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Hi James,

Just a quick follow up question on the advice you gave about how to restore a humidor due to an ashy smell caused by putting a half smoked cigar inside. My humidor smells ashy and I smoked one of the cigars which tasted ashy as well.

I do not have an ozone purifier but do have baking soda. Should I put the baking soda into an open container and leave it inside the humidor with the humidor shut or open?

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Hi Joe,

Baking soda can work but it may take anywhere between several days to a few weeks for the baking soda to fully remove the smell of smoke.  Baking soda may also compromise the natural scent of your other cigars so if you use this method, it's best that you temporarily remove all your cigars from your humidor until the smoke smell completely disappears. (Also, keep the lid shut with the baking soda inside and be careful not to spill any baking soda inside your humidor.)

As an alternative,  you can also use very fine grit sandpaper and lightly sand the entire cedar interior.  Sanding the interior will remove the smelly, top layer of cedar and bring out the naturally pungent cedar aroma again.  If you do decide to sand the interior,  be sure to thoroughly vacuum up all the residual cedar powder.

An ozone air purifier (or any air purifier capable of completely removing smoke odours) is still your best choice for completely removing the smoke smell in your humidor.  

I hope this helps. If you have anymore 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
Highest Rank:
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

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