How to Make a Coolerdor or Tupperdor for Cigars

In this article, we’ll go over how to build a coolerdor (AKA coolidor) or a Tupperdor (AKA tuppidor). This is the most affordable and efficient way to store your cigars, but not the most elegant. The well-sealed container allows no humidity to escape, and therefore requires very little maintenance. Please read my article about how to choose the right humidor to decide if one of these is right for you.

Tupperdor

Here’s what you’ll need for a Tupperdor:

Rubbermaid or Tupperware container

Humibeads or some other form of humidifier

Digital Hygrometer

Pieces of spanish cedar

First, you’ll need to find the Rubbermaid or Tupperware that is the right size for the amount of cigars you’re looking to store. Remember, we’ll have a few other filler items in there too, so go with one size bigger than needed to store the cigars. We’re not making any permanent changes to the container, so if you grow out of the size you choose you can wash it and re-use it for food storage.

Wash the inside of the container and let it fully dry. Next place your humidifier of choice in there – I recommend some type of humibead so that it will be easy to maintain a steady humidity. I recommend something like this product.

Next, you’ll want to add some spanish cedar to help maintain humidity and to re-create that traditional humidor smell. You can use little pieces that came in cigar boxes (cigar dividers) or purchase some online. This is not entirely necessary, but is a nice addition. Now, add in your cigars. After arranging your cigars and cedar you’ll want to place a digital hygrometer in the box, like this one. This will give you an exact readout of the percent humidity your tupperdor is at. If it gets too high, you can remove the humibeads, and if it gets too low you can add in more humidifier.

CoolerdorCoolerdor InsideHere’s what you’ll need for a Coolerdor:

Cooler

Humibeads or some other form of humidifier

Digital Hygrometer

Trays of spanish cedar and cigar boxes

First, pick out the right size cooler, make sure to account for the room that the trays and/or cigar boxes will take up. Make sure you get a cooler that seals very well – you want one where the door needs to be pushed on to close and you can feel/hear the air rush out as it seals firmly. Wash the inside of the cooler and let it fully dry. Next place your humidifier of choice in there – I recommend some type of humibead so that it will be easy to maintain a steady humidity. I recommend something like this product.

Next, you’ll want to add some spanish cedar to help maintain humidity and to re-create that traditional humidor smell. You can use your empty (or full) cigar boxes or purchase some online. Next, you’ll want to buy some spanish cedar trays for your single cigars, like these.  Now, add in your cigars. After arranging your cigars and cedar you’ll want to place a digital hygrometer in the box, like this one.  This will give you an exact readout of the percent humidity your tupperdor is at. If it gets too high, you can remove the humibeads, and if it gets too low you can add in more humidifier.

You’re all done! Keep a close eye on that humidity for the first week, and once you find the sweet spot your box will maintain itself for many months!


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