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Humidors, Cigars and… Lazy Automation???

Thu, Mar 5, 2009

Fine Living, Home Life

Photo by Bethany L. King

Photo by Bethany L. King

Ok, I admit it… I love a good cigar. Wait, let me correct that. I love a great cigar.

Friends turned me on years ago to cigars and ever since then, I enjoy sitting back with a stoagie and a nice bottle of Port wine. The problem is, if you are going to buy a box of cigars, you need a place to store them. On top of that, you need to make sure that the environment is maintained at a steady level of humidity – if you don’t, you can kiss all those beautiful cigars good-bye. Trust me, there is nothing worse than ruining a cigar that you paid a nice sum of money for.

Wikipedia states that a humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity (and often temperature as well) used to store cigars or pipe tobacco.

If you want to begin getting into the hobby, I suggest you purchase a humidor. Thompson Cigar has a large selection and is very reasonable (http://www.thompsoncigar.com). You will also need to season the box and then maintain a proper level of humidity within the box. The problem is that maintaining that humidity can be a real pain in the neck, and you need to regularly perform checks to make sure it is not deviating. For that, I recommend Boveda (http://www.boveda-direct.com). Their packets keep your box fresh and you can set up an auto-ship method, so you never have to remember to replace them in your box. I have found some of my local shops to carry them as well. You will pay about 5 bucks a piece and each one is good for keeping up to 25 cigars at the proper humidity for about 2-3 months.

Lazy Automation – doesn’t get any easier than that.

What kinds of cigars do you enjoy?

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