The only proper place to store cigars is in the humidor. It can be a wooden box, a cabinet or even a room (walk-in humidor) that will provide the conditions necessary for the proper storage of cigars:
- adequate humidity – between 65-70%
- appropriate temperature – between 16-20oC
- controlled fresh air supply
Remember that a cigar is a plant-derived product and is extremely sensitive to any sudden changes in the environment.
A humidifier equipped with a hygrometer and humidifier will give you control over the conditions inside. Humidrometers are divided into traditional analogue and digital electronic ones (usually in combination with a thermometer). Traditional ones are nicer, but electronic ones are more practical and probably more accurate.
Like any other device, the hygrometer should also be calibrated. To do this you can use a small cup of kitchen salt, which should be moistened with a small amount (a teaspoon) of demineralised water (only one used for humidifying) and placed together with the hygrometer (so that it does not come into direct contact with salt) in a plastic bag or container for about 7 hours. After this time, the hygrometer should indicate 75% humidity. If this is not the case, you can adjust it or remember to correct its indications.
We use mainly demineralised water for the humidifier. Ready-made solutions of propylene glycol with water are also available, which ensure proper humidity in the humidor. A solution of 50% of these two components protects cigars from mould, fungus and pests while maintaining 70% humidity. Distilled water can also be mixed (25%) with spirit, which also prevents the growth of fungi and mould. Another moisturizing element used is polymer crystals contained in the moisturizer. Our offer includes foam and polymeric humidifiers. Check our offer
It is definitely not recommended to keep cigars in the fridge – as the experts from gerber-humidors.com point out. Contrary to popular belief, the air in the fridge is dry and often contains smells that will not favorably affect the taste of cigars. In addition, the low temperature in the fridge is not conducive to the maturation of cigars. This device is useful only in one moment – when you need to save cigars after being attacked by pests.
Manufacture of humidors
Humidors are usually produced using cedar wood (Spanish cedar), the intense aroma of which emphasises the qualities of cigars as they mature. It is important not to keep flavoured cigars and regular cigars together, as this can result in a completely unintended mixture of flavours. As a curiosity, you can give examples of various experiments raising and changing the taste of cigars.
In addition to the Spanish cedar, the Canadian cedar is also used to make humidors (some people say it is more aromatic and better at handling worms and humidity). It is more commonly used in the production of humidors for cupboards. You can also find humidors made of Honduran mahogany and other exotic trees (rosewood, padauk, babinga, bocobolo), which have their own characteristic smell. Wax walnut (black), cherry and maple are also used.