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. Either too little or too much humidity is enough to affect the quality of tobacco products. For this reason, the primary objective of humidors are to keep a desirable moisture level in its interior. 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.
As a matter of fact, there are four different types of humidors and these include:
Number 1. Walk-in – walk-in humidors are so common especially in bars or cigar stores. Here, their room is either converted to be one or built specifically as a humidor to which they keep all their cigars.
Number 2. Cabinet – this is placed typically on floor as a furniture piece that can store of as much as 5,000 pieces of 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 – these humidors have a compact design which is enough to store 20 cigars; after all, it is intended for traveling purposes.
As for commercially made humidor cases, these are most commonly made from woods. However, materials similar to metal and acrylic glass can be used in its construction while silicon carbide, polyethylene and carbon fiber are rare. In addition to its pleasing aesthetics, the purpose of casing is designed to protect the interior and make a closed environment so any airtight and durable material could be used.
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.
When the humidors are newly built or not used after sometime, it has to be seasoned. This is necessary to ensure that it can do its job.