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Choosing a Cigar Humidor

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What To Consider When Choosing A Cigar Humidor


  1. Collection Size
  2. Preparation
  3. Style
  4. Build
  5. Wood & Finish


1. Collection Size


Determine how many cigars you want to store:

  • Size of your cigar collection (both now and anticipating future growth)
    • Vigilant’s humidor lines have storage capacities ranging from 100 capacity Desktops to 2000 plus capacity Armoires or Display Cabinets.


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2. Preparation


Before deciding on a specific humidor you should:

  • Determine exactly where the humidor will be located.
  • If you are placing the humidor where the temperature will affect your humidity control, you may want to consider a cigar cabinet with temperature control.
  • You will also want to make sure that the cigar humidor or cabinet meshes with your style and home décor.
  • Decide if you will purchase a standard cabinet or need to design a custom cabinet, a built-in humidor or cigar lockers.
  • Based on your cigar collection, choose the interior components
    • Determine what will be stored loose
      • For loose cigars you will need interior components like bins with dividers, which work with Desktops, End Tables, and Display cabinets.
    • Determine what will be stored long term in boxes
      • For boxed cigars, choose interior components like shelves, which work with End Tables, Armoires, and Displays.


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3. Style


Humidors come in two styles. Based on personal preference and décor, choose between:

Traditional Cigar Humidor Contemporary Cigar Humidor

Traditional: This style of humidor has curved edges, brass hardware and a wooden base or legs. The classic look of old style crafted humidors.

Contemporary: The contemporary style has a square profile, contemporary styled legs and nickel hardware. Appealing trends in design and a focus on modern furniture making.


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4. Build


Vigilant offers four lines of cigar humidors, all varying in size, capacity and attributes:

End Table Humidors

Capacity: 480-1350
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple, Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebony
Humidification System: Standard Sentry Analog System. Optional upgrade to a Guardian Digital or a Climatech Temp and Humidity system.
Door and Top Option: Glass or Wood
Interior Components: Shelving or Drawer(Reliance series)
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


Armoire Cabinets

Capacity: 1000-2000
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple, Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebony
Humidification System: Standard Sentry Analog System. Optional upgrade to a Guardian Digital or a Climatech Temp and Humidity system.
Door Option: Glass or Wood
Interior Components: Shelving and optional drawer
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


Vaults

Capacity: 1000-2000
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple, Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebony
Humidification System: Standard Sentry analog humidity control. Optional upgrade to a Guardian Digital
Interior Components: Standard Shelves (5)
Interior Options: Bins and installed lighting


Display Cabinets

Capacity: 1000-2000
Standard Wood Species: Mahogany, Bamboo
Custom Wood Species: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo
Finish Options: Shaker Maple, Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebony
Humidification System: Standard Sentry Analog System. Optional upgrade to a Guardian Digital or a Climatech Temp and Humidity system.
Interior Components:Shelving
Interior Options: Bins and installed lighting
Styles Available: Traditional & Contemporary


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5. Wood & Finish


The wood and finish you choose for your humidor are what will ultimately provide its characteristics and give it its uniqueness profile:

Exterior Wood: Mahogany is the most widely used wood for the exterior of any humidor built by Vigilant.


  • It is resistant to decay, warping, mold, and mildew.
  • It is also grown in the same environment as tobacco and therefore has similarities.
  • Custom wood types include: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birds Eye Maple, Bamboo

Interior Wood: All humidors built by Vigilant are lined with Spanish Cedar and Mahogany.

  • Mahogany lines the cabinets.
  • Spanish cedar lines the drawers. Loose cigars stored in drawers should be next to Spanish cedar as the aroma marries with the tobacco to enhance the taste.

Finishes:

  • Standard finishes include: Shaker Maple, Chestnut, Cordovan, Ebonized Black
  • Custom finishes are available for a fee
  • The interior wood is left unfinished so it can absorb and hold the humidity to maintain homeostasis.


Mahogany
Mahogany
Cherry
Cherry
Walnut
Walnut
Oak
Oak
Red Oak
Red Oak
White Oak
White Oak
Maple
Maple
Birds Eye
Birds Eye
Pine
Pine

Cigar Humidor Finishes

Standard Finish Options

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