Humidifier placement in glass top cigar humidors
Q. From what I've seen, most cigar humidors have their humidifiers mounted to the lid with the open slots facing downward. My humidor, however, has a glass top and mounting the humidifier in this way somewhat detracts from being able to peer in at the cigars. So, is there a right or wrong location for a humidifier? Does it have to be mounted on the lid or will sufficient moisture be added to the air if, say, the humidifer was simply sitting on the bottom?
- Tyler J.
A. I am not in favor of placing the humidifier on the bottom of a cigar humidor. For one, it will take up some valuable real estate. More importantly, humidified air is most effective when allowed to flow down from above.
In your case, one solution would be to mount the cigar humidifier at the top of the back wall of the humidor. Note however, that some manufactuers provide a slot on the side of the humidor in which to place the humidifier. This is done to avoid the humidifier from getting in the way of the placement of your cigars. If your humidor has a top tray, another solution would be to mount the humidifier to the bottom of the tray facing down.
The main thing is, regardless of where you place the humidifier, if the box has a good seal and is keeping a pretty consistant humidity within the range you prefer, then your cigars should be fine.
Rotating your cigars from bottom to top about every six weeks or so will also help distribute the humidified air among them more effectively, too.