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Costas
Posted 5/24/2017 10:58 AM (#708780)
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Hi, I'm new to the cigar world (2 years only) and i recently started to buy more than one cigar!

I have a realy nice wooden box that i can make it seal perfectly but the interior is upholstered with a red cloth. Is this a problem for a humidor? I want to use this box because it very old and beautiful.
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Jackal
Posted 5/24/2017 11:32 AM (#708782 - in reply to #708780)
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To make a proper humidor, you need a wood that can absorb moisture without warping. Also, the wood and finish cannot impart malodor to the cigars.

Spanish cedar (very different from American Cedar) is the most commonly used material for these reasons. It also naturally repels insects (dreaded tobacco beetle). Most humidors are lined with this material.

The interior of a humidor is going to be at a humidity of ~70% (RH). This will probably destroy any fabric or cause it to grow mold.
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jagfandaddy
Posted 5/24/2017 11:34 AM (#708784 - in reply to #708780)
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First off, welcome to the site!!
It would be better to have a Spanish ceder lined box. Anything else could give off flavors to the cigars. I'm sure others will chime in on this subject. There is lots of great information on this site.
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Posted 5/24/2017 4:04 PM (#708813 - in reply to #708780)
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How big is the box? If it's not too large, maybe you can use it to store your cigar accessories instead of cigars.

You should head over to the newbie thread and introduce yourself, give us some background about what you like to smoke.
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Cap10_Morgan
Posted 5/24/2017 4:12 PM (#708815 - in reply to #708780)
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As others have said, you definitely don't want felt and really should have spanish cedar. If the box is that important to you though or is nice enough, you could always take out the felt and line the interior of the box with spanish cedar yourself. I have seen a lot of "make your own humidor" information out there, so just google if you are interested. Just make sure to use the cedar and don't use anything in the process that will impart any other flavors to your cigars (be careful of glue, etc)
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Costas
Posted 5/25/2017 6:41 AM (#708846 - in reply to #708780)
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Thank you all for your advices i will buy apropper humidor and use that box for storage as bstessl sayed!! I think that's the smart way to go.

Thx again!
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Posted 5/25/2017 5:59 PM (#708894 - in reply to #708780)
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Welcome to the group Costas
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Posted 5/26/2017 7:01 PM (#708952 - in reply to #708846)
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Costas - 5/24/2017 9:41 PM

Thank you all for your advices i will buy apropper humidor and use that box for storage as bstessl sayed!! I think that's the smart way to go.

Thx again!


Good idea. It would be a pity to ruin what seems like a lovely box whilst at the same time ruin the good cigars that you are starting to purchase in numbers. By your method, you will be able enjoy both box and cigars :)
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Posted 5/26/2017 11:31 PM (#708966 - in reply to #708846)
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Costas - 5/25/2017 6:41 AM

Thank you all for your advices i will buy apropper humidor and use that box for storage as bstessl sayed!! I think that's the smart way to go.

Thx again!


The other, cheap/unattractive/but easy option is to use a tupperware type container. Just need to make sure it is airtight, toss a couple(depending on size) Boveda packs in and you're set.
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Posted 5/26/2017 11:59 PM (#708967 - in reply to #708780)
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I just bought a wine fridge and use 6 tupperdors that have Spanish cedar lined bottoms and a 69% boveda in each. Have around 225 sticks and 4 bottles of wine with room for 4 more and a few more cigars.



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Camshaft83
Posted 5/27/2017 12:05 AM (#708968 - in reply to #708780)
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I have a treasure dome i could sell you. Shipping isn't cheap though. Where do you live?
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Posted 5/27/2017 1:29 AM (#708969 - in reply to #708967)
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Camshaft83 - 5/27/2017 12:59 AM I just bought a wine fridge and use 6 tupperdors that have Spanish cedar lined bottoms and a 69% boveda in each. Have around 225 sticks and 4 bottles of wine with room for 4 more and a few more cigars.

 

DANG NICE set up there CamShaft83........

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Posted 5/27/2017 1:30 AM (#708970 - in reply to #708780)
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Costas - WELCOME to CG.
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Posted 5/28/2017 5:52 PM (#709079 - in reply to #708782)
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Jackal - 5/24/2017 3:32 PM

To make a proper humidor, you need a wood that can absorb moisture without warping. Also, the wood and finish cannot impart malodor to the cigars.

Spanish cedar (very different from American Cedar) is the most commonly used material for these reasons. It also naturally repels insects (dreaded tobacco beetle). Most humidors are lined with this material.

The interior of a humidor is going to be at a humidity of ~70% (RH). This will probably destroy any fabric or cause it to grow mold.


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alexxx84962
Posted 8/25/2017 5:16 AM (#719035 - in reply to #708780)
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I have recently bought a travel humidor by Quality Importers as a gift for my brother. He LOVES it. He says the humidor is perfect and he's not afraid to leave his super fancy cigars there. Besides this thing is so roomy. Largest perk- it just looks like a really cool and decorative world map box.

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Posted 8/25/2017 7:17 AM (#719037 - in reply to #708780)
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Welcome to the site.
A lot goes into choosing a humidor and even more into converting an existing box into one. A few people mentioned several cheap alternatives like Tuppadores. Always a solid option. But if your heart is set on a humidor then here are a few suggestions
First size - take the metric conversion approach, figure out the number of cigars you think you would like to have at home, double it and add 32.
Second, start saving for humidor number two.
Take time to season properly, don't hurry. If you need them I have some pre moistened wipes I would be happy to send
Invest in a good digital hygrometer
If you decide on a smaller size just use Bovida packs to control Rh. Super easy, rechargable, inexpensive, dependable

But really you can get a decent humidor for a low priced on cBid.com. You can get smaller humidors (25-50 cigars, although it will really hold 25-30) for under $40
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Posted 8/25/2017 8:13 AM (#719043 - in reply to #708780)
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I started out just using Tupperware and boveda packs, still do, but had an old pelican case that I converted into a humidor. Don't go out and spend a lot of money if that's your issue at all, use what you got on hand.
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Posted 6/27/2019 11:30 PM (#769408 - in reply to #708780)
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You don't need Spanish cedar for shelves, but buy some Spanish cedar drawers it will be fine. Just my 2 cents
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arrow34
Posted 6/28/2019 8:56 AM (#769412 - in reply to #708780)
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Welcome! I would check letgo, craigslist or facebook marketplace for a humidor. You can find a decent one for cheap.
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