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How to set up a coolerdor:

Step #1: get a cooler. Rinse the inside with a mild unscented dish soap and allow to dry/air out for several days. *

Step #2: Decide on and acquire humidity source, (I chose a Cigar Oasis from Cheap Humidors since I'm gun-shy about passive humidifcation right now).

Step #3: Cedar strips, (from empty cigar boxes, courtesy of the local cigar shop and Mrs. ScottM), applied to sides and lid. Cedar planks, blocks or pieces of old cigar boxes can be substituted.

Step #4: Let stabilize until humidity is at 65-75%.

Step #5: Blow paycheck on preferred filling:

(Picture Under Construction: Check Back Later!!)

Any questions?

This concludes your freshman level course on coolerdors. 600 and 700 level courses are offered by more senior members of this board. Please consult the search function for details and course requirements.

Scott"workingtowardtenure"M

*- Go big or go home: this is a 48qt cooler. As you can see, I'm already thinking it's gonna be too small.
 

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Outstanding post! Informative and interesting - I think I will give it a go and make my own.

Thanks!

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Great post. The only thing that I would add to it is how to stick the cedar on the sides( I use double faced tape but I would like to see what you used) Also I prefer the humidity beads to the cigar oasis, they work just aswell and ar cheaper. I am poor guy, so less I have to spend on humidification the more I am able to spend on cigars. Again this is great post. You have done an excelent job. I am sure this will help out a lot of gorillas here.
 

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Thanks. I used double sided tape for the cedar strips. I may have to go back and either use more than one strip of tape per strip of cedar or find another way to adhere them to the walls. Dunno...worse come to worse, I'll just stand them up against the wall! ( A little revolutionary humor...sorry). Tought about beads. It's a good idea, but I wanted a "fire and forget" set up with some circulation. Saved some lunch money for a bit and viola!


Since this thread is pretty much a bandwidth killer, and for instructional purposes only (PI flashback), feel free to post some pics of coolerdors if ya' have some.

Scott"broadbandrocks"M
 

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Great job Scott,I want the cigar oasis too but I'm just using a large humidifier from JR's that does well. I have the beads on order too.
 

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Great Post Scott & Floyd. Doing something similar with an old beer refrig that broke.
 

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Great Post Scott & Floyd. Doing something similar with an old beer refrig that broke.
Hey Mike make sure you get some pics of the beer cooler? I sure would like to see that. I have an old phonograph from the 40's,all wood and a lid that I want to make into a humidor..
 

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Okay, so I'm getting ready to set up a coolerdor and I just want to know if it's possible to keep cigars in the coolerdor forever (with rotation of course and stable rH). I'm planning on keeping boxes inside instead of just putting cedar on the sides. This thread was a great help. If I start one now to age sticks, can I keep them in there for years?
 

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Great theory, and great practice, Scott!!!

I did the same with a smaller cooler... But instead of 2-sided tape, I used male/female patches of velcro (affixed with "Goop" to the cedar and cooler interior)... With our extremely low humidity here during the winter, I take out a cedar panel, give it a spritz of distilled water, replace it, and let the bead tubes do the rest.

Interesting what measures we take to keep our cigars in the "comfort zone." Wouldn't it be nice if WE were afforded similar care!!??
 

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Try velcro. You can get it from Home depot. They come in two packs, 9in the HD near my house). The backs are coated with an adhesive and will stick to just about anything.
BTW, great post, very useful.
Thx
Go Terps! (next year)
 

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Great post. I'm gonna start tomorrow.
 

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Blast-from-the-past Friday, I guess.

Sucker's still going strong. 'Bout the only things I'd change would have been starting out with beads, (I found my lack of faith disturbing), and I mighta left out the strips...not really necessary nor did they contribute any measurable benefits, although Palm55s idea about periodic spritzing during the winter months has merit.

With the appropriate maintenance, I can't see where cigars wouldn't be well kept long term in a coolerdor. Using the original boxes as an inner organizer / "cedar lining" seems to be the easiest, most cost efficient method to kill these two birds with one stone.


Sa'alaam.
 

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Scott M said:
Blast-from-the-past Friday, I guess.

Sucker's still going strong. 'Bout the only things I'd change would have been starting out with beads, (I found my lack of faith disturbing), and I mighta left out the strips...not really necessary nor did they contribute any measurable benefits, although Palm55s idea about periodic spritzing during the winter months has merit.

With the appropriate maintenance, I can't see where cigars wouldn't be well kept long term in a coolerdor. Using the original boxes as an inner organizer / "cedar lining" seems to be the easiest, most cost efficient method to kill these two birds with one stone.

Sa'alaam.
The tetris method with beads does work great, but everybody loves a project, and your's is a project done well.

Is it full yet? Huh? Is it full? Can I see? Can I?
 

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I'm planning to start one soon. Is there anything I need to look for when buying a cooler? Should it have some sort of seal on the lid? What about a clasp?
 

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stormin said:
I'm planning to start one soon. Is there anything I need to look for when buying a cooler? Should it have some sort of seal on the lid? What about a clasp?
They already have a seal on the lid. Clasp isn't really needed. A portable fan, Oust e.g., seems to be a nice touch. I prefer unvarnished cedar slide lid boxes by El Rey del Mundo to store cigars in. Most B&M's have them for one or two dollars each.
 
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