How To Season A Humidor – Step by Step Guide

You have finally got yourself a brand new humidor, and in this humidor, you are going to store your most precious stogies but wait, you can’t just take it out and place your cigars in them. We have to season it first and if you don’t know how to do this, read my guide on how to season a humidor.

Seasoning a humidor is straightforward and can be done without fuss or equipment.

The devil is in the details, though, where many people make a mistake. It is also a slow process, so be patient.

Before we begin, there are a couple of things that you have to keep in mind. 

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines so you don’t void warranties. Also, they know what they have created and how it has to be handled. Make sure to read the guideline or instruction manual with the box.
  • If you have the best humidor from a good company and brand, it is also possible that you might not need to season.
  • In case there aren’t any instructions, proceed with seasoning.

Now that it is clear let’s move on to learning how to season a humidor.

How To Season A Humidor

Total Time: 2 days and 1 hour

Remove Everything

Open your humidor entirely and remove all the trays and gadgets. Things like hygrometer etc., have to be removed to not interfere with the process. Once everything is removed, we will make sure of all the visible wood, as once we start, we have to cover every inch of it.

Put Distilled Water in a Small Bowl

Take distilled water and pour some into a small bowl. We don’t have too much water or too little.

Soak Sponge or Cloth

Take your cotton cloth or sponge (preferably) and soak it in water. Remember that we only want it to be wet and should not be dripping damp or oversoaked. Just moist enough to wipe the wood without water dripping.

Wipe Down The Wood Inside

Once the cloth or sponge is comfortably wet, wipe the wood inside the humidor. Again keep in mind that we don’t water to be dripped in the box; instead, we want to wipe it with a wet cloth. While you are wiping, you will notice the wood change color and go darker. This is normal and expected. Just keep wiping till everything has been wiped. Also, remember to brush any trays or dividers you had taken out earlier.

Close It Up and Wait

Once wiped, close the box and let it sit for 24 hours. Don’t open to check on anything since we don’t want any outside humidity entering and interfering with the process.

Put the inside back together

After 24 hours, crank the box and fit all the gadgets and accessories in their proper place. You can also add humidification beads to even more enhance the seasoning, as beads work well in maintaining humidity.

Close It and Wait Again for 24 hours

Once everything has been set up, close the box and leave it for 24 hours again. Again keep in mind to not open the package in between. This wait time is for the box to adjust to new humidity and enhance the wood.

Estimated Cost: 1.00 USD


  • Distilled water


  • Regular small bowl

Materials: Clean sponge or cotton cloth

That’s it. After 24 hours, open the box, and it will be ready for storing your cigars. See, I told you it is pretty simple. The only thing to remember while seasoning is to never open it when not needed and to use distilled water.

I hope this helps you and makes it easier to season your humidors at home.


  1. Distilled water – Note that distilled water differs from filtered water and regular tap water. Distilled water does not contain any mineral deposits. Normal water’s minerals can seep into the wood, humidification devices, and cigars.
  2. Regular small bowl
  3. Clean sponge or cotton cloth.

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