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Hi James,
My problem is I cant seem to get my humidor up to 68%. The temperature in the house is around 66 and the temp on the hydrometer reads 65 however my RH is hovering around 60-61-62.
I have a China made Humidor given to me as a gift. It is a 100 count, I have seasoned it and am using 4-75% Boveda packs. I live in NJ and lately its been very cold and my heat has been kicking on quite a bit. The temperature in the last few days has been around 10-15F (very cold). Could the cold dry air and the increased heat usage be effecting my humidor?

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Hi Mike,

This is a common problem during extremely cold winters.  The cold, dry air and heat can indeed wick away humidity from your humidor.  I'm from Toronto (not far from NJ) and I'm also experiencing the same cold snap that you're experiencing and yes, the weather has drastically caused the humidity in my humidors to dip.  In extremely cold winters, I also find my humidifiers depleting their reservoirs twice as fast.  

Moving your humidor to a less hot and dry room should allow your humidor to recover.  Also, during extremely frigid winters, be sure to check your boveda packs more frequently to ensure that they're not getting too dry.

I hope this helps.  If you have any more questions, please feel free to just ask and I will be happy to help.

Regards,
James

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


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B.A. University of Toronto

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Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
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- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

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