Long-term storage in airtight cigar travel humidors

Q. With all the foam-lined travel humidors today, I have a question about the lack of air movement in these airtight cases. I have been using one for long term storage and am now concerned how long I should leave my more expensive cigars in for. Is it O.K. to use an air tight case for long term storage?
– Kevin B.

A. My first question would be, how are the cigars you’ve been storing in there now holding up? If the answer is, “good,” then I’d say it’s safe to store the pricy ones in there, too.

As far as the best solution for long term storage goes, you’d be better off with a traditional cedar-lined humidor so the cigars can age more naturally. If that’s not practical, then add a few cedar blocks to the case, but that means less room for your cigars.

As many cigar smokers, including myself, do with a standard wood-crafted cigar humidor, it’s good to let the box air-out by opening it up for about half an hour once a week. So again, as long as the cigars are fresh to your liking and are smoking fine, I don’t think you have all that much to worry about.

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