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Written by James Payne

Monday, 13 July 2009

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Hi and welcome to the Puff Guide to Humidors. In this article I will walk you through the steps to purchase a good, quality humidor. We will cover such topics as the different types of humidors, how they are constructed, and the different types of woods to consider. There is a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.

Why Do I Need a Humidor?

Cigars are very adaptable to their environment – for better or worse. If you leave a cigar in a moist area, the cigar will absorb that moisture. If you leave it in a dry area, the cigar will dry out. Wherever you store you cigar, it will moisten or dry until it is equal to the atmosphere around it.

There are good and bad points to that of course (we demonstrated the bad points above). The good points are that you can control that environment, and therefore ensure your cigar has just the right balance of moisture and ages in an appropriate manner. This is where a humidor comes into play.

A humidor, as a simple definition, is a box or room whose humidity remains constant, and which you use to store tobacco products. Humidors allow your cigar to breathe properly, marry its flavor with other cigars in the box, protect them from beetles and fungus, and help age them, as well as provide a safe storage area. All of this is achieved by keeping both the humidity and temperature at a certain range, which we will cover shortly.

Different Types of Humidors

Humidors range greatly in size and construct. They could be a simple wooden box that holds a dozen cigars, or a giant walk-in closet, holding an entire collection. In general, there are four types of humidors, each with its own function:

Personal Humidor: A personal humidor is used to store a small collection of cigars, whether they be for your own pleasure or for a special occasion. Similar to a wine cooler. Maybe you know that you are having a party in a month, and want to stash some extra cigars until then; a personal humidor is a great way to do so.

Personal humidors are also nice to look at, and make for good decorative pieces. A typical personal humidor can hold between 25 and 100 cigars.

Room-Size Humidor: Mostly you will find room-sized humidors in cigar shops, or maybe at a cigar club or bar. Their purpose is to store huge amounts of cigars. Unless you are rich and can spend a fortune on cigars, or fear the end is near and are squirreling away thousands and thousands of cigars, you probably won’t be finding yourself owning one of these anytime soon.

Table-top Humidors: These humidors are usually confined to one place, and are great as decorative pieces as well as storage devices. They hold cigars in the range of a few hundred to a few thousand.

Travel Humidors: As the name suggests, these humidors are made for traveling. Ideal for a day trip, or to take to a party or occasion. You can expect one to hold between 10 and 50 cigars.






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0 # humidor constructionwjb59 2010-03-04 22:58
Humidors are also made with MDF fiberboard its made useing phormaldihide

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