Storing cigars in their factory boxes without a humidor

Q. Is it okay to keepcigars in their box, with the cello still on the box, for a period of time if I don’t have room in my humidor? A friend got me some cigars for my upcoming birthday and didn’t know that my humidor was toofull to handle them.
– Tony L.

A. Factory boxed cigars, as long as they remained sealed in their cello overwrap and the conditions are favorable, can keep well up to about a month. I would suggest keeping them in a cool, dark space, like a basement, which may also be a little damp, and will help keep the humidity up.

There are also several low-cost humidifying accessories you can buy to keep an opened factory box fresh until you have room to move them into your main humidor.

You might want to purchase a Dry Mistat stick, or Humideze cups (or sticks) and place them in the box. Another excellent product is the Bóveda® 69% packet. Bóveda is the company that makes the humdity packets found in boxes of Arturo Fuente cigars (you may recognize the blue water droplet symbol.) It will assure the humidity level is right for at least one month. Just make sure that when you close the box it’s closed tight, like your humidor would be. Speaking of which, these products work very well at maintaining humidity levels in your humidor, too.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for 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.

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