If you’re a cigar fan, you need a place to keep them so they’ll stay fresh and ready to smoke. But a nice humidor can cost you around $100. Here’s how you can build one yourself for a lot less.
I decided to bring some cigars back from Cuba. They were super fresh—like, freshly rolled on the farm fresh. But they only let you buy in bulk there, so I needed a way to store them all since I don’t smoke that often. I knew a humidor was the way to go—they can preserve cigars for years if properly maintained—but I quickly found out they can be pretty expensive. After doing a little Googling and Youtubing, I came across the “tupperdor.” It’s a DIY humidor that works great and can be made very cheaply (especially if you already own some plastic food storage containers).
What You’ll Need
Building a “tupperdor” is easy. Here’s what you need:
- A clear, plastic, airtight container. I’m using this one from Sistema ($10). It has a nice pull out tray for the cigars to rest on, and it’s the perfect width for most cigars. But you can use anything you have lying around really.
- Some Spanish cedar. It smells nice and it’s what’s used to line most nice humidors. Cedar is absorbent and keeps moisture from building up too much so your cigars stay fresh and flavorful. I’m using planks, but you can also use chips, or skewers, or leftover inserts from old cigar boxes.
- A digital humidity monitor. You can find these for cheap in your local hardware store or online for $10 or less.
- A humidity controller. Most cigar aficionados recommend Boveda packs (either 69% or 72%). They’re specifically designed to stabilize storage environments for tobacco and keep the humidity within 1% of its designated humidity level. You can order a pack of 10 for $13 online. That will last you a long while. You can also use those absorbent silicon beads with distilled water.
- Cigars! Get the good stuff. You deserve it.
All in all, you should be able to build your own custom humidor for less than $30 (not including cigars). I forgot to order my humidity controller when I first built my tupperdor, so it’s not visible in the pictures here. Don’t make the same mistake!
How to Put It Together
When you’ve got all your supplies, it’s time to assemble your tupperdor:
- Wash out the plastic container to get rid of that nasty plastic smell. If you don’t do this, your cigars will take on that plastic-y smell and flavor.
- Cut your cedar plank to size, then lay it into the bottom of the container. If you’re using some other form of cedar, still put it in first.
- If your container has a tray, insert it.
- Place your digital humidity monitor in your tupperdor with the digital readout facing up, or toward any part of the container you can see through.
- Add your cigars.
- Adjust humidity as needed and add your humidity controller. Because I forgot my humidity controller, I had to improvise. I was able to increase the humidity inside with a damp paper towel, then took it out when it reached 69%. Unfortunately, this is not ideal and I’ll have to babysit my cigars until my Boveda packets arrive.
- Seal up your tupperdor and stash it in a dark, cool place.
When you’re ready to light up one of your cigars, just open ‘er up, take one out and close the lid again. That’s all there is to it! Enjoy.
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