When it comes to making cigar humidors, three types of wood are generally used. The most popular is Spanish cedar, but American/Canadian red cedar or Honduran mahogany can also be used.
Spanish cedar is very popular in humidors for several reasons. Because of its special scent, Spanish cedar is not appealing to tobacco worms. This ensures that your cigars are well-protected. The wood also has a high rate of humidity absorption. This means that the climate inside the humidor will be very stable, and no mold will grow on the inside. Spanish cedar also helps the cigar’s age and helps preserve the flavor and scent of the cigars. Spanish cedar doesn’t actually come from Spain, as one would expect. Instead, it is grown in Center and South America, especially Brazil.
American or Canadian red cedar is another good choice for cigar humidors, although it does not absorb moister out of the air as well as Spanish cedar. It also has a more intense scent to it. However, red cedar is less expensive than Spanish cedar, allowing manufacturers to create more affordable cigar humidors. True cigar aficionados, however, will not want to use red cedar for humidors if they plan on storing cigars for long periods of time because the cigars will pick up the wood’s strong flavor.
Finally, Honduran mahogany is another popular wood. It absorbs moister as well as Spanish cedar does, and it has less of an odor than either Spanish or American/Canadian cedar. However, it does not repel worms as well and does not flavor the cigars as well as Spanish cedar does.