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A humidor is any kind or room or specially built box that has constant humidity for storing items in. Such items can include cigars or actually any product that requires a certain level of humidity to remain in its best condition. All humidors will employ a hygrometer to keep track of any humidity level within it.

Types of Humidors

Walk in Humidor - These are most commonly found in stores where products need to be kept at a constant humidity level. Something like cigars immediately come to mind.

Cabinet Humidor - These can be incorporated in to the home as a piece of furniture and enhance the look of a room as well as providing a very useful service.

Table Humidor - A very heavy form of the humidor and usually static. Can be made from such materials as wood, marble or leather and have glass tops.

Personal Humidor - These are usually on a small scale for storing personl items on an office desk or such.

Travel Humidor - Small and portable for those of you on the move all the time.


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This is a very fine example of a cigar humidor. It can be placed anywhere in the home and instantly add a little splendour. As well as its looks this humidor offers excellent working service. As with most humidors of this categorization it has a lock and key for security and employs the use of 2 humidifiers and an external hygrometer so you can easily monitor everything.

Construction Of A Humidor

Humidor cases are usually made out of wood. Other materials suchs as metal and acylic glass can and have been used. The casing though is pretty much there just to protect the interior of the humidor nad create an enclosed environment to store materials in.

Most humidors will have an interior of Spanish cedar veneer or mahogany veneer. By far the most used wood veneer is that of Spanish veneer because:

It holds more moisture than the majority of woods. This helps to maintain humidity.

In the case of cigar storage the Spanish cedar imparts its aroma to the cigars.

Tobacco beetles are a huge problem but Spanish cedar can repel them.

Spanish cedar will not suffer from warping or cupping in a high humidity situation.




How The Humidor Works


All humidors have a built in humidifying system to keep the air inside it moist.

The majority of humidifying elements are passive. They release stored humidity by evaporation and diffusion. An even mixture of distilled water and propylene glycol is the recommended method of replenishing a passive humidifying element.

Distilled water can also be used on its own because it is neutral and has a lack of minerals and bacteria in it.

Electronic humidifiers are also available for large humidors. The humidifier measures the outside humidity and then activates a ventilator which blows new air over the humid sponge in to the humidor. When the correct humidity level is reached the ventilator will automatically switch off.