on the size you need, one
of the easiest humidors to put together is one that uses a
Tupperware or Igloo® container.
On the left is a photo of a Tupperware humidor
that I built to handle a couple of boxes of stogies. I purchased
a 33 cup container that
measured 14" L x 10" W x 4" D.
To make sure you get a box with a good seal, test drive the
container in the shop and make sure it holds air by closing
securely and then pushing down on the lid. Listen for any escaping
Next, I placed a couple of old cigar boxes in the Tupperware container,
primarily so the cigars could be easily stacked and could benefit
from the Spanish
cedar lining of the boxes. Using cigar boxes also prevents the cigars
from direct contact with either the humidifier or the plastic
which might sweat if the box is too humid.
I added a digital HYGROMETER (see
photo at right) and a Mr.
Moisture™ small HUMIDIFIER (hidden
behind boxes). You can also use a damp
sponge, silica gel, or superabsorbent polymers
to humidify the box. The cigar boxes will protect the cigars from
direct contact with the moisture source, or you can put the moisture
source in a small plastic container. You don't need a big humidifier
since the Tupperware box is airtight
and will hold the moisture in quite effectively. In fact, it holds
in humidity too efficiently, since the box is air tight, you need
to be sure to open it up and allow your cigars to breathe
once a week. This would be true with all air tight boxes, but plastic
boxes make this a more important consideration.
The bottom line with plastic humidors is that they are fine for
temporary storage of stogies that you plan to smoke in short order.
However, they retain a lot of moisture (since the excess water
vapor can't escape), too much for long term storage of high priced
stogies. Be careful not to overcharge the humidifier of a plastic
humidor and remember to open the box at least weekly to allow air
circulation. Cigars will take in a small amount of oxygen and emit
other gases as they age, if you keep cigars stored for long periods
in a plastic container, they will build up a nasty smell (not to
mention rot before your very eyes). Keep an eye on the hygrometer!!!
If you need a bigger box, try using the instructions found on
the following sites:
Instructions for How
to build a Coolidor. Step-by-Step with photos
Instructions for How
to build a large Tupperdor. (http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com)
Instructions for building
an inexpensive humidor using
My entry into the Coolidor/Refriger-Ador class is pictured. When
an old wine cooler motor froze up, I removed the motor and gutted
the refridge. I built a palette out of Spanish cedar and then
built a drawer for singles. Since it is cheaper, I lined the box
with mahogany. Spanish cedar is a
type of mahogany and they both have the same properties when it
comes to the ability to take in and release humidity. The mahogany
doesn't have the same pleasing aroma however.
Humidification is maintained using a Cigar
Oasis XL Plus, an electronic humidifier/hygrostat.
The Cigar Oasis is an easy, albeit fairly expensive, humidifier
you can just set and forget. It is preset to 70% RH, but is easily
reset to other humidity levels. It has a digital readout of the
Wood Humidor Kits
humidor shown at the top of the page, and at left, was built by
my son in his high school wood shop class. Yeah, I know, you might
be asking "Is that even legal?" Maybe he told his teacher
he was making a jewelry box, he wouldn't be too far off on that
I didn't ask. The do-it-yourself kit came from a Popular
and Tasty: Build Our Mahogany Cigar Humidor. The
five-page step-by-step instructions were easy to follow, but required
some basic shop equipment. Further, if you have a little wood-working
savvy, you can change the dimensions and materials to fit your
needs. As you can see from the photo at left, my son changed the
materials using a light mahogany structure with plywood top and
he couldn't order any Spanish cedar for the construction of the
inside of the humidor, he glued Spanish cedar linings
(found in many cigar boxes) to the inside of the lid and to the
bottom of the humidor. He also took apart some Spanish cedar cigar
and glued the panels to the inside of the humidor to serve as sides
and to provide a rail. He added a digital hygrometer and a Mr.
Moisture humidifier. Hinges
The wood and hardware was really cheap, less than $20 for those
materials. The digital hygrometer and humidification element weighed
in at around $20, so the total cost of the project was about $40.
The humidor has a fairly good seal but the humidifier must still
with careful monitoring, this humidor works just fine.
After completing the project, my son presented the humidor to
me for my birthday. I still use it for short-term storage purposes,
it easily holds 100 cigars.
Another kit can be found at U-Bild.com.
For those of you who are skilled woodworkers, you might want to
read a very fine
Pirollo titled, "Designing and Building a Humidor." Part
Two and Part
Three are found online (whitemountdesign.com). This
series is not for beginners. You will need to be well-versed in
To see many other examples of homemade humidors, check out the
following webpage: The
Homemade Humidor Album Page (cigargroup.com).
After reading the pros and cons of BYOB, you may decide that
it's too much work. Fine. Just empty out your change jar (or
bank account, as the case may
a fine humidor. Or, if you want to become a more serious
collector and require more space, you can move on to the Bigger