Those of us who live in the Snow Belt know that the arrival of Old Man Winter leads to changes in where we can enjoy a nice stick. Gone are the days of lighting up on the golf course or on a restaurant’s outdoor patio. Instead, we must seek other accommodation:
- Garages and porches. A garage or three-season porch will work in a pinch, if you plan ahead. Make sure the space is ventilated; prop doors with a 1″ opening so the smoke seeps out and doesn’t cure you more thoroughly than your Christmas ham. A simple oscillating fan, pointing outside, builds airflow. And if it’s really cold? A propane sunflower heater packs a huge wallop in a small space. These devices — which can be had from hardware superstores for $40 to $120 — screw to the top of a standard refillable propane tank and can heat a reasonably enclosed three-season porch from 30 F to 65 F in mere minutes. A single-ear sunflower on a standard propane tank will push out heat for 30 or 40 hours or more, so you could get weeks or months of heat on a single $20 refill.
- Smoke shops. Why freeze? Patronize your local tobacconist. In the cold-weather months, routine foot traffic slows down. Help keep your favorite smoke shop in business by buying product on-site and enjoying it in the lounge. Not only will you keep toasty, but you’ll meet new people and further indulge in the social aspects of cigar culture.
- Cigar rooms. Have an under-used room in your house? With a little bit of effort, you could convert it into a first-class man-cave smoking room. All you really need is furnishings that don’t trap smoke (leather instead of cloth furniture, hard floors and not carpet) and a decent exhaust fan to pull air outside. A window-mounted unit works wonders. (You could also try an indoor air purifier, but the nature and volume of cigar smoke usually overwhelms all but the most expensive models.)
Don’t let the falling temps curtail your enjoyment of premium cigars. Prepare now so that the worst of winter weather won’t interrupt your smoking bliss!