A humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity (and often temperature as well) used to store cigars or pipe tobacco. For private use, small wooden or acrylic glass humidor boxes for a few dozen cigars are used, while cigar shops may have walk-in humidors, sometimes covering a whole floor. Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels.
Usually quite heavy and though portable in theory, is usually kept static in one location. Usually can hold 300 to a few thousand cigars. Usually comes in polished wood exterior or marble or leather or combination of exotic elements.
This is usually common in cigar bars or stores. One room is usually converted to a Humidor where all the cigars are stored.
Usually portable and ideal for carrying cigars enough for the outing or event. Usual counts supported are 10 to 40 cigars.
Casual cigar smokers will sometimes keep a small humidor in their homes for special events, or for the look and feel. They are similar to travel humidors, though they can contain up to 75 (sometimes even more) cigars. However, the average casual smoker will have a humidor that contains about 30 cigars.
Humidor cases are typically made of woodboard with an interior veneer of Spanish-cedar wood or mahogany.
Spanish-cedar is the most frequently used wood for the interior veneer of humidors. It possesses the following desirable characteristics for cigar storage:
Each humidor has to be seasoned after being bought or having been dry for a while. This is done by taking a moist cloth and wiping down the interior to remove any dust. A small container of water is then placed inside the humidor and left for around 12 hours with the lid closed. If the water is gone or mostly gone, then this is repeated for another 24 hours. When the liquid in the container stops evaporating, cigars can be placed in it. The humidifying element or "sponge" keeps the wood moist, which in turn keeps the cigars moist. As well, the use of distilled water is recommended for its lack of minerals, additives, or bacteria.
Sometimes, bacteria and mold can begin to build up within the humidor. Unfortunately, mold can ruin an entire case of cigars and any cigar with mold on it should be removed immediately. Some companies offer solutions that help keep the humidity of the humidor constant, as well as prevent mold.
Keeping it fresh: today's humidors and humidification systems offer both retailers and end consumers a multitude of options to keep their investments going strong.(CATEGORY UPDATE)
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