When you get introduced to cigar smoking, it is possible to get carried away by the thrill. Though you will at first be content with buying the cigars as you smoke, it will become impractical over time. You will need to step up the game and start storing them. This will require a humidor.
A humidor is a cigar storing device designed to help keep them at the right humidity and temperature. Though you can buy a ready-to-use humidor, it is also possible to make one. At this point, one might ask: “Why make a humidor when they are readily available in the market?” Here are some advantages of designing own humidor:
- It is a great way of cutting cost.
- You get more attachment to the humidor and your cigars.
- Crafting own device provides special satisfaction for cigar aficionados.
- You can avoid scammers by designing the humidor of the preferred quality.
Designing Your Own Humidor
To make own humidor, you need to have the right materials and tools. Here is the list of things that you must have:
- A plank of wood.
- An empty wooden box.
- Hinges for making the cover.
- Sandpaper and a handsaw.
- Wood glue.
- A hammer and a few small nails.
- A calibrated hygrometer.
- A lock.
- An overall.
To make the humidor, you need to follow the following process:
- Once you have assembled all the materials, put on the overall to protect your clothes.
- Measure the size of the wine box along the length, width, and base. Then, cut the plunks of cedar so that they will easily sink in.
- Then, smooth the cedar planks carefully to get an attractive and tight fit. Note that smoothing requires some patience.
- Glue the cedar planks on the wine box starting with the bottom piece to get a complete cube that is only missing the upper part. The upper section will act as the door.
- Using a small amount of glue, position the upper part so that it gives your box the shame of a complete cube. Then, position the hinges on one end and drive small nails to secure them.
- Nail the lock system. Note one section should be nailed on the upper part (the door) and the other on the lower section of the humidor. Ensure the door locks tightly to avoid air leaks.
- Using the wood glue, position the hygrometer on the inner section of the humidor’s door. Your humidor is now ready to use.
Then, apply a little force on the end without the hinges so that the upper part opens to give access to the entire box. (If you are using a box with a cover, this step might not be necessary).
The Final Take
If you are a cigar enthusiast, one of the most important things is a humidor. It helps to store your collections without damaging the flavor. If you feel confident about making your own humidor, the above steps are all that you need.
NOTE: Note that though the above seven-step procedure will get you a working humidor, it is advisable to season it before storing the cigars.