Benefits Of Small Humidors
If you need something for just a small collection, then a regular humidor might not be necessary. In fact, a humidor needs to be filled to at least 30% of its capacity in order to be effective.
If your humidor contains too few cigars, there’s nothing to absorb the circulating moisture, which may cause the humidity to spike. If this is the case for you, then a small humidor may be the most practical option.
However, it might not be a question of a small collection. For instance, we like to spread ours out in various storage solutions depending on their humidity requirements. Furthermore, we’re also fond of having the odd humidor here and there for easy access to cigars.
For instance, each member of the team has a small humidor on his desk for a relaxing stogie when unwinding after some particularly arduous content. In fact, it’s used to be quite common to have a small desktop humidor on one’s desk to share with clients and colleagues during or after meetings.
This logic also applies for the home and it can be quite convenient to have a few small humidors that are portable enough to move around your workplace or at home.
Finally, small humidors are often very easy to manage and are great for beginners to learning to understand the basics. Wooden ones are quite easy to prepare and you need only follow our guide on seasoning a humidor to learn how.
As for managing the humidity, the smaller environment is less likely to experience fluctuations provided that the seal is of good quality.
Small Humidor Drawbacks
As mentioned just above, small humidors are less likely to experience fluctuations as long as they have quality seals. However, “small” is often associated with “cheap”. Consequently, there are an affordable budget humidor may be made from inferior materials and feature a poor seal.
This makes it imperative to make sure that your purchase is well-researched beforehand. Similarly, small wooden humidors are prone to having very weak seals and may easily leak moisture due to their lightweight lids.
However, there are other solutions that aren’t made of wood that avoid this issue altogether. While tupperdors are a great DIY option, you may want something more presentable for the reasons mentioned above.
There are a lot of possibilities for this such as the Boveda acrylic humidor that we featured. While it may not be the cheapest, it offers a very reliable seal and is an attractive conversation piece for a desk.
For newcomers to owning cigars, it may be tempting to get a small humidor. However, if there’s any chance of your collection growing, we would recommend investing wisely.
Small humidors can get crowded very quickly. Therefore, think ahead and always buy just slightly bigger than you think you’ll need. You will want to avoid overfilling a humidor as it will prevent moisture from properly circulating throughout the contents.
Similarly, a cramped humidor is a good recipe for damaging your cigars by being crushed!
If you temporarily need a small humidor, we would always go for the Boveda humidor bag. This is a great stepping stone to a larger humidor as it requires zero maintenance.
What Humidifiers Do You Need For Small Humidors?
As long as it features an airtight seal, humidifying a humidor can be extremely simple. Yet, as small humidors can sometimes be quite inexpensive, they may be supplied with inferior hygrometers and humidity devices.
Nevertheless, we often discard what’s supplied with even premium humidors in favour of our preferred devices. Most cheap humidifiers only offer one-way humidity, which means that they continuously release moisture.
Even when the desired level has been reached, they will continue to diffuse it. They also need to be recharged regularly and they don’t diffuse the moisture evenly throughout the humidor.
While uneven distribution of moisture is unlikely to be an issue in small humidors, over-humidification can happen very quickly and easily.
For small humidors, we only use 60g Boveda Humidity Packs. Not only are they small enough for cramped humidors but they also offer two-way humidity control. This means that they absorb excess humidity as well as release it when levels drop again.
Given that small humidors will never have a capacity of over 50 cigars, you’ll never need more than two 60g packs. Simply use one for every 25-cigar capacity of a humidor and you’ll be good to go.