If you have recently started smoking cigars, you know that it is not as simple as it appears. In order to get the best possible cigar smoking experience, there are certain things you must keep in mind; the most important thing is investing in a cigar humidor that is suited for your needs. So what should you keep in mind when purchasing your own humidor box? We have compiled a list of important things for you to consider when buying one.
Getting to Know Your Humidor Needs
Before purchasing your humidor, do your research. Many people assume that transitioning from smoking cigarettes to cigars is a matter of switching from one form of nicotine to the other which is not true. What even is a cigar humidor? And do you smoke cigars regularly enough to invest in one? A humidity-controlled box that comes in various sizes and is used to store cigars to maintain the quality of the cigars, humidors are considered somewhat of an investment. The tobacco leaves in the cigars expand and contract according to the humidity level in the air, so to maintain cigar quality, humidors are used. Some shops even have walk-in humidor rooms to store their cigars in.
The most important thing to keep in mind when picking out your humidor is the size. In order to pick out the right size, you need to know what your cigar collection looks like. Do you plan on storing cigars commercially? If the answer is yes, then it is probably best for you to invest in a room humidor. If your collection is two dozen or more than a cabinet humidor and you are just starting out and have less than half a dozen, you can buy a box humidor. Buying the right size is important because if you get a humidor that is too small, you will have to cram your cigars, which might affect their flavor. If you get one that is too big, it will be difficult to control the humidity level in the humidor, and the cigars might absorb the extra humidity. It is always a good idea to invest in a humidor that is built to accommodate more cigars that are currently in your collection.
Types of Humidors
Another essential thing to keep in mind is the type of humidor that is best suited for you. A humidor can also be seen as part of your furniture, which is why when choosing a type, consider where you will be placing the humidor in your home and what type goes best with the setup you have already. There are mainly three types of humidors; wooden, metallic, and acrylic glass. You can go for acrylic glass or metal for a more modern theme, the same way these electric cigar humidors appeal to cigar aficionados, which provide a modern and sleek look. If you have a more traditional-looking theme, a wood humidor typically made from Spanish cedar or mahogany is the right choice. Whichever type you end up choosing, the main functions remain more or less the same if the models are similar.
Consider Portable or Travel Humidors
If you are someone that likes to travel and keep their cigar selection at hand, then it is probably wise to invest in a portable humidor. These are sometimes also called travel humidors that can withstand the elements to keep your cigars fresh. Aside from the obvious benefit of a portable humidor which is constant access to your collection, a portable humidor takes up less space and is more convenient. However, it may not function as well as a non-portable humidor cabinet or room and may not be as durable.
Tight Seals Are Everything
The last thing to consider while buying your humidor is its sealing capability. This is a feature that differentiates a good humidor from a bad one. If the humidor does not seal properly, its insulating capacity is severely diminished, and it serves no purpose other than being a glorified cooler that will ruin your cigars. A humidor with a good seal will typically be a little difficult to open and make a whoosh sound, one that is instantly recognized by experienced cigar collectors and humidor merchants.
Buying a humidor may seem like a daunting task at first, considering the technicalities of the product, but by following the list of considerations this article provides, the task is made relatively easier, especially for a novice. Humidors are an investment, and if you have made the right choice, it is an investment that will last you quite a long time indeed.