Cigars are interesting and temperamental. They like their
surroundings to be temperature-controlled and the moisture levels perfectly
balanced. A box of good cigars can be very expensive, so it only makes sense
that you would want to keep your favorite brand of cigars as long as possible.
The shelf life for cigars is typically 2 weeks. However, by
keeping a regulated temperature and humidity level, your high-quality cigars
will stay as fresh as the day they were purchased. That’s where a good quality
cigar humidor can make all the difference.
What is a Cigar Humidor?
A humidor is a box-like machine that has several components that
are designed to keep cigars fresh. They are available in different sizes. Some
humidors are small containers, often with a glass top so you can display the
cigars inside even while keeping them fresh. Others are the size of a
mini-refrigerator. Specialty cigar shops may also offer a walk-in humidor where
cigar stock is stored and protected.
No matter what size the humidor may be, the components consist
A humidifier provides moisture to the enclosed space to avoid
the tobacco from drying out. This is similar to a humidifier that you may use
in your home during the winter months to avoid dry air. Without controlled
humidity, cigars can quickly dry up in heat and lose their aroma and incredible
flavor. On the flip side, cigars that are exposed to too much moisture can mold
A hygrometer is a meter that displays the humidity reading. They
are normally wired to the humidifier so that you will have an accurate reading.
Some hygrometers are digital while others are in analog form. The ideal
humidity level is 70%.
A thermostat can be either a simple manual thermometer or a more
elaborate model that is wired into the other controls. The thermostat is very
important in maintaining the correct temperature. The approximate temperature
setting for cigars is 60 degrees to 70 degrees F. If the temperature goes above
72 degrees, it can turn into a breeding ground for tobacco beetles. These pesky
little insects love damp and warm weather.
Cedar casing is mentioned because cedar repels insects and
prevents decay. Spanish cedar has been a long-standing choice for quality
confinement of cigars. Cedar is also a favorite of many for delivering a
magnificent scent and flavor to unwrapped cigars. All cedar must go through a
seasoning process before using as a humidor compartment. This helps to
stabilize the moisture in the compartment before adding the cigars.
Types of Humidors
Humidors may seem complex in design, but they are really quite
simple in form. They have few parts and a compartment for storing cigars.
Wooden humidors, preferably cedar, are the most popular model.
However, humidors are available in glass and acrylic glass. Some users complain
that glass and acrylic can affect cigar flavors and aromas, but it’s really a
matter of personal preference.
There are many types of humidors coming on the market today to
keep up with the lifestyle of avid cigar smokers. Travel humidors are becoming
a novelty for those that enjoy a cigar in the car, on the golf course or to
pack in a suitcase. Our Montero 1939 Humidor
Book is an excellent example of a travel humidor, and comes with 5
We offer a variety of beautiful, high quality humidors that
offer stylish storage for your treasured cigar collection. We also offer
humidor crystals, water pouches and other humidor accessories -- everything you
need to keep cigars fresh. Shop with us today!