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.
- Only use an ALL WOODEN, Spanish cedar-lined box, preferably with thick walls for better insulation.
- Make sure it will comfortably hold the number of cigars and sizes (from Robustos to Churchills) you plan to fill it with
- Ensure that when it closes, it closes evenly and tightly.
- 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.
- 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.