Wednesday, November 07, 2007

How to Build a Humidor for Cheap: (the Tupperdor)


  1. You will first need an appropriately sized container. I used a Rubbermaid Roughneck. Whatever you use, make sure that it is right size to fit your needs, and has an airtight seal.


  2. Wash your container with soap and water, twice. You want to remove the "plastic smell"

  3. Take off the lid, and cut a small viewing window in it. I used a CD case to seal the hole and make a small window to see in.

  4. Obtain a digital hygrometer/thermometer. I got mine at Wal-Mart for about six dollars. (Make sure that you remove the clip from the back to expose the air intake better)


  5. Attach the hygrometer to the lid so that you can see the display through the lid. Make sure that the seal between the CD case and the lid is airtight. I just used scotch tape to attach mine, but I'm sure that there are better ways. Someone reccomended a silicone bead.



  6. (Note that the conditions shown above are not ideal. Ideally, you want 70%RH, and 70(f))

  7. Get a humidification device. I use The Puck (www.cigarmony.com) and a Water Pillow (www.cigar.com). During the winter, you will need more humidification.



  8. Place an empty cigar box into your humidor, along with the humidification devices. I broke up another empty box and put it in there too, so that I would have more cedar wood to hold humidity.




  9. Rub down all of the cedar with a light coat of DISTILLED water. Also fill your humidification devices as directed.

  10. Seal the humidor and wait for the humidity to build. You want an ideal 70% relative humidity.

  11. Once you reach a proper humidity level, you may add your cigars into the cigar box





  12. Close everything up, and keep your cigars fresh!

21 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Go even cheaper by using floral foam as your humidification device! (it is what is inside of the plastic housing "puck" from cigarharmony) You can get floral foam from florists or craft stores.

How To Do Stuff said...

The puck from Cigarmony does not contain floral foam, it is filled with RH beads which maintain a precise humidity with just distilled water. If you were to use floral foam, you should use a 50/50 ratio of distilled water and propylene glycol.

Anonymous said...

The hygrometer is probably not accurate enough. Most of them sold at walmart have an accuracy of +-5%

Anonymous said...

you guys a suck you are all wrong

david savona said...

hi everyone this is david savona editor of aficionado cigars and just wanting to let you know there are other cheaper ways of perfecting the humidor skill and just to google it

Anonymous said...

I did the salt test on my walmart hygrometer, it was only 1% off.

Sweton F said...

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T Falcon said...

I liked the instructions. I've been gettin such good deals at Cigar Int'l and a few other sites that I've filled uo my 100ct humi and need something fast to take care of the stuff I have coming in a few days. This will get me over until I get a 200 - 250ct humi. Oh, and screw the guy who said it was all wrong.

Josh the Happy said...

That is some cheap ghetto shit there.

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Storage of cigars is normally in cedar wood boxes known as humidors. These can often be picked up second hand from car boot sales or second hand shops. Keep your cigars in your living room. A cigar will improve and mellow over the years

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Anonymous said...

i tried this and it works great. i added a line of weather stripping around the rim of tub and my hydrometer is always between 65-70%. thanks

Devon Buy said...

The hardest part I think is in the construction of the actual wooden box. If you're good with dovetail and tenon joints, that's fine. But if you're not, the easier route would be to just work on a ready made box of a suitable material. These are usually quite readily available. I used one made of mahogany.

I have outlined the steps to make a humidor using this method, with photos and description along the way at http://www.devonbuy.com/making-your-own-humidor/. Please take a look at the article, and I welcome any comments or constructive suggestions for improvement.

I have also provided links at the bottom of my page for sourcing most of the tools and components for successfully constructing the humidor, for the convenience of the hobbyist who wishes to attempt to build one. I have also included tips on maintaining it in good condition. Those sources were researched for what I believe to be at the best value or at the best prices, to the best of my knowledge and endeavour.

Good luck!

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You can get floral foam from florists or craft stores.