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Humidor Components

Calling a good humidor just a box is like calling a cigar a pile of leaves. A well-maintained humidor will enhance your cigar experience, while a shoddily crafted and poorly maintained box is nothing more than "death row" for your cigars. You're probably wondering, "How do I determine what makes a good humidor?" Well, you're in luck because we've compiled all of the essential components of a humidor right here for your reference!

Humidor Construction and Durability

A humidor should always be measured against its ability to provide constant humidity to its contents over a long period of time. And remember, this does not only mean how often you add water to the humidification system; it also means that 20 years from now the box lid hasn't warped, and the hinges still open easily and quietly. Look for perfectly squared and fitted seams. You shouldn't see any glue or signs of construction, and a gap in any joint spells trouble: it provides an exit for moisture, and eventually warping will result.

Type of Wood

Cedar is the best wood for the inside of a humidor, because of its ability to enhance the aging process (allowing the various tobaccos in a cigar the chance to "marry" so that the cigar is not composed of distinct pieces of tobacco, but of subtle nuances of taste). The wood inside a humidor should be unvarnished, otherwise your cigars might very well taste like linseed oil. The lid should be solid and balanced with the weight of the rest of the box. A humidor lid should not be airtight, to allow the necessary circulation of air. Musty smells destroy cigars. Don't forget about humidity: most humidifiers rely on some variety of sponge or chemical compound. Whatever the medium, remember that prime cigar aging demands constant humidity levels.

Other Practical Features

  • Tray - Provides the option of storing cigars at more than one level, so that they are exposed to varying degrees of humidity (always place dry cigars on the bottom of the box first, where they will regain humidity slowly, then move them to the top shelf).
  • Dividers - Organize your collection further with dividers, usually Spanish cedar. 
  • Hygrometer - While fancy looking, analog hygrometers are seldom accurate even in the most expensive desktop models. Opt for a digital hygrometer for a more accurate measurement.
  • Humidification Element - Some humidors come equipped with a built-in humidification element for convenience.
  • Lock and Key - Protect your stash with a lock and key. Not found on all humidors, but a nice extra feature!

Want to learn more about humidors? Check out our articles on storing cigars for beginners and seasoning a humidor!

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Calling a good humidor just a box is like calling a cigar a pile of leaves. A well-maintained humidor will enhance your cigar experience, while a shoddily crafted and poorly maintained box is nothing more than "death row" for your cigars. You're probably wondering, "How do I determine what makes a good humidor?" Well, you're in luck because we've compiled all of the essential components of a humidor right here for your reference!

Humidor Construction and Durability

A humidor should always be measured against its ability to provide constant humidity to its contents over a long period of time. And remember, this does not only mean how often you add water to the humidification system; it also means that 20 years from now the box lid hasn't warped, and the hinges still open easily and quietly. Look for perfectly squared and fitted seams. You shouldn't see any glue or signs of construction, and a gap in any joint spells trouble: it provides an exit for moisture, and eventually warping will result.

Type of Wood

Cedar is the best wood for the inside of a humidor, because of its ability to enhance the aging process (allowing the various tobaccos in a cigar the chance to "marry" so that the cigar is not composed of distinct pieces of tobacco, but of subtle nuances of taste). The wood inside a humidor should be unvarnished, otherwise your cigars might very well taste like linseed oil. The lid should be solid and balanced with the weight of the rest of the box. A humidor lid should not be airtight, to allow the necessary circulation of air. Musty smells destroy cigars. Don't forget about humidity: most humidifiers rely on some variety of sponge or chemical compound. Whatever the medium, remember that prime cigar aging demands constant humidity levels.

Other Practical Features

  • Tray - Provides the option of storing cigars at more than one level, so that they are exposed to varying degrees of humidity (always place dry cigars on the bottom of the box first, where they will regain humidity slowly, then move them to the top shelf).
  • Dividers - Organize your collection further with dividers, usually Spanish cedar. 
  • Hygrometer - While fancy looking, analog hygrometers are seldom accurate even in the most expensive desktop models. Opt for a digital hygrometer for a more accurate measurement.
  • Humidification Element - Some humidors come equipped with a built-in humidification element for convenience.
  • Lock and Key - Protect your stash with a lock and key. Not found on all humidors, but a nice extra feature!

Want to learn more about humidors? Check out our articles on storing cigars for beginners and seasoning a humidor!

Drew Estate Nica Rustica Adobe Cigars