Cigar Humidification

Should you use the top tray in your cigar humidor?

Q. I opted not to use the top trays in my humidors. Even though the top tray has slits, if the tray is filled up with cigars I can’t see much humidity getting through, and in fact it seems as it would over humidify the cigars in the top tray. Is this reasoning correct?
– James G. in Cranberry Twp, PA

 

A. I think I pointed this out in my humidor set-up video. I usually opt-out of the top tray for the same reason; if the cigars are too close to the humidifier they will get more moisture. A small fan to circulate the air would help, or a gel jar of polyglycol crystals to add some extra moisture underneath, but they take up more space on the bottom. In the case of the glass top humidor I just bought, I’m using the top tray b/c the humidifier is on the bottom.

One other solution that a few fellow cigar smokers have told me is to mount the humidifier under the top tray. However, you have to watch your headroom for the cigars below.

Here again, you have a situation where what doesn’t work for you may work for someone else. Rather than simply chucking the top tray, you should try it for a while and see how the cigars hold up.

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, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. 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
nowsmoking dec 19 2018 Laranja Reserva Volta cigar review CACover

#nowsmoking: Laranja Reserva Volta

Laranja Reserva Volta: medium-bodied, offering a well-balanced and creamy smoke with notes of sweet spice, nutmeg, graham cracker, and orange zest. What else do you need to know about it? Click now and see…

Read More
travel humidor crash test CACover

CA Review: 2018 Travel Humidor Crash Test (Video)

The travel humidor - rugged, airtight, watertight, and built to last. But can they survive the stress test our Cigar Advisors devised? We put three of the top travel humidors to the Drop Zone test in 5, 15, and 30 count sizes; Does carnage ensue? Or will these cases pass the test? Watch NOW and see what happens!
Read More
aging room small batch quattro f55M cigar review CA Cover

My Weekend Cigar: Mar. 12, 2018 – Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55M Vibrato

Looking for a cigar that goes great after dinner, or pretty much after anything? It's the Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55M, and it's My Weekend Cigar. If you love cigars rolled in top-grade San Andrés maduro wrapper, this cigar delivers - see what else I have to say about My Weekend Cigar, in this short review!
Read More

Whatever Happened to the Smoking Jacket

As the title of this article asks: Whatever happened to the smoking jacket? According to CigarAdvisor.com contributor, Arthur Payson, it’s fallen out of favor because “we live in a less formal world.” The smoking jacket was basically designed to do one thing: protect the smoker from getting ash and odor on his clothes. Readers will learn the history and design of the jacket, while the author also proposes starting “a revolution to bring back this by-gone tradition.”

Read More