When it comes to purchasing a cigar humidor, most of your selections will be out of wood. You’ll find that there are a variety of different woods out there for you to choose from, but the best wooden cigar humidors, according to many collectors, are those made from Spanish cedar. There are several reasons Spanish cedar is the wood of choice of humidors.
First, this wood, especially the Spanish cedar grown in North America, is known for its very distinctive and unique fragrance. In fact, this fragrance makes Spanish Cedar a popular wood for many other projects and items, not just humidors. It’s interesting to note, however, that Spanish cedar isn’t actually a cedar tree at all—it’s a deciduous tree, but the oil found within the tree has a very “cedary” smell.
Spanish cedar not only smells great but it looks great. While the wood will vary in color depending on the soil conditions it was grown it, it generally has red or pink colored heartwood that slowly darkens when exposed. This eventually results in reddish brown or purple tone that looks gorgeous when oiled and stained. When used for a wooden cigar humidor, make certain the Spanish cedar is of the non-weepy variety. If not, you may find that the wood is very high in sap, which can cause some issues as wooden cigar humidors are heated. However, even if you do purchase a wooden cigar humidor that only includes non-weepy Spanish cedar, you may still notice some leaky sap. This is normal and should be cleaned up right away. It is possible to remove all sap from the wood, but experts agree that this sap is part of what makes Spanish cedar wooden cigar humidors have such a great smell and flavor.