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Humidors: How They Stack Up

David Savona, Brendan Vaughan
From the Print Edition:
Wayne Gretzky, Mar/Apr 97

(continued from page 10)

Capacity: 100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Credo Epsilon
Details: Two dividers, analog hygrometer
Score: C

This beautiful humidor has an opulent, smoky veneer that's mostly black but is peppered with grayish-brown wood-knot patterns. Unfortunately, its beauty is marred by an imperfect fit between the lid and the box. Toward the end of our test, the veneer was coming apart at the front left corner. The inside is no improvement. The dividers are loose, the veneer bleeds glue and, worst of all, the cigars were mushy for the first three weeks before the humidity finally stabilized.

Western Humidor
Series 1000-T/$580
(800) 776-0096

Capacity: 100 cigars
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Western Humidor Humifier 2000
Details: Two adjustable dividers, tray with two adjustable dividers, Western digital hygrometer
Score: C

This box gives you a lot of humidor for the price. It's significantly larger than most 100-cigar models; Western's literature says it's "designed for cigar smokers with a preference for large cigars." Unfortunately, the humidification is inadequate. We had to add water three times during the six-week test. The box is competently built, but the detailing is shoddy. The digital hygrometer is fastened loosely with Velcro, and there are patches of ink-like stains all over the crudely fitted tray.

Desk Pro Inc.
Woodmere/$420
(800) 920-3375

Capacity: 125
Interior: Aromatic Cedar
Humidification: Accurate 70 (two)
Details: Two adjustable dividers, analog hygrometer
Score: C-

This is a tacky looking, poorly made humidor. The lid was already checking (coming apart at the joints) by the end of our test. The exterior finish is crude and cloudy. There is, however, a well-designed console on the inside of the lid that houses the hygrometer and both humidifiers, which kept the cigars in reasonably good condition.

John Snedeker Woodworking
Monterrey H300 Macassar Ebony/$830
(803) 722-6411

Capacity: 75-100
Interior: Spanish cedar
Humidification: Western Humidor Humifier 2000
Details: Two adjustable dividers, lock and key, analog hygrometer
Score: C-


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