Cigar humidor overflow

Q. I have a 50 cigar humidor but I can fit a lot more than 50 cigars in it. What would be the possible downside of storing more than 50 cigars in the humidor for a short period of time, if there is one?
– Matt in Bethel, CT

A. First of all, it’s not unusual to be able to fit more cigars in your humidor than its advertised capacity. According to one cigar humidor manufacturer I spoke to, the capacity is generally determined by how many Churchill cigars (roughly 7″ x 50) will fit in the box. Therefore, if you have a mix of shapes & sizes, your cigar humidor will usually hold more stock.

Secondly, there is no real downside to “overstocking” your cigar humidor unless:
1. You find it hard to close the box.
2. The cigars are so close to your humidifier they’re blocking the moisture from getting through the box. (Morevoer, those cigars may also absorb more moisture, which will affect their performance.)
3. The cigars are so tightly packed they’re affecting proper air flow inside the humidor.

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