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Old 02-19-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Just wondering why my nubs would crack like this. I've had 3 do the exact same thing. Now, they were in transit for 2 weeks a couple months ago. Oh, and I keep them at 62%
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:45 PM   #2
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did they expand and crack or just crack?
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:49 PM   #3
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They just cracked when I started smoking them
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:37 PM   #4
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Do you smoke them as soon s you take them from the humidor or let them sit a while?

Also, out East here,with this cold weather, this forced hot air is a cigar killer. I tend to keep my box set anywhere between 65-67 just to make sure they don't dry out.
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:50 AM   #5
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I smoke them right out of the humidor. These are the only sticks that do it. I have had quite a few Oliva cigars do it but they are so freaking good that I work around it lol
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:38 AM   #6
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stone, whats up my brother!!!

I had that happen to me with a tat frank...man I was pissed.....I keep my cigars at 70..its like little Havana when you open my cabinets!!

The frank was at around mid 60's to low 60's....
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often times a cigar will crack and have other things happen to it because of temperature variation and not the humidity. We all pay such special attention to the humidity of our cigars. But having a set-back themostat can and will do more harm than a swing in humidity. Then you have your cigars in your humidor at 70 degrees, then bring it outside where it's 10 degrees, then back in the house then a week later you expect it to smoke right. Can't happen.
Similarly in the summer when you bring it outside and leave it on your dash or trunk where the temp may hit 110 then back in your 75 degree airconditioned house. All this expansion and contraction will fracture the leaves.
Not only is this temperature variation deadly for your sticks, but it widly afected the humidity. Remember we do not consider absolute humidity, we look at relative humidity. A cigar in 70 degrees and 65% rh in your house will quickly reach the dew point outside in this exceptionally cold winter (dew point being the temperature at which there isn't enough energy in the air to support the amount of water vapor in it, or, 100% rh). If it drops a single degree, it rains. While it wont rain in your cigar the humidity or water vapor will condense from vapor into water thus saturating small sections of the leaves and drying out others. Then warm the cigar up and you will have issues (even mold being one of them).
The floor in my house that my humidors are in I lock my thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 74 in the summer.
(a good example of this below dew point rain stuff can be seen anytime you bring a glass of cold or iced water outside and it sweats or gets covered with condensation. This is rain caused by the warm moist air coming in contact with the cold glass and the cold air around it and there not being enough energy in that cold air to support the water vapor so it condenses or turns into water form a vapor)
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:16 AM   #8
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That makes sense Skip. We have had record heat and dry air here this weekend. I didn't even think of that.

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What Skipper said! :-)
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Thanks guys, I knew I could come here for answers
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