I am now running three humidors and have a very simple arrangement to suit my needs. Typically, if you're just starting out with a collection, you will only need a basic humidor. I would suggest a budget cedar humidor, but they can be hit and miss on the lower end, so I can only recommend going for the simple and far less elegant tough box. Grab yourself a good hygrometer, the appropriate Boveda pack, and a Spanish cedar plank and you're all set! Alternatively, you could go with an acrylic humidor jar, they are easy to use --just remember they only hold a small number of cigars! Here's what I've got as a setup. First up, the rugged tough box. Harbor Freight, something like $12.00 *gasp* I use this little bugger to hold my flavored sticks. Currently, I am storing these lovely Kentucky Fire Cured cigars by Drew Estate. Why? Because you don't want the flavors to mingle over to your other cigars. When I'm not storing flavored cigars, I am using this as a temporary quarantine to liven up a cigar that might be a little strange or new arrivals before moving them into the large humidor. I just have an ordered mind, I can't help it. It's not OCD, I swear. I think. Next, it's the wooden humidor I picked up with a bunch of cigars not too long ago from Cigar.com as a kind of bargain they were having. It's called the "Humidor Supreme", and made in Vietnam. The burl wood design is very nice, and it keeps a great seal. Just like the Apache tough box above, it also maintains a perfect and steady humidity level. The added hygrometer by Cigar oasis is a must, and the excellent humidifier that comes with the humidor attaches with a magnet so it can be detached and refilled as needed. I am keeping the cigars I wish to age at 70-73 degrees in this humidor, and it also serves as a nice overflow when I have the large humidor stocked up as I do now. You will also notice these are mostly unwrapped, too. The third humidor is the NewAir CC-100, and it's really just a cooler as you will need to humidify this on your own, even though it does come with a plastic tray for you to add distilled water. I choose not to use the tray and opt for a simple method using either a group of Boveda packs, or several varied humidification devices: The controls are simple, just an 'up', 'down' for temperature setting, and a light button for the blue LED at the top inside, which is esthetically nice, but not very useful. I like the arrangement of this cooler because the main drawer is up top, with two shelves which pull out in the middle, and a nice space at the bottom where I added my own cedar drawer. When you first get any humidor, take the time to wipe down all the interior cedar surfaces with a very light amount of water from a damp sponge. Do not soak it! This will permit you to acquire a nice humidity level and won't tax your humidification device, be it a few Humi-Care pillows and set of Drymistat tubes like I use, or Boveda packs, or any gel beads. The hygrometer that comes installed with this unit is accurate, but a little slow, so have patience. Also, do not block the back of the hygrometer inside the drawer with your cigars, leave a little room at the front so air can move freely. I have since upgraded to digital hygrometers in all my humidors. The top drawer can hold three layers of cigars, loosely separated. Be certain you use humidification throughout so you can achieve steady, correct humidity at each level. There is air circulation inside, but it's not powerful, so don't block the back of the unit! I was trying to use this Oliva torch to show you the scale, but realized afterward that lighters come in all shapes and sizes. Anyway, the dimensions of this cooler are 14" wide x 19" H x 19.5" deep. You must leave 5 inches of space between it and the wall so the back of the unit can circulate air. It uses a thermoelectric cooler so it does not generate heat inside. This means you cannot raise the temperature inside much higher than the ambient temperature, so bear this in mind. They do make units which heat AND cool, but this unit only cools. Some folks also transform a wine cooler into a humidor, but they will be losing the excellent cedar and perhaps the thermoelectric cooling if they do so. What temperature and humidity do I recommend? It depends on your environment, I suppose. In the south, it's already humid, so you will need to try to keep everything dryer and manage your humidity levels accordingly. In the west, you will have to use more to humidify, and I can recommend Boveda for that problem. You see, you can use as many Boveda packs as you want in one humidor, it won't change the humidity level. You will just have to get the right SIZE packs for your humidor. The more you add, the longer the Boveda pack(s) will last, however. This only works with Boveda! Do not try this with other humidification methods. I go for a steady 68-70 for humidification and temperature, but I can go higher in temperature by up to 3 degrees with the wooden humidor, and drop humidity a little to between 60-65 in the large humidor/cooler if I choose. Typically, no matter where you live, the general rule is 60-75 humidity and about the same for temperature, maybe no higher than 73 degrees F to be safe.