Premium humidors built with MDF only these days?
Greetings fellow smokers,
I have been seriously upset after discovering that several major "premium" humidor builders have been building humidors with lining that has only a thin layer of cedar veneer on top of medium density fiberboard. This means there's less than one millimeter between the cigars and the MDF which can release toxic glue fumes, especially when summer temperatures are combined with the high humidity inside the humidor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard#Safety_concerns
I don't believe it's to avoid sapping from the cedar, since humidors have been built for ages with solid spanish cedar lining with minimal sapping issues and this veneering method can be seen also on humidors with lining made of okoume or mahogany(ST dupont humidor below as example).
I believe this is to make production cheaper, since building hundreds of humidors with solid wood is much more expensive than using MDF with cedar veneer. Now I just wonder that if lining is built like this, how could the rest of the humidor feature solid wood instead of MDF, I guess the visible part of the walls is also veneered.
I am telling you guys this so you would be more knowledgeable than me
when I bought an expensive french humidor some time ago. I suggest
looking for real luthiers to build humidors if you're looking to buy a
proper humidor, these famous brands are obviously charging for the name
only and not for the quality.
I stumbled upon this on another forum first, before seeing that thread I had been wondering what is the glue line on the cedar lining just below the top of the lining, found on many humidors, and this explains a whole lot.
So first of all this is the issue we're dealing with:
Just take a look at these humidors
elie bleu (the glue lines on the lining can be found even on bleu humidors from the 80's)
ST dupont maharadjah model (probably made by elie bleu)
Another ST dupont, this definately isn't spanish cedar so the veneering of the lining further proves it's not done to eliminate possibility of sapping but to save on production costs
Daniel marshall (at least these are the cheapest)
Also I used to be a fan of Davidoff brand but got disappointed by their
use of okoume wood for the building, but at least the lining is solid,
not sure about the rest of the humidor. although I understand they might be just avoiding the sapping issue of spanish cedar
How difficult can it be to buy a properly built humidor that also doesn't present a potential health risk?
What are your thoughts on this?