Why Buy A Cigar Cabinet?
A cigar cabinet is the ultimate storage solution for truly serious and passionate cigar collectors and professionals. An imposing cabinet makes a statement and acts as a centrepiece to your home.
If you own or are planning to own a large collection, a cigar cabinet may be the ideal choice for storing your cigars. After all, a proud cabinet in your house will be the ultimate expression of your passion.
However, if you have a modest or moderate collection, it may not necessarily be the type of storage best adapted to your needs.
For instance, a humidor needs to be at least a third full to really be effective. If you have a much smaller collection, consider checking out desktop humidors instead.
Cigar Cabinet Benefits
One of the greatest benefits of a cigar cabinet is that it showcases your collection with large and imposing storage. As they’re usually fitted with glass displays, you and others will be able to admire your precious sticks.
Similarly, you’ll be able to store all your cigars in one place. While there are some clear advantages to storing cigars in different containers, you may prefer to consolidate your collection.
Furthermore, some argue that cabinets are probably among the best for long-term storage and many are designed with ageing in mind. Given that they’re often made or lined with Spanish cedar, they create a pleasant environment for your cigars.
As such, most have partitions where you’ll be able to place entire boxes rather than having to empty them like a typical humidor.
Cigar Cabinets Drawbacks
Unfortunately, cigar cabinets aren’t perfect and they do come with some minor quirks.
Firstly, they’re notoriously difficult to manage. Being a very large storage space, it can often be challenging to maintain a stable humidity and suitable environment for your cigars.
Being so large, it can be difficult to use typical humidification devices alone and you’ll also have to depend on electronic devices. Not only is this an added running cost but it also means that your cabinet is power-dependant.
If there were to be a power cut, you may experience humidity issues quite quickly if you rely of electronic humidification.
This can link to another issue where you’ll effectively be placing all your proverbial eggs in one basket. If you run into any humidity or power issues, it may well affect your entire collection.
Meanwhile, storing them in different containers will require a little more work but you may run fewer risks.
Like wooden humidors, cabinets require regular maintenance and preparation for their first use. The seasoning process is very similar but on a much larger and more intense scale.
Needless to say, cabinets are very large. While that’s largely the point of owning one, sometimes their size and be cumbersome and something of a burden. Not all homes will have enough space for keeping one and they can be bulking if you need to move them.
Finally, not all cigar cabinets are made equally. Despite their high price tag, some can be made from low-quality materials. Cabinets also often feature glass fronts. As such, you may experience moisture exchange and leakage with the outside environment.
Cigar Cabinet Buying Advice
Cabinets aren’t the easiest type of and they’re something of a commitment. However, if you’re ready to take the next step into collecting, we’ve outlined some basic advice to help you find the right one.
If you need specific advice, consider reaching out to Your Elegant Bar who specialises in cigar storage. Its customer support will be able to provide tailored recommendations according to what would best suit your needs.
At such a budget, you should expect that the entire cabinet is properly lined with Spanish cedar as well as featuring shelving from the same wood. No other types of cedar are worthwhile substitutes as Spanish cedar offers unique properties for cigar storage.
Invest In Quality
Even a cheap cabinet is a heavy investment. Therefore, make sure that you’re investing in a reliable brand that offers all the features that you require.
Careful Of Glass Doors
If you can, inspect or enquire about how the glass is sealed into the cabinet. Poor seals on glass fronts is one of the leading causes for moisture exchange.
Invest In The Correct Humidifiers
Cabinets come rarely equipped with their own devices. Therefore, you’ll also have to include this in your budget. Larger cabinets will require a form of air circulation device to ensure that the moisture is properly distributed. However, you’ll also need humidifiers.
With regards to electronic devices, Oasis tend to manufacture reasonable quality that will set you back around $100 on Amazon.
With that being said, we place a lot of faith in Boveda’s 320g humidity packs, provide enough moisture for a cubic foot of storage. However, a typical cabinet offers about 10 cubic feet of storage so you’ll have to purchase at least 10 packs, which isn’t always practical.
Nevertheless, we believe that they’re far more reliable than electronic humidifiers so you’ll have to find the right balance between the two.
Check out our guide to the best cigar humidifiers to learn more!
Buy A Reliable Hygrometer
Finally, most cabinets don’t come with hygrometers. In order to be able to properly check the humidity levels inside a large cabinet, you’ll need several that are evenly spaced out.
Given that the humidity may not be consistent within the entire cabinet, this is a necessity. Furthermore, ensure that your hygrometers are reliable, digital models and not analogue. Don’t forget to calibrate them too! Otherwise, you may be working off inaccurate readings!
Furthermore, you can also consider smart sensors, which allow you to check humidity levels from your smartphone. Otherwise, take a look at our guide to the best hygrometers for storing cigars.
A Size That Corresponds To You Collection
Finally, don’t grab the smallest cabinet just because it’s affordable. Likewise, don’t plunge for the largest just because you think that size matters. Instead, choose a configuration that best suits your planned collection and your needs.
A cabinet that’s too small may result in packed cigars that will prevent proper moisture circulation. This can lead to humid and dry pockets in certain areas.
Meanwhile, one that’s too large may struggle to be properly humidified. Your cabinet size should be like choosing a fridge – pick one that’s the right size for your family’s needs!
Cigar Cabinet Preparation & Maintenance
As previously mentioned, cabinets require a lot of preparation and supervision to ensure that they function properly.
Seasoning A Cigar Cabinet