Cigar Humidification

Can you make a humidor out of a factory-made cigar box?

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Q: I’m relatively new to enjoying cigars and right now I only have a small travel cigar humidor which holds five cigars. I’m thinking about building one of my own out of an old Spanish cedar box to hold more. Would a Rocky Patel cigar box be a good choice to make a humidor out of?
– Ben Hartman in Ames, IA

 

A: Yes, but if you’re going to use a factory-made cigar box, whether it be from Rocky Patel or any manufacturer, it should have some of the same qualities as traditional humidor.

  1. Only use an ALL WOODEN, Spanish cedar-lined box, preferably with thick walls for better insulation.
  2. Make sure it will comfortably hold the number of cigars and sizes (from Robustos to Churchills) you plan to fill it with
  3. Ensure that when it closes, it closes evenly and tightly.
  4. Check the hinges, and if applicable, the closing clasp. Make sure they’re not really cheap, because they will eventually break-off. The cheapo hinges are not screwed in. They’re held in by little teeth that will loosen and come out over time with use. If you’re handy, you might want to replace the hinges altogether.
  5. Make sure the box has enough headroom to place a crystal-type humidifier and a digital hygrometer under the inside of the lid without touching the cigars when closed. Make sure the humidifier is made to humidify the total number of cigars the box will hold.

If the box meets the requirements above, you should be fine.

Subscribe
Notify of
2 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Clint Franklin
5 years ago

I know it is an old post but what about using the boxes and using the wood to line another box for a humidor

Are old Cuban cigar boxes worth anything? - Snappy1
1 year ago
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor my weekend cigar review west tampa tobacco red - cover

My Weekend Cigar: West Tampa Tobacco Co. Red

Reading Time: 3 minutes West Tampa Red is the third regular production cigar from West Tampa Cigar Co. and Gary gives his evaluation of the Toro. Watch the video and read the text review to get the full story.

Read More
cigar advisor cigar 101 what is cuban seed tobacco? - cover

Cigar 101: What is Cuban Seed Tobacco?

Reading Time: 2 minutes This month’s Cigar 101 topic addresses the origins of Cuban Seed tobacco and if they make a blend taste like a Cuban cigar. Find out about the conditions that led many legends to leave their home and the conditions that led to Cuban Seed tobaccos evolving.

Read More
cigar advisor news – drew estate introduces innovative new acid kubariety 3 packs - release – cover

Cigar News: Drew Estate Introduces Innovative New Acid Kubariety 3-Packs

Acid KUBARIETY 3-packs give adult cigar smokers a chance to experience the full Drew Estate product line by offering 3 cigars for the price of two.
Read More
Longest Smoking Cigars Cigar Advisor Cover

10 Top Longest Slow Burning Smoking Cigars 

Reading Time: 8 minutes Got some time to kill? Let’s burn some BIGS: these long and large smokes will help you fill hours with big flavor. Plus 5 reasons why these long smoking cigars are in such demand; read the list now!

Read More