My Humidor

March 25, 2010 · Posted in Featured, Humidors 

Back during those halcyon days when I first took up cigar smoking as a serious endeavor I did not put too much energy into figuring out how I was going to store my extra stogies. And, in truth, there wasn’t much of a need for an elaborate humidor since I didn’t keep many cigars on hand.

Pompeii Humidor Pompeii Humidor Opened

Inevitably, my stock of cigars grew. A few years ago I purchased my first honest-to-goodness humidor. It was a cheap thing though, something that is really only good for protecting remote controls from the basic instincts of the adolescent Labrador. Fortunately that is the only function I can find for that humidor nowadays.

After a couple of months trying to regulate the humidity level in a substandard humidor I decided to bite the bullet and buy a cigar humidor; not a remote control humidor or an extraneous junk humidor, but a cigar humidor.

Setting out on the task of purchasing my first big guy humidor I had a couple of needs to fill.

  1. Storage Space: It had to be be big enough to hold about 100 cigars. This is enough to get me through a month with a couple of sticks to spare.
  2. Aesthetics: Pleasing to the eyes but not garish. Ideally, the humidor would have an elegantly simple design to it.
  3. Dividers: This could be in the form of a tray or one of those pressure fitting dividers or, ideally, both.
  4. Safety: Mainly to keep the prying hands of my young cousins out of my humidor.

I also thought it would be nice (and look good) if the lid was partially made out of glass. This way I could peek into my humidor without having to open it and disrupt the climate.

During my search I happened upon a number of stylish humidors but there was just something wrong with each of them. The color may have been a little light, no glass top, no shelf, or, what was really a sticking point for me, those humidors were just too expensive. Then I happened upon a great looking humidor with a fair price: the Pompeii Humidor at Famous Smoke, which you can see on the left side of this post.

As you can see it is a beautiful cigar humidor. It has a hygrometer installed in the front, a lock (with a tassel no less!), a tray and a divider. Plus it holds up to 100 cigars. Personally, I put my important (read: expensive) cigars on the tray so that whenever I peer through the glass I get excited about smoking another cigar.

I have had this cigar humidor for a while now and I have no complaints. It’s perfect for where I am at in my cigar smoking career and it is also a pretty good conversation piece. Even when the situation necessitates the purchase of another, much larger, humidor I will always have a place for this one.

Well, there you have it. You now know which humidor I use how about telling us which humidor you use.

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13 Responses to “My Humidor”

  1. Luke - AspiringGent on March 25th, 2010 12:26 pm

    Very nice. I myself have the Salerno from Tampa Humidor, and have been super happy with it. Had to use a little silicone to fix some seals at one point, but it’s fashionable and functional, plus fits more than enough cigars for my needs.

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  3. Don Costanzo on March 25th, 2010 9:02 pm

    I have the same humidor. Had it since I started smoking cigars 2 years ago. excelent humidor, keps a staedy humidity level. Unfortunately , for my wallet, ^ also use two large cooleradors to hold another 800 smokes!

  4. Colt on March 26th, 2010 2:47 am

    Cute humidor. lol Don’t know if i’d trust your evaluation of a cigar though if this is how you treat the “ripe” cigars you buy. Like wine, it’s all about aging that determines the taste and since you evidently like the raw taste we have little in common…

  5. Gary OBrien on March 26th, 2010 6:32 am

    I might recommend checking out Cheap Humidors (http://www.cheaphumidors.com/) for some really nice humidors at very reasonable prices. I picked up a end-table sized unit with a great humidication system for <$500. One caveat to be aware of is that for this size unit, their recommended humification unit was woefully underpowered… I had to move up to a better Cigar Oasis unit. But the humidor itself is impeccable!

  6. Travis Lindsay on March 26th, 2010 9:16 am

    @Colt

    ;-) When I said I “have a few left over” I was being sarcastic. Obviously, you are right, cigars need to rest (they’re not like fine wine though – there’s only so much a cigar can rest before it stops getting better). For my reviews I do let them rest for at least a month. In fact, I have a number of cigars in my humidor that have been in there for much longer than that. I do, unfortunately, have to smoke some of my everyday sticks a few days after I get them – their flavors hurt because of it but it’s not like I’m reviewing them.

    @everyone else: Thank you for your great comments.

    @Don, I’ve used cooleradors in the past when my cigars began multiplying like rabbits! They work but there’s just something about them that makes me a little uneasy.

  7. Colt on March 29th, 2010 5:54 am

    My point being a cigar only gets better by using a humidor, never worse, a remedy for not-up-to-par purchases. Sure beats whatever you WERE using… :-)

  8. petersteel on April 1st, 2010 7:53 am

    Well very nice post on display humidors. I am using Display Humidors with a Glass Top. Each cigar humidor is made with rich high gloss Rosewood and it has a cedar interior. it’s really working very effectively.

  9. Amy on April 22nd, 2010 6:52 pm

    I might recommend checking out Cheap Humidors (http://www.cheaphumidors.com/) for some really nice humidors at very reasonable prices. I picked up a end-table sized unit with a great humidication system for <$500. One caveat to be aware of is that for this size unit, their recommended humification unit was woefully underpowered… I had to move up to a better Cigar Oasis unit. But the humidor itself is impeccable!

  10. Travis Lindsay on April 22nd, 2010 11:01 pm

    Amy,

    Thank you for the recommendation. A few months back I ran a competition on this site for Cheap Humidors. Very nice people over there.

  11. ElSalsero on November 21st, 2011 2:24 am

    A problem I see with this humidor is the tray. If you really use this tray I would expect very high humidity differences between the upper and the lower part. If there are cigars in the tray, there is nearly no way for humid air to circulate between the top and the bottem, so the air will be humid in the part where the humidifier is placed, and dry where it’s not.
    Therefore I’m using an Adorini Santiago Deluxe I bought from Humidordiscount.com (Adorini Humidor Santiago Deluxe). This one is top-notch! I’m totally satisfied and can 100% recommend it!

  12. Travis Lindsay on November 21st, 2011 2:40 am

    @ELSALSERO, I have had this humidor for about two years now and I can unequivocally say that this is a great humidor. There are slats in the tray that allows for the free movement of air. And since I use Boveda Humidipacks as my humidification system, both on the bottom portion and on the tray, there is no way for there to be different humidified zones in this humidor.

  13. ElSalsero on November 21st, 2011 4:34 am

    Thanks Travis, boveda packs in bottom and top sounds like a good solution. So you definitely won’t have problems with the humidity!
    Take care, El

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