A few summers back we had an awfully hot stretch in Vancouver in the month of July. You know the kind of day when everything in the house is hot hot hot and you go to bed at night with windows open, you are laying on top of the covers and toss and turn for the majority of the first few hours of sleep. You may ask as to why we don’t have an air conditioner.. Save your breath.. This is Canada and days like I just described don’t really happen that often, so what would be the point??
The one thing that had me more concerned than anything was, how safe the temperatures in my cigar humidors were in case any cigar beetle eggs should incubate and start growing a little colony of young bugs who would be gleefully munching away on my cigars.. I couldn’t have that.. I’ve spent too much on Cuban cigars and that would be a tragedy.
I decided to put the humidors ( well, 2 of them ) in a plastic Coleman cooler, and on a daily basis, include a little ice pack, stuffed in the side, to keep the temperature down. It worked great and I believe I dodged a bullet as far as bugs go. Yeah, it was a bit of work but I felt that the effort was more than worth it and sleep came easily after I knew that my cigars were safe.
Something happened in the following months that actually had me wondering about my good fortune and made we wonder if any one else is doing the same as me. I kept the humidors in the cooler and noticed that the moisture level in both humidors was staying very very even, so much so that I started seeing a bit of plume forming on my cigars. Something right was happening….
Instead of putting humidifier pucks into the humidors themselves, I simply added the humidification devices in the cooler beside the humidors, keep the lid of the cooler closed and a great environment for aging cigars was in place. After doing a bit of research, I read that cigars need oxygen and if left alone without opening the lids on the humidors, problems could start. No problem, because I’m always at the humidors, checking quite a few times a week for humidity levels with my digital hygrometer and the cigars are, quite often, getting a breath of fresh air…..
Huh, who knew!!!
Great article! Sound like an interesting configuration… Did you put a logger inside to see if and how the humidity fluctuates? What temperature did you set your fridge to?
Perhaps I’ll try something similar as well.
Thanks a lot
Humidor (aka Torget)
I do not use a logger but a friend has one and I really agree with what it is capable of….. For some reason, and this is NOT a refrigerated unit but simply a cooler, at room temperature and nothing to control temperature, the humidity stays quite constant and I am now seeing plume form on my cigars that are in the 2 humidors in my cooler… Try it, keep an eye on the humidity and all should be fine……Thanks for the comment..