Once you’ve cut your cigar you’re ready to light it! It is important to remember to use an odorless flame to light your cigar. Wooden matches and torch or butane lighters are your best options for this. To avoid the taste of sulfur from lighting your cigar, make sure to wait until the head of your match is burned down. Holding the cigar between your thumb and forefinger, you will begin to toast your foot. Toasting the foot of the cigar prepare your cigar to be lit. It decreases the amount of moisture that the cigar is holding at the end and dries the tobaccos. Gently rotate the cigar so that the foot toasts evenly. Next, simply place the cigar into your mouth once it has begun to produce the initial smoke. At this time you can begin to puff on your cigar and continue to rotate it so that it lights evenly. There is no need to hold the cigar directly to the flame. As you draw breath in during the lighting process, the flame will naturally draw into the cigar. When you believe your cigar is properly lit, you can blow gently on the foot and the entire area will glow.
Start by generously dampening a clean sponge or cloth with distilled water. Then, wipe down all exposed cedar wood inside of the humidor, including the interior lid, tray, and dividers. To prevent warping, carefully place the wet sponge or cloth on top of a plastic bag and place inside the humidor. The plastic bag will thus create a barrier so there is no direct contact with the wood.
Next, you need to prepare your humidification device. Once the humidification device is filled, be sure to wipe it down to remove all the excess water. With the humidification device and damp sponge inside, close the humidor and let it sit overnight. The next day, refresh the humidification device, check the sponge, and repeat the wipe down procedure using distilled water. Do not leave the sponge inside this time. Wait another 24 hours.
After the second treatment, the walls of the humidor should have now absorbed all the water they need. It should be safe to use the humidor as long as you cannot feel any dampness on the cedar. If so, then wait an additional day before storing your cigars.