The Types and Uses of Humidor
In case that you are wondering what a humidor is, it is actually a controlled room or box used primarily for the purpose of storing pipe tobacco, cigarettes or cigars. As a matter of fact, tobacco products are quite sensitive that being exposed to too little or too much humidity is enough to change its quality. This is the why the main goal of every humidor built is to ensure that the moisture level inside is acceptable. At the same time, this is used to serve as protection to the contents it has from physical damage and deterioration from sunlight.
If for example that this is used for personal preferences, then expect it to have a number of small wooden boxes that hold several cigars while most of the dedicated cigar shops have walk-in humidor in their facility. Many of these humidors are using hygrometers to be able to keep track of the level of humidity inside the humidor.
The truth is, you can find 4 types of humidors and these are:
Number 1. Walk-in – if you go to bars or cigar stores, expect to find a walk-in humidor in their facility. What happens here is, the bar or the store has built a humidor in one part of their facility or has converted one room to become one.
Number 2. Cabinet – oftentimes, this is positioned on flooring as a furniture piece that can store to as much as 5000 cigars.
Number 3. Desktop – a common kind of humidor is this one. Normally, it is box sized with a lid on top or with a couple or more drawers that are varying in size from 25 to 500 cigar capacity.
Number 4. Travel – as the name suggests, these humidors are used for traveling and thus, capable of holding lower volume of cigars from 2 to 20.
As for commercially made humidor cases, these are most commonly made from woods. Materials like metal and acrylic glass can also be used for its construction while silicon carbide, polyethylene and carbon fiber on rarer occasions. Aside from its pleasing aesthetics, the goal of casing is to protect the interior and make the closed environment airtight and durable materials.
The interior is often a veneer of Spanish cedar which has a number of desirable and sought after characteristics for cigar storage. To give you an example, it can hold moisture than other wood materials to be able to maintain humidity, it is not susceptible to cupping or warping in high humidity and it infuses its own aroma to the cigar.
Humidors have to be seasoned either when it’s not in used for a while or when it is new. This is to keep its quality and ensure that it’ll do what it is supposed to.