So my new humidor has had a different smell than I'm used to. I'm referring to the smell of a good desktop humidor.
I checked on the website that has the humidors for sale and it just said cedar trays. I emailed them today and found out they are Canadian cedar.
I googled cedar for use in humidors but seems like it isn't the same as spanish cedar. That the cedar has an overpowering smell to it.
So now I want to replace them with real spanish cedar.
Has anyone done this on their own, apart from ordering custom made trays?
How easy is it?
I've not really woodworked on my own but as long as I buy the right thickness that I need, it really shouldn't be too difficult, right?
The important thing to note is - "The species known as Spanish Cedar, botanical name Cedrella Odorata, but don't let its name fool you. Spanish Cedar is not from Spain and quite honestly, it isn't really a cedar either. The tree is from the mahogany family, Meliaceae, a family that also counts the true Mahogany "Swietenia macrophylla", African Mahogany, Sapele and Sipo."
Just like a lot of things, just because something is listed as Spanish Cedar doesn't mean it really is what it says. Buying from a trusted vendor who will replace product if it isn't right is important. "Spanish Cedar" doesn't have an overpowering aroma and it is nothing like real cedar. You also need to check if the internal humidor box is cedar or Spanish Cedar. Changing the trays won't do much if the inside of the box is cedar.
Most of the online trays you buy have a thin veneer over a thin particle board. At most, only the sides are Spanish Cedar but they may only be veneer over particle board. Most new wooden humidors that are under $300 are constructed with a thin veneer over particle board. If the trays are really 100% Spanish Cedar, they will be expensive compared to the others that are made with less Spanish Cedar.
That is why a lot of people use tupperdors and coolerdors rather than wood humidors. They are air tight to retain humidity and you can get Spanish Cedar scraps and lay the wood inside the humidor. You can get 1 to 2 pounds of scrap Spanish Cedar shipped to you for $20 to $30.