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Cigar temperature and humidity monitoring
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hebron
Posted 9/10/2015 11:59 PM (#590170)
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For those who know me; I think it's no secret that I am quite fond of electronics. Our home security system will verify that

I have my tupperdor boxes in a wine cabinet to ensure stable temperatures, it's been a pretty hot summer here. This week I installed a climate sensor in that cabinet, meaning that the temperature and humidity is now monitored bu the home security system. Values and graphs are available on the computer, and mobile phone. And if it become too warm, or cold I get an instant notification

And yes; I store them at quote low temperatures. Between 16 and 18 'C (60-65 F).





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Posted 9/11/2015 2:17 AM (#590174 - in reply to #590170)
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Nice set-up looks like it works very well
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Posted 9/11/2015 3:27 AM (#590178 - in reply to #590170)
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Posted 9/11/2015 5:35 AM (#590189 - in reply to #590170)
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I look forward to the day i can do that, right now I'm at the mercy of the atmosphere here. All i can do is try keep it below 70% humidity and look forward to when the temp gets back to under 80degrees.
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Posted 9/11/2015 12:19 PM (#590245 - in reply to #590170)
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That is an awesome setup Thomas.
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Posted 9/11/2015 12:22 PM (#590246 - in reply to #590170)
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Posted 9/11/2015 12:31 PM (#590250 - in reply to #590170)
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Awesome setup Thomas. It's good to hear from you.

Lower temp, as far as I know, only is a problem for aging as it seems lower temps equal slower aging of the cigars. But for everything else lower temps are a plus (less chances of mold and bugs).
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Posted 9/11/2015 12:58 PM (#590264 - in reply to #590189)
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Jay'D - 9/11/2015 9:35 AM

I look forward to the day i can do that, right now I'm at the mercy of the atmosphere here. All i can do is try keep it below 70% humidity and look forward to when the temp gets back to under 80degrees.


pick up a cheap wine cooler just for your cigars. Im seriously considering it myself. Florida summers suck and running the air in my house at 70 degrees is getting expensive.
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Posted 9/11/2015 12:59 PM (#590265 - in reply to #590170)
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Posted 9/11/2015 1:02 PM (#590267 - in reply to #590264)
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I look forward to the day i can do that, right now I'm at the mercy of the atmosphere here. All i can do is try keep it below 70% humidity and look forward to when the temp gets back to under 80degrees.


pick up a cheap wine cooler just for your cigars. Im seriously considering it myself. Florida summers suck and running the air in my house at 70 degrees is getting expensive.


It's hard to come by a cheap wine cooler where I'm at and shipping something like that to the Virgin Islands is next to non existant. So my options are thin and limited, it sucks when you don't live on the main lands, not many options.
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Posted 9/11/2015 1:05 PM (#590268 - in reply to #590267)
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Jay'D - 9/11/2015 9:35 AM

I look forward to the day i can do that, right now I'm at the mercy of the atmosphere here. All i can do is try keep it below 70% humidity and look forward to when the temp gets back to under 80degrees.


pick up a cheap wine cooler just for your cigars. Im seriously considering it myself. Florida summers suck and running the air in my house at 70 degrees is getting expensive.


It's hard to come by a cheap wine cooler where I'm at and shipping something like that to the Virgin Islands is next to non existant. So my options are thin and limited, it sucks when you don't live on the main lands, not many options.


ahh good point. Didnt think of that
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Posted 9/11/2015 1:51 PM (#590272 - in reply to #590250)
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Thanks for the kind words every one, and yes; even though I might not post a lot these days I am very much alive and well. Boys have started kindergarten, seems like only yesterday they were barfing all over me in the middle of the night :p

Mojo66 - 9/11/2015 10:31 PM

Awesome setup Thomas. It's good to hear from you.

Lower temp, as far as I know, only is a problem for aging as it seems lower temps equal slower aging of the cigars. But for everything else lower temps are a plus (less chances of mold and bugs).


Always a pleasure brother :) Yeah, that's what I've heard as well. But at the rate I am smoking now-a-days, slow aging is probably good. Plus; the lower risk of bugs and mold make me sleep better at night
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Posted 9/11/2015 2:55 PM (#590275 - in reply to #590170)
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Sweet deal, maybe I should do the same.
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Posted 9/11/2015 2:57 PM (#590277 - in reply to #590170)
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The engineer in me really likes the setup and the monitoring graph.
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Posted 9/11/2015 3:14 PM (#590278 - in reply to #590170)
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hebron - 9/11/2015 3:59 AM

For those who know me; I think it's no secret that I am quite fond of electronics. Our home security system will verify that

I have my tupperdor boxes in a wine cabinet to ensure stable temperatures, it's been a pretty hot summer here. This week I installed a climate sensor in that cabinet, meaning that the temperature and humidity is now monitored bu the home security system. Values and graphs are available on the computer, and mobile phone. And if it become too warm, or cold I get an instant notification

And yes; I store them at quote low temperatures. Between 16 and 18 'C (60-65 F).

Sweet setup Thomas I like it!
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Posted 9/11/2015 3:15 PM (#590279 - in reply to #590170)
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I like this setup for a number of reasons;

- It's (obviously) easy to maintain a stable temperature.
- It's quite easy to find stuff.
- Any mold or beetle damage is limited to one tupperdor.
- The Boveda packs lasts for a long time, since almost no humidity is lost.
- I can easily bring a box into the office to dig around in.

The monitoring part is awesome of course ;)
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Posted 9/11/2015 3:16 PM (#590280 - in reply to #590170)
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Thanks Don, long time no talk btw friend :)
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Posted 9/11/2015 3:19 PM (#590282 - in reply to #590264)
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I look forward to the day i can do that, right now I'm at the mercy of the atmosphere here. All i can do is try keep it below 70% humidity and look forward to when the temp gets back to under 80degrees.


pick up a cheap wine cooler just for your cigars. Im seriously considering it myself. Florida summers suck and running the air in my house at 70 degrees is getting expensive.


You must go broke when the electric bill comes! I lived across the bay from you until I moved to Crystal River. I set my thermostat @ 75 for the summer and have never had problems. The trick is keeping your RH @ 65 and you will be fine. Mine 500 ct sits right under the AC vent, I just keep the beads hydrated and I am fine
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Posted 9/11/2015 5:36 PM (#590297 - in reply to #590282)
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I look forward to the day i can do that, right now I'm at the mercy of the atmosphere here. All i can do is try keep it below 70% humidity and look forward to when the temp gets back to under 80degrees.


pick up a cheap wine cooler just for your cigars. Im seriously considering it myself. Florida summers suck and running the air in my house at 70 degrees is getting expensive.


You must go broke when the electric bill comes! I lived across the bay from you until I moved to Crystal River. I set my thermostat @ 75 for the summer and have never had problems. The trick is keeping your RH @ 65 and you will be fine. Mine 500 ct sits right under the AC vent, I just keep the beads hydrated and I am fine


Thats funny I keep mine in exactly the same spot. Right under the vent. Thats cool you live at the river. I live in pasco and have been to the plant up there many times.

Oh and electric bill in summer is 500+

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Posted 9/12/2015 4:09 AM (#590326 - in reply to #590170)
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Nice setup Thomas. I agree that temperature control is important to long term tobacco storage.

I use a Johnson Controls A419 in the cabinet I built, it performs flawlessly, nice controller: http://cgproducts.johnsoncontrols.com/MET_PDF/125188.PDF#xml=http:/...

And I use a Lascar USB datalogger to monitor my cabinets atmosphere, it is also a damn nice device, IMO: http://www.tequipment.net/LascarEL-USB-2-LCD+.html?Source=Google

It has a nice graphing utility:



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Posted 9/12/2015 5:50 AM (#590338 - in reply to #590170)
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Awesome Thomas, you need to jump back on one of the herfs!
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Posted 9/12/2015 10:09 AM (#590369 - in reply to #590170)
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I could seriously sit in front of that and just stare at it like it's cable TV.
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Posted 9/16/2015 11:12 PM (#590870 - in reply to #590326)
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Nice setup Thomas. I agree that temperature control is important to long term tobacco storage.

I use a Johnson Controls A419 in the cabinet I built, it performs flawlessly, nice controller: http://cgproducts.johnsoncontrols.com/MET_PDF/125188.PDF#xml=http:/...

And I use a Lascar USB datalogger to monitor my cabinets atmosphere, it is also a damn nice device, IMO: http://www.tequipment.net/LascarEL-USB-2-LCD+.html?Source=Google

It has a nice graphing utility:



Sweet! :D
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Posted 9/16/2015 11:13 PM (#590871 - in reply to #590338)
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Awesome Thomas, you need to jump back on one of the herfs!


Yes brother, we need to make that happen!
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Posted 9/17/2015 2:58 AM (#590873 - in reply to #590170)
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Nice, have a buddy who has something similar in his 3000+ ct cabinet humidor.
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