So you have taken up smoking as a hobby? Choosing and maintaining a Humidor to house your tobacco products is extremely important. Taking the time to properly set them up, maintain their humidity, and keep them in a safe place will yield many benefits. Here are a few of the major benefits you can expect to see with proper care.
First off, if you take care of the Humidor, you are saving yourself quite a bit of trouble with your cigars or pipe tobacco in the long run because they will stay fresh longer. When the humidity is right, the tobacco stays fresh and crisp. If you do not make sure the humidity is ideal, you are asking for your products to dry out. Checking the humidity regularly can save you loads of money just by keeping your tobacco products ready for you when you want them. Wikipedia has a great section that deals with how important the proper humidity and temperature are for your Humidor. It also has some interesting facts about typical construction and types of Humidors that you may find interesting.
Secondly, you will be preventing devastating mold. If the humidity is too high, mold may grow, and we all know that once something is exposed to mold spores it has to be replaced. Mold will always grow back and at an excellerated rate. This is especially important if you have invested in a high-quality Humidor because there is no coming back from a mold infestation.
Thirdly, you are preventing the possibility of tobacco beetles. These little beasts are tiny, but like mold, they can mean a death sentence for your beautiful new Humidor. They eat anything they can get their little feelers on and they are about the size of a pinhead. If given the chance, they will devour all of your tobacco products as well as the Humidor itself. If you catch the infestation quick enough, you can get rid of them by freezing everything in Ziplock bags, but that alone is causing you a great hassle. By keeping the humidity below 74%, you can prevent them from hatching and if you are truly passionate about your hobby, you will want to save yourself that headace.
Lastly, caring for your Humidor properly is important because it will do it’s job longer for you. Many are beautifully carved works of art and can last for many, many years if the proper steps are taken to ensure it. Thompson & Co. Cigars stresses taking steps toward “Long Term Maintenance” such as keeping your Humidor away from direct sunlight, dust, and direct interior lighting. They also suggest opening the lid as little as possible to keep the humidity even and rotating your cigars monthly.
Overall, if you have purchased a nice Humidor to keep your tobacco in, you will want to make maintenance a priority. Proper maintenance will not only save you time and money, but will also yeild these important benefits for your products.