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What exactly is a Cigar Humidor?
A humidor is a special type of box or room (or in our case a gigantic warehouse sized Humidor) with constant humidity that is used to store cigars and/ or pipe tobacco. For private use, small wooden or acrylic glass humidor boxes for a few dozen cigars are used, while cigar shops or true aficionados may have far more robust solutions that include a device called a Hygrometer that displays the moisture levels within the Humidor. The really robust ones not only include a Hygrometer, but also a humidifier to take action to correct it. Typically the rule of thumb is 70-70 . Which means about 70 degrees Fahrenheit with 70% humidity. This is a rule of thumb and is dependent on environment and the type of tobacco products being stored in the Humidor.
The basic idea is to regulate the amount of humidity as Cigars and Tobacco products are highly affected by the amount of Humidity in the air. If there is too much or too little humidity in the air it will severely affect the quality of the cigar.
Humidors come in a wide range of types, from the small handheld size to a robust commercial type. Cigar aficionados really do need these ‘devices’ in order to properly store their tobacco products. The last thing an individual wants is to see their valuable cigar ruined due to lack of humidity.
The better Humidors are both attractive and functional. The primary purpose of a quality Humidor is to keep the cigar(s) in a stable environment at the same time allowing for easy access.
Many individuals have multiple tasked Humidors. The larger ‘base’ Humidor would be for long term storage, whereas a smaller portable one would be for travel. Some segregate cigars into differing humidors base on flavor or type, others do so based on simple storage needs. The major factor being that all the cigars must be stored in a Humidor.
They sometimes are viewed as the only non-electronic gift that many individuals enjoy.