawer below the lights.

Check, Check, Check

Cigars will last longer with a humidor and proper care, but you need to check up on them to make sure they are still usable. A simple manual examination of the cigar should tell you if it is still fresh. If the cigar yields to your finger and bounces back, it is still good. If it is hard and looks dry, it may not be salvageable. If your finger causes a dent in the cigar itself, it may have too much moisture in it.

Proper Storage: The Key to a Longer Cigar Life

A cigar has to be well cared for in order for it to provide maximum pleasure to its owner. This means that you must store it properly and keep it safe while you check on it regularly. While it might seem like a lot of trouble to find a humidor for one or two cigars, it is worth it in the long run. Without proper care, you will be left with brittle, dried out husks instead of cigars that promised an enjoyable experience.

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