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How to: Coolidor / Coolerdor

Do you think spanish cedar humidors are too fancy? Too expensive? Need more space to hold a few boxes of cigars? Want something with incredibly reliable humidity and temperature? Willing to get your hands a little dirty?

Enter the coolidor/coolerdor. The idea goes something like this: Purchase or find a cooler, buy a humidifier (beads, floral foam, or similar) and hygrometer, buy some spanish cedar, and throw it all together. Voila! That’s really all there is to it. For the handyman, however, you can get much more fancy. You can even use a thermoelectric wine cooler (a.k.a. the fridgeador) — giving the whole thing a pretty nice look. If the idea of having a large humidor that’s incredibly consistent and less than $200 sounds good, this is definitely a solution worth looking into.

Do you think spanish cedar humidors are too fancy?  Too expensive?  Need more space to hold a few boxes of cigars?  Want something with incredibly reliable humidity and temperature?  Willing to get your hands a little dirty?

Enter the coolidor/coolerdor.  The idea goes something like this:  Purchase or find a cooler, buy a humidifier (beads, floral foam, or similar) and hygrometer, buy some spanish cedar, and throw it all together.  Voila!  That’s really all there is to it.  For the handyman, however, you can get much more fancy.  You can even use a thermoelectric wine cooler (a.k.a. the fridgeador) — giving the whole thing a pretty nice look.  If the idea of having a large humidor that’s incredibly consistent and less than $200 sounds good, this is definitely a solution worth looking into.  A lot of connoisseurs even think this is a better solution than the traditional humidor.  The following links are the place to start.

Best of luck in your planning, building, storing, and smoking.

4 Comments on this Post

  1. I just did the simplest of coolidors – I purchased a large 25-qt picnic-style cooler (the kind that hinge from the top) and a humidistat. I want to get the humidifer beads eventually, but to save money to get this started I simply rubbed (generously) anti-bacterial alcohol gel inside a triple-shotglass & filled that with distilled water.

    Done!

    I put nearly all my cigars inside their cedar boxes (as your picture above), so they stay stabilized. And because the door hinges up, I don’t lose all my humidification each time I open it!

  2. Mark, your coolidor sounds great! I highly recommend the beads, as they work wonders in stabilizing humidity. I’ve also hear much about kitty litter, but have no experience with it.

  3. Be warned, folks. A coolidor works in a temperate climate. That excellent seal can work against you, retaining moisture but also heat. If the ambient temperature rises above 73F, your cigars stand an excellent chance of being ravaged by tobacco beetle. I speak from experience – here in Florida. Rather than replacing freezer packs every couple days, get a wine fridge. Mine is a Whynter 28 bottle model. Set at max (64F), actual temp is 69F which is fine. Oasis inside maintains 70% humidity.

  1. By Where to Store Your Cigar Overstock at Home on November 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    […] is a cheap, easy, and useful way to maintain the quality of your cigars while still in their box.  The Coolerdor is easy to setup and build for yourself or as a gift to a friend.  Before committing a few boxes, make sure you test your […]

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