The essence of using a humidor is to protect the cigars. And of course, you will need to have a controlled environment within the humidor to ensure that the cigars are properly stored. That’s a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of about 70%. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. To ensure that you have the right temperature and humidity at all times, you will need a hygrometer and the right type of wood.
So, Which Is The Best Wood to Choose?
I’m sure you’ve been searching for the best wood for a humidor. If this is not your first rodeo, then chances are that you’ve come across the word Spanish cedar. It’s actually the most widely used wood for a humidor and it’s popular because it’s the best choice.
Contrary to what people actually think when they see the word Spanish cedar, the wood is imported from Brazil and parts of Central and South America. So, what is all the fuss about Spanish cedar?
Why is Spanish Cedar The Top Choice in The Best Wood For a Humidor?
There are several reasons why most manufacturers prefer using Spanish cedar: the wood is able to withstand high humidity without compromising its integrity. It also works well when the temperatures are regulated.
On top of that, Spanish cedar is also a good choice when you want to protect your cigars from tobacco beetles. It has a very strong scent that deters tobacco beetles, hence preventing damage.
More importantly, Spanish cedar gives off a pleasant scent that helps to improve the aroma of your cigars. It also helps preserve the natural smell of cigars and maintain their quality over time.
But for you to enjoy all these perks, you might have to dig deep into your pocket. The Spanish cedar is pricey and for good reason. So, don’t expect that you will get a budget humidor that is made out of Spanish cedar. Regardless, there are also other alternatives that you could go for.
Alternatives to Spanish Cedar
American Red Cedar: As much as this type of wood might not do a better job than the Spanish cedar, it’s still a good alternative to it. It’s incredibly good at fending off tobacco beetles due to its scent. However, it does give your cigar a woody type of smell which most people do not like. All the same, it’s a cheaper alternative.
Honduran Mahogany: Mahogany is a good choice when it comes to maintaining the temperature and humidity of your humidor. It also doesn’t give your cigars a woody smell. However, it might not fight off tobacco beetles effectively.
Bottom Humidor Line…
Most of the modern humidors will likely be constructed with different types of wood. That means you will need to observe the type of humidor you decide to buy. These woods include walnut, oak, mahogany, and of course, cedar. Without a doubt, cedar is by far the best type of wood for the humidor. It can also last a while when properly maintained. But it comes at a price. Spanish cedar is quite expensive.
No matter which wood choice you go for, just make sure it can easily maintain the quality of your cigars in the humidor. It’s the only way you can be sure on enjoying the freshness and quality of your cigars in the long run.
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Jeremy is the editor of the Cigar Lounge Blog. An avid Cigar lover, he is passionate about the industry. Jeremy’s claim to fame is his collection of Cigars from 15 different countries. Jeremy own’s an Adorini Cabinet Humidor.