There are humidors, and then there are HUMIDORS. For the past seven months, I have had the pleasure of testing out the “The 50” ammo box humidor from Ammodor. Made from recycled, genuine Grade 1 military surplus boxes, the Ammodor humidor is a nearly indestructible 100% waterproof and air-tight humidor for those that want to ensure their cigars are safe and climate controlled.
Ammodor humidors start their lives as ammo cans used by the US Armed Forces. When they are retired from surplus they wind up at government surplus auctions and sold off to the general public by the pallet load. Ammodor cherry-picks some of the best ammo cans and turns them in humidors. The first step of the process is to thoroughly clean and sanitize each case to eliminate any harmful chemicals, odors, or dirt. The interior of the cases are then lined with precision milled Spanish Cedar that’s 1/4″ thick. Since Spanish Cedar provides excellent protection from mold, moisture, and tobacco worms, it is the choice material of many high-end humidor manufacturers. The interior joints are cut at a 45 degree angle for an incredible fit and finish. My first impressions where that the Ammodor was very nicely executed and the you can definitely see the quality workmanship that went into making them. The bottom of the cases are lined with OD felt to prevent the case from scratching or damaging any surfaces that you might rest the humidor on.
All Ammodor humidors come with their “Basic Issue” humidifier. It’s a stick humidifier that contains foam that absorbs a propylene glycol solution or distilled water to keep your sticks at an optimum humidity level. The humidifier measures roughly 5.5″ long by .75″ wide and can be mounted to the top of the humidor with the supplied strip of Velcro or placed in the bottom next to the cigars. I opted to attach the humidifier to the top of the case since I knew I was going to the fill up the humidor completely from time to time.
After loading up the Ammodor humidor with some of my favorite smokes, it was time to test the humidor’s ability to keep the humidity at a desired level. There was only one problem. I didn’t have a hygrometer and my “test” was basically the equivalent of looking at a steak on the grill and saying, “Yep, it’s done.” without touching it or even knowing how long it had been on there. I think my seventh grade science teacher would have cringed at my complete lack of the scientific method. I just knew that my cigars “seemed about right” and the smell was heavenly each time I opened up the Ammodor.
After sharing one of my favorite cigars with a friend, a Padron 1964 Anniversary Series, he commented that he thought they were too moist and that my humidity must be through the roof. I picked up a digital hygrometer on Amazon and installed on the lid of the humidor next to the humidifier. Sure enough, my humidity levels were through the roof! In some of the humidors I had owned in the past, the seal was lacking so I was consistently having to add distilled water. As it turns out, since the Ammodor creates such an incredible seal (it is an ammo can after all!) I was way over doing it on the distilled water. Now, with the addition of the hygrometer, the problem has been solved and the Ammodor has been consistently at 70% +/- 1% for the past month.
I really like the fact that the Ammodor is a true, travel friendly humidor. You cannot damage it and it do not have to worry about the lid coming open or damaging your cigars while it’s in transit. I have a couple of small plastic cases that can carry four or five sticks, but I really like the fact that the Ammodor holds a larger quantity when traveling to events or when I am on the road for an extended period of time. There is nothing worse than taking a trip and have some of your good smokes get destroyed before you even have a chance to enjoy them. The Ammodor is also a great conversation piece too. Everyone really seems to dig the idea that it is a recycled ammo can and how nice it is on the inside once they open it up.
Overall, if you are in the market for a new humidor or need a great gift for a cigar smoking friend, I would highly recommend an Ammodor. The 50, which is the humidor I tested, retails for $99. You can fully trick it out with a hygrometer, dividers, and a lock for a little extra. I’d highly recommend adding the Spanish Cedar Tray for an additional $39 as it will help keep your cigars organized and easier to access. One thing you will find is that given the depth of the ammo can, you will constantly be shuffling cigars around inside the case moving them between top and bottom unless you put your “go to” smokes on top. The tray will alleviate the shuffle and is a nice upgrade. I am going to definitely order one for my Ammodor.
For more information on the Ammodor humidor, or to learn about the other sizes and accessories they have available, visit their website. You can also check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.