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High temperatures in the islands
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Jay'D
Posted 4/13/2015 12:38 PM (#553457)
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So I'm not yet ready to invest in a wineador to keep my cigs at the recommended 68 to 70 degrees temp, and as I've just started my collection do you think i have alot to worry about if my humidor reads around 82 or 83 degrees temp? I got control of the humidity at a good 69 to 71%, but with the summer coming up and the temp going into the 90's, does anyone have any solutions aprt from getting a wineador?
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StogieDad
Posted 4/13/2015 12:43 PM (#553459 - in reply to #553457)
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Do you have a nice cool spot you can keep it in, a closet or pantry? That would help keep the temps down in the humi...
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Jay'D
Posted 4/13/2015 1:46 PM (#553467 - in reply to #553457)
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I was thinking along that line but with the temp all in the 90s i woner if anyplace inside the house is safe seeing that none of the rooms have in AC. Looks like I'll have to put them infront of a fan with a tub of ice blowing cool breeze....
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Posted 4/13/2015 3:16 PM (#553475 - in reply to #553467)
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Jay'D - 4/13/2015 4:46 PM I was thinking along that line but with the temp all in the 90s i woner if anyplace inside the house is safe seeing that none of the rooms have in AC. Looks like I'll have to put them infront of a fan with a tub of ice blowing cool breeze....

That high a temp WILL be a problem. It must remain under 75F as much as possible. High temp gives perfect habitat for bugs and an environment mold loves.

For the fan with tub of ice, look at this : https://youtu.be/ITtlxjvLQis

 

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Caveman Steve
Posted 4/13/2015 3:17 PM (#553476 - in reply to #553467)
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You should probably consider freezing your cigars as you receive them.  (and your existing stash)  There is a good article on this site on the proper way to go about it.  Freezing should pretty much eliminate the concern over beetles.
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Jay'D
Posted 4/13/2015 4:06 PM (#553480 - in reply to #553475)
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Mojo I keep a constant check on them for any sign of infestation or mold and so far they appear to be holding their own. Will have a look at the link when i get off work, thanks for the input.
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Jay'D
Posted 4/13/2015 4:11 PM (#553481 - in reply to #553476)
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Caveman I actually contacted by supplier in regards to if they freeze their stock to deal with the cigar beetles and most assured me that they do. Those were my US suppliers, what I'm more concerned about are my Cubans since I've heard that they are most at risk of producing those dreaded beetles. I don't have that big a supply of those but I think it only takes one to ruin a batch. Think I might have to freeze those.
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Brlesq
Posted 4/13/2015 4:16 PM (#553482 - in reply to #553457)
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One workaround is to buy a few Rubbermaid Blue Ice packs, and rotate in a frozen one every morning. Just make sure that you put it into a dish or plastic pan so that any humidity sweat does not drip onto your cigars or into your cabinet where the water could grow bacteria. Bottom shelf of the wineador would be the best place to put this.


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Kevin48438
Posted 4/13/2015 5:01 PM (#553496 - in reply to #553457)
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Another thing to keep in mind is that the humidity is relative. Relative to the temperature. Not sure in e.g. 70% rh would be wetter or drier at 80-90 degrees temp. Brlesq gave good advice. A couple re-usable ice packs to rotate into the humidor would be an inexpensive solution. But if the temps have to be what they are (and going up), might be worth playing with the rh too.
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sjn1117
Posted 4/13/2015 6:23 PM (#553514 - in reply to #553457)
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I may be wrong but if it were me I would keep my RH in the low 60s with that high of a temp to avoid mold first and foremost, bugs as well. Bruce has a really good idea.
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Jay'D
Posted 4/13/2015 8:25 PM (#553525 - in reply to #553457)
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Thanks for all the input guys, I would have tried the ice pack idea but I have two 100 count humidors which are practically full so not much room for the packs. I guess ill see about lowering the humidity with the high temp. hopefully that will keep them in good shape with no bugs or mold, got some cedar bricks ill throw in a few see how it goes.
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