Everything About a Humidor
You might have heard of what a humidor is but is puzzled on what it does; basically, it’s a room or box that has controlled level of humidity to store pipe tobacco, cigarettes or cigars. Either too little or too much humidity is enough to affect the quality of tobacco products. For this reason, the primary objective of humidors are to keep a desirable moisture level in its interior. At the same time, this is used to serve as protection to the contents it has from physical damage and deterioration from sunlight.
If used privately, there are several small wooden boxes that are used to hold a handful of cigars while most cigar shops might even have a walk-in humidor in their facility. Normally, hygrometers are incorporated in these humidors to be able to monitor the level of humidity in the humidor.
As a matter of fact, there are four different types of humidors and these include:
Number 1. Walk-in – these walk-in humidors are very common in cigar stores or bars. Here, their room is either converted to be one or built specifically as a humidor to which they keep all their cigars.
Number 2. Cabinet – normally, it is placed on floor as piece of furniture which is capable of storing around 1000 to 5000 cigars.
Number 3. Desktop – this is a common type of humidor. Oftentimes, it’s boxed sized with lid on top or with several drawers that vary in size from
Number 4. Travel – as the name suggests, these humidors are used for traveling and thus, capable of holding lower volume of cigars from 2 to 20.
As for commercially made humidor cases, these are most commonly made from woods. Materials like metal and acrylic glass can also be used for its construction while silicon carbide, polyethylene and carbon fiber on rarer occasions. Not only that this is creating unparalleled aesthetics, the objective of the casing is to provide protection in the interior and produce a closed environment so by that durable and airtight materials may be used.
The interior is a veneer of Spanish cedar which has plenty of sought after characteristics for the cigar storage. As a quick example, this has the ability to hold moisture when compared to other wood materials to be able to maintain humidity, it is not prone to warping or cupping even in high humidity levels, it adds its own aroma to the cigar and a lot more.
Humidors have to be seasoned either when it’s not in used for a while or when it is new. This is to keep its quality and ensure that it’ll do what it is supposed to.