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May 4, 2008

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!

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