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N2Advnture 10-15-2008 11:22 AM

A Basic Humidor Buying Guide
 
Humidor Buying, Simple Guidelines

Buying a humidor is a serious step, so having the best knowledge possible is essential in choosing a humidor that not only fits your needs but doesn't break your bank.

The keys points in choosing a quality humidor:

1.) Size. This is tricky because most places list the size by "Cigar Count". The estimates on how many cigars the humidor they are selling varies greatly. IGNORE the "Cigar Count" and look at the actual dimensions. When comparing two humidors, multiply the L x W x H to get the cubic inches and then compare them. FYI- Typically, "cigar count" when referring to humidors, is based on a Corona size cigar, which is 42 x 5 5/8".

2.) Gauging quality is tough when viewing humidors online but there are a couple of things you can look for.

A.) The first thing to watch out for is using any wood other than Spanish Cedar for the inside lining. You'll be amazed at how many places don't!

B.) The second is the use of acrylic instead of glass for glass top models or screen printing a "wood inlay" instead actually using wood. If the manufacturer skimps on the glass or inlay, they probably skimped somewhere else as well.

C.) Joinery. The best quality humidors use dove tails or splines and are made of exotic woods. An affordable humidor should have at least mitered corners "butt joints" are no good and should be avoided.

D.) The pictures. Look closely at the pictures, you can often tell how "cheap" a humidor is if you look closely at the finish and hardware shown in the pics.

3.) Beware of inflated shipping! Humidors can be pricey to ship depending on the size but a humidor that costs $20 shouldn't have shipping cost of $35. An average desktop humidor (13"x10"x6") shouldn't run more than about $15 shipped within the US via Priority Mail. If someone won't openly list their shipping prices, keep looking. This particularly is important when buying off of Ebay.

4.) Check their return policy! Avoid "no returns if box is open" or "all sale are final".

5.) Also, go bigger! Everyone who gets into cigars eventually ends up buy a larger humidor down the road. You have done the research and are finally making a decision to buy a quality humidor, you might as well buy one that you can "grow into" instead of starting over a few months from now.

If in doubt, ask questions! And don't forget about the coolerdor! It's simply the most cost effective way to get started in the hobby!

It's a weird phenomenon that occurs with we cigar smokers. We will spend a fortune on cigars but when it comes to the two most important aspects of properly maintaining their collection (humidors & humidification, they suddenly turn thrifty. This is DEFINITELY not the time to sacrifice quality for a deal if you intend on storing cigars for any period of time, whether a month, months or years….don't cheap out on your humidor or it's humidification!

I hope this helps and happy smoking!

~Mark


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marge796 03-04-2009 12:33 PM

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I just designed my dream humidor and went way bigger than I need now but I wanted this to be the last one I would need for awhile. Having a gentlemen custom build it for me should have it mid-April can't wait. :dr

longknocker 11-06-2009 07:08 AM

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Any Recommendations For A Quality Humidor That Holds RH Very well, 200-300 Count for $300 or less? I Have 4 Humidors , None Of Which Hold RH Well at all.:( Is The Sure Seal Technology Found on Some humidors found in www.cheaphumidors.com A Good Quality? Thanks For Recommendations!:)

N2Advnture 11-06-2009 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by longknocker (Post 633825)
Any Recommendations For A Quality Humidor That Holds RH Very well, 200-300 Count for $300 or less? I Have 4 Humidors , None Of Which Hold RH Well at all.:( Is The Sure Seal Technology Found on Some humidors found in www.cheahumidors.com A Good Quality? Thanks For Recommendations!:)

The "Sure Seal" is in all Quality Importers humdiors :tu

In that price range & count requirement, I'd recommend this one:

http://www.cigarmony.com/thetreasuredome250count.aspx

But I'd also recommend reseasoning your humidors, replacing the batteries in your digital hygrometers and calibrating as well as upgrading your humidification to RH Beads if you haven't done so already.

I hope this helps

~Mark

htown 11-06-2009 07:16 AM

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Originally Posted by N2Advnture (Post 633831)
The "Sure Seal" is in all Quality Importers humdiors :tu

In that price range & count requirement, I'd recommend this one:

http://www.cigarmony.com/thetreasuredome250count.aspx

But I'd also recommend reseasoning your humidors, replacing the batteries in your digital hygrometers and calibrating as well as upgrading your humidification to RH Beads if you haven't done so already.

I hope this helps

~Mark

I have this humidor and love it. I got it on the devil site for $86.

longknocker 11-06-2009 07:56 AM

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Thanks, Mark & Mike!:tu

Zanaspus 11-06-2009 10:35 AM

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Heed guide #5. If you think you are buying a humidor ten sizes bigger than you'll ever need, you're only about 12 sizes too short. :ss

longknocker 11-11-2009 12:21 PM

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Oh, My Lord!!!! Just Received My Treasure Dome Today. That Thing Is Huge!!!! Beautiful, Well Made Humidor That Should Last Me A Lifetime! Thanks For All The Advice, All!:tu

Kreth 11-11-2009 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by longknocker (Post 640942)
Oh, My Lord!!!! Just Received My Treasure Dome Today. That Thing Is Huge!!!! Beautiful, Well Made Humidor That Should Last Me A Lifetime! Thanks For All The Advice, All!:tu

Can I quote this post when you make the inevitable "Looking To Upgrade" thread in, let's say 6 months? :r
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longknocker 11-11-2009 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Kreth (Post 640993)
Can I quote this post when you make the inevitable "Looking To Upgrade" thread in, let's say 6 months? :r
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:r This Is It For Me, Jeff! This Thing Is As Big As A Footlocker!:)

bigheadmark 11-11-2009 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by htown (Post 633835)
I have this humidor and love it. I got it on the devil site for $86.

? what's the devil site?

longknocker 11-11-2009 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by bigheadmark (Post 641451)
? what's the devil site?

www.cigarbid.com :tu Look Under "Merchandise". Looks Like The BID for The "Treasuredome" is going for $65 At The Moment.

bigheadmark 11-11-2009 06:55 PM

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Thanks!

longknocker 11-11-2009 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by bigheadmark (Post 641455)
Thanks!

You Will Soon Know Why They Call It "The Devil's Site", My Friend!:)

Humidor Minister 11-16-2009 01:51 PM

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Very good advice. :tu The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the cheap price is forgotten. :)

Pauly Walnuts 01-01-2010 11:24 AM

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i bought my first humidor the other day, i thought i would go with a 20 capacity, but everyone says buy more than what you think you will need so i got the 50 capacity with a glasstop because i know i would always be opening the lid to look inside haha, what do you guys think of this one as far as a beginner goes?
http://www.cigarsinternational.com/p...text=whitetail

NCRadioMan 01-01-2010 11:36 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pauly Walnuts (Post 702576)
i bought my first humidor the other day, i thought i would go with a 20 capacity, but everyone says buy more than what you think you will need so i got the 50 capacity with a glasstop because i know i would always be opening the lid to look inside haha, what do you guys think of this one as far as a beginner goes?
http://www.cigarsinternational.com/p...text=whitetail

That's a nice one. I notice you like Acids. Be sure not to store them and regular cigars together. If you like the Acids enough to buy alot of them, you will need to store them in a separate humidor.

Pauly Walnuts 01-01-2010 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by NCRadioMan (Post 702591)
That's a nice one. I notice you like Acids. Be sure not to store them and regular cigars together. If you like the Acids enough to buy alot of them, you will need to store them in a separate humidor.



Really.... I didnt know that, is it because their aroma is so intense that it will affect the taste of other cigars in the humidor? or something along those lines?

NCRadioMan 01-01-2010 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Pauly Walnuts (Post 702648)
Really.... I didnt know that, is it because their aroma is so intense that it will affect the taste of other cigars in the humidor? or something along those lines?

Yep. That goes for any flavored cigar too.

Pauly Walnuts 01-01-2010 12:21 PM

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Originally Posted by NCRadioMan (Post 702650)
Yep. That goes for any flavored cigar too.

Alright thanks for the info.


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