Why do you need a humidor?
Classifications of Humidors
There are several different types of humidors, classified according to capacity and purpose. The type of humidor you should buy depends on your needs. We’ll discuss size and capacity later on in the article.
Room / walk-in humidors.
You would only need a room humidor if you were operating a shop, were a cigar supplier or distributor, or if you were a major collector. This is literally a room which has been converted into a humidor.
Cabinet and table humidors.
These are high capacity humidors which can hold thousands of cigars. Cabinet humidors are pieces of furniture in their own right, while table humidors are more portable, but rarely moved since they likewise are generally huge and heavy. You probably do not need or want either of these types of humidors as a beginner, but you may want one later on.
Personal and portable humidors.
These are both humidor types which may interest you. A personal humidor is the first humidor you will likely buy, and will allow you to hold a few dozen cigars. These containers are small, relatively lightweight, and movable. Portable humidors are miniature versions which allow you to carry up to around a dozen cigars. They’re great when you’re traveling.
How large should your humidor be?
How many cigars do you actually have, and how many do you expect to accumulate in the near future? A single box of cigars generally holds around 25 cigars. Count up your boxes and multiply by 25 to estimate how many cigars you actually own, and then decide on a type of humidor based on that number. Most new smokers will buy a personal humidor to start with. Check the dimensions for any unit you are looking at, and as a rule, buy slightly more space than you believe is necessary. Odds are you will underestimate the number of cigars you are likely to accumulate. Many cigar smokers are surprised how swiftly their collections grow!
Common humidor design and materials
It’s easier than ever to find a great humidifier for any cigar humidor you’re using. They all come with their own sets of pros and cons, but I think after reading this buying guide you’ll know which one is right for you.
The Original Oshkosh Premier Humidifier
- Humidifies For Months Without Refilling (20 Times Longer Than Other Humidifiers)
- No Wetting Lid Humidifiers Every Week
- No Batteries Required
- No Worries About Dripping Water On Your Cigars
- No Chemicals Required
- Made In Oshkosh, WI USA
Pro Tip: If you bought a humidor and it came with one of those small black “puck” humidifiers make sure you throw it in the garbage. These are extremely prone to creating mold and that’s a road you don’t ever want to go down.
Boveda packs use a patented 2-way humidity control technology that adds and removes moisture as needed to keep your cigars at the perfect humidity.
Beads are great because they can humidify big humidors and they’re rechargeable so they can last forever. These are ideal for large cooler humidors and cigar fridges.
Electronic humidifiers are typically used for the large humidors that hold anywhere between 200 and 10,000 cigars.
A hygrometer is the device that tells you what humidity level your humidor is sitting at. Without one you’re taking the huge risk of flying blind. Think of a hygrometer as an insurance policy on your cigar investment.
A digital hygrometer is the only way to truly know what the current humidity is of your humidor. Most of them will also show you the current temperature.
But even digital hygrometers are inaccurate when you first purchase them. That’s why they need to be calibrated before using. Your hygrometer should be recalibrated once every 6 months for maximum safety.
Analog hygrometers are nothing more than decorative accent for your humidor. They are wildly inaccurate regardless of calibration and they shouldn’t be trusted under any circumstances.
Proper humidor humidity level and temperature
Seasoning your cigar humidor
If you have a humidor that has wood on the inside, you need to season it first before adding cigars to it! There are no exceptions to this. Since this is an entire different subject in itself I recommend you watch this video to learn about how and why to season your humidor: