How to make your own inexpensive humidor

This isn't a fancy piece of furniture. It's a functional way to store large quantities of cigars without investing many hundreds of dollars in a expensive, wooden humidor. Commonly referred to as tupperdors, igloodors, and colemandors, these storage devices have been used by many cigar smokers, including myself, to store more cigars than we have room for in our fancy, wooden humidors.

I built my first 2 in 1996. They are still working just fine.

Skills Needed:

Equipment Needed:

How to make:

  1. Using your drill or punch, take the sandwich-sized tupperware container and make lots and lots of holes in the top and sides. Do not put holes in the bottom and leave a little space along the sides of the bottom unpierced too. This is so moisture has a place to go just in case you overfill your oasis slightly.
  2. Cut a piece of the florist's oasis to a size a little smaller than the tupperware container. It should rattle around a little inside when you put the lid on and shake it. There is no need to be fussy here.
  3. Mix 1/4 cup of PG and 1/4 cup of water together to make a solution to make 1/2 cup of solution. PG is a food additive, so tell your wife/SO not to worry about ruining a good bowl.
  4. Dampen the cut piece of oasis with the PG solution. (If it doesn't absorb the solution like a sponge, you bought the wrong kind of florist's oasis. Stop here. Throw away your oasis and go back to the store and get the wet stuff.) Don't soak the oasis, just get it thoroughly damp. It should be wet, but not dripping. It's OK to have a few dry spots, but most of it should be dampened. You might need to make more solution depending on the size of your oasis.
  5. Put the oasis in the tupperware container and put the lid on. This is your humidifying device. Over time (months, in most cases), it will dry out and you'll have to add more distilled water. Your hygrometer will tell you when it needs more water. Your humidity will start to drop and remain reading low over a period of many consecutive days.
  6. Test your hygrometer's accuracy and calibrate, if needed. The calibration directions are a bit long. I refer you to the CIGAR SMOKER's FAQ (which is a great reference for just about anything you want to know about cigars). My hygrometer was off by 8%, so this part's important.
  7. If you wanna be really fancy/schmancy you can break up the cigar boxes and use a non-odorous glue to attach then to the sides of your cooler. Personally, I just put/leave the cigars in the wooden boxes. :-) Note: If you are storing cigars in the box they came in, it's best to remove the lid from the box.
  8. Put your cigars, boxes, tupperware with oasis, and hygrometer in the cooler and put the lid on. It may take several days to achieve 70% humidity. Be patient and don't freak. It won't hurt your cigars to be a little under-humidified for a few days. Also, if you add a box or two of under-humidified cigars to your humidor, expect the relative humidity to drop for a week or so while things reach equilibrium. Cigars take a while to absorb moisture. It can take as long as 3 weeks for severely over/under-humidified cigars to reach 70% again.

There you go. Monster humidor for under $50.

If you have any questions, comments, or I didn't explain something well enough, drop me a line and I'll try and help you out. Let me know how it comes out!

Happy Smokes!

Last updated: $Date: 2017/04/19 03:07:26 $

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