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  • Wooden Cigar Humidors and Spanish Cedar

    Posted on April 21, 2009 by SwissTGallery

    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.


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  • What is a Cigar Humidor?

    Posted on December 21, 2008 by SwissTGallery

    If you don’t smoke cigars regularly or are just getting into the habit, you may not know what a cigar humidor is. Basically, it’s a small box (or it can be a room, but only the biggest cigar collectors actually big a room-sized cigar humidor) that keeps a constant humidity and sometimes temperature. These boxes are used to keep cigars and pipe tobacco at a constant humidity so that they are fresh and keep their scent. Humidors, both box and room-sized ones, use a hygrometer to read the humidity level inside the box.

    There are several different types of small humidors. The first is a table humidor. It can usually hold up to between 300 and a thousand cigars. While a table humidor is very heavy, it is possible to use one as a portable humidor. Table humidors generally have a polished wooded exterior accented with marble or leather.

    A personal humidor is really what a casual cigar smoker would want. These humidors can only hold around 100 to 250 cigars. Since most casual smokers may not have that many cigars, a personal humidor can often be the only humidor needed since there will always be space in it for new cigars.

    If you travel a lot or have a very small cigar collection, you may want to purchase a travel humidor. Travel humidors can carry up to around 50 or so cigars. They’re lighter than both table and personal humidors so you can more easily take them with you wherever you go.

    All of these humidors keep the inside humidity between 65 and 75% relative humidity. The more cigars inside the humidor, the slower the humidity will drop.   


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