Random questions frequently asked by novice smokers and aspiring cigar connoisseurs
I just got my first humidor for my home - where's the best place for me to keep it?
The best location in your home for your humidor is a room that is dry and temperature-controlled. The humidor requires the most stable environment possible for optimal performance.
Although the purpose of the humidor is to maintain the proper humidity level for the longevity of your fine cigars, you would want to keep the humidor out of damp and drafty areas. Finished basements are fine, as they are typically cooler than the rest of the house; however, unfinished basements may be the best environment due to increased moisture in the air.
There is a standard "70/70" rule that applies to proper humidor maintenance - 70 degrees, 70% relative humidity. In reality, your humidor will be fine in a room maintained in the range of 65-75 degrees throughout the year. You should keep the humidor away from direct sunlight, direct interior lights, or heating/air conditioning ducts which may cause fluctuations in, and instability of, the temperature and humidity levels within the humidor.
Once you've taken the time and effort to properly season the humidor and calibrate its hygrometer, it will pay you dividends by keeping your prized cigars properly stored, and facilitate their proper aging should you choose.