When the leaves start to get crunchy underfoot, there’s nothing better than a nice rich smoke to help warm you up. But for many cigar smokers, smoking inside simply isn’t an option. So, what do you do when the weather takes a turn for the worse? Here are some top tips on how to survive the winter.
Which Cigar Should I Choose?
When the temperature starts to drop and there’s that ominous winter chill in the air, the last thing on our to-do list has got to be standing outside in the cold conditions for long periods of time. Unfortunately, with the restrictions on smoking indoors, and most of us having less room to smoke at home, it can be increasingly difficult to find a nice warm spot to smoke during the winter.
Some cigar lovers even choose to pack away their beloved smoking sets and hibernate their habit over the colder months; as if you’re venturing out into the cold you are likely to see more of your own breath than any cigar smoke! Picking a shorter cigar can be beneficial here, especially one that packs a flavour punch, like the Nub Cigars – so you’ll only be cutting down on time, not flavour.
Prepared for the Outdoors
If smoking indoors isn’t an option for you this winter, it’s time to think about layering up! Of course, your hands are one of the most important parts of the smoking process, so padding them up with gloves can be a tad problematic. Fingerless gloves can be the answer here, they keep the main body of your hands warm, but leave your fingers free to move as naturally as possible.
If you have a garden area, getting your hands on an outdoor heat source, such as a fire pit or a patio heater can also be very handy, especially if you’d prefer to sit back and relax outside with your cigar and not rush.
With the wind blowing, rain howling and even the chance of some snow; lighting up can sometimes be a bit of a struggle in the winter months. Keep your lighter close to your body, carried in the inner pocket of your jacket if possible, to ensure that it is kept warm.
One of the best cigar lighter options for colder climates are Zippo lighters. However, it is important to make sure that you choose one that will not be blown out every second, as this will be incredibly frustrating.
The best thing about the cold weather is that we are able to sit indoors with the heating or fire on full blast. Whilst it’s lovely to be all snug and cosy, the heating in your house can cause your cigars or cigar humidor to dry out. You need to make sure that you’re not storing your cigars next to your heaters – check your humidification systems more regularly than you normally would, at least once a week.