I pay more than that for my pre-embargos. I paid $55 my last time out there, but I've seen them anywhere from $50 up to $200+, depending on age and condition.
I did some reading up and questioning on temp/RH before I bought the humidor and a majority of smokers liked the cigars closer to 65%. I decided to split the difference and keep it in the middle of 65-70%.
So after doing a little research I had no choice but to grab my first humidor yesterday. I am PSYCHED. Nothing too fancy, but it's pretty nice: Cherry finish, 100 capacity, Spanish cedar inside, glass top, and a perfect whoosh. It actually closed better than a couple of the more expensive models. Seasoned the wood and started the salt test last night, so hopefully tonight I can calibrate the hygrometer and put in what I have soon.
Question: do you guys store with or without the plastic wrappers? It looks like Lath19 takes his off, but I've read that some like to leave them on and even cut the tip through the wrapper. Any thoughts?
some advice to everyone, use distilled water, and get digital hygrometers, they are about 15 bucks at radio shack.
Actually it's by Bally:
Only a handful to choose from as here in Honolulu we have a very limited selection on--well, pretty much everything. It seemed to be the best for the price--about $80. I saw it cheaper on various websites, but also everything here is price-jacked to hell. C 'est la vie. Gotta take one for the team sometimes and support our local community.
So wrappers on then. Another question, eyesk8r: I wiped down the lining with a new sponge and distilled water, wetted the humidifier and put it inside. Do I still need to sit a glass of d. water inside for a day or three before putting smokes in, or would my process be enough? Amazing, the web. So much info one could go crazy.....
I store my stogies however they come. Naked or in cello.
Congrats on the humidor!
Last Night I had a 99 Vintage greycliff robusto. Very enjoyable!