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HOW TO: Build a Coolidor

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    prodigal son. CHRIS7891011's Avatar


     

    HOW TO: Build a Coolidor

    Materials needed: (well what i used)
    Cooler - I used a smaller one but I've seen people used the huge Marine coolers. If you buy off season then prices are pretty reasonable
    Bleach - preferably the non-smelly stuff. I bought the other and it took a while for it to air out
    Baking Soda - I'll explain later
    Cedar cigar boxes - for singles
    Hygrometer
    Cigar humidification beads
    Cigars
    A few free hours overall


    Step 1
    Look upon your newly purchased cooler. Take a deep whif of that new cooler smell... You dont want that. Now frown and pour in water almost to fill it. Then add in a few cups of bleach. Close the lid and let it sit over night.



    Step 2
    Open it in the morning and pour out the bleach and water. It might smell a little like bleach now so wipe it down with some clean water and let it sit outside in the sun for a day. If you dont have sun right now set it under some lamps and walk away.



    Step 3
    IF it still smells of bleach put some baking soda in a dish and put it in the cooler. Close it and wait a day or two. Continue with the set out in sun then baking soda routine till you have a fresh smelling cooler.



    Step 4
    Once thigns are smelling right it's time to fill the cooler with your boxes and regulate the RH. If you have a bigger cooler and boxes full of cigars you can skip this step and go to the next one.

    Place the boxes in how you are going to have them and figure out where you will palce your humidification. The reason I suggest beads is because they can go anywhere and work great. I had a small cooler so I put them in a tupperware container i had cut the lid out of. It worked great. I've seen others use baby food containers with holes in the top. It's what ever makes sense for you.



    Anyway put in your humidification, your (salt tested - instructions are as follows) humidification device and your boxes.



    Let that sit a day or two to absorb the moisture, just like a new humidor.

    Step 5
    Add your cigars! Don't forget to take one out and smoke it to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Heck take two.






    Alright now to the salt test:

    Step 1 - Get an airtight container. Some peopel say zip-lock bags but i dont buy that.

    Step 2 - Place some salt in a lid of a soda bottle or other small container

    Step 3 - moisten the salt with water... don't flood it just dampen it

    Step 4 - Place the salt as well as the hygrometer in question in the container and close the lid tightly. Let it sit for at least 8-12 hours

    Step 5 - After that time the humidity in the container will be 75%. Don't ask me how its just how nature works. Check the number your hygrometer is reading. If its other then 75 then you now know how far off it is. change it to the correct reading or remember how far off it is for the next time you want to read it.

    Step 6 - enjoy your cigar a little bit more now that you know your hygrometer is accurate.

    Here's a visual for you and hopefully this helps!


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    Huge Puffer Fish packed with spikes ER Doc's Avatar


     
    Nice presentation, Chris. Thanks for posting.

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    Area Fumado louistogie's Avatar


     
    Very nice.
    this is gonna help out a lot of the newbies

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    Marlboro Cigars Alter EGO Marlboro Cigars-cl's Avatar


     
    Great how to - now how to make this a sticky?

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    Great job Chris. Now it's time to stock it up!

    I changed this thread so it is now a sticky under the "Storage" section.

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    I'm Back tobacmon's Avatar


     
    Very good Chris--you are now my go to Coolerdor specialist--Thanks!
    ViVat Jesus!

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    prodigal son. CHRIS7891011's Avatar


     
    Quote Originally Posted by tobacmon View Post
    Very good Chris--you are now my go to Coolerdor specialist--Thanks!
    woohoo I knew my slacking in school was worth it!

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes


     
    Thanks Chris!

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    Alpha Puffer Fish


     
    hey chris, i'm pretty sure that the digitals don't need the salt calibration. they are already calibrated. but its a good trick to add to the lineup. good job on the cooli.

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    prodigal son. CHRIS7891011's Avatar


     
    From what I've found, some of the digitals are still off by a bit. It's generally a good idea to check just to be sure anyway.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes AragornElessar86-cl's Avatar


     
    Quote Originally Posted by vicegrips.ceo. View Post
    hey chris, i'm pretty sure that the digitals don't need the salt calibration. they are already calibrated. but its a good trick to add to the lineup. good job on the cooli.
    Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with my man Chris on this one, you should check. I've got a digital that is 6% off.
    [SIZE=3]"There are two things a man never forgets - his first love and his first cigar." -- John Bain, Cigar Lover[/SIZE]

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    SGT Stogie mjohnsoniii's Avatar


     
    outstanding sticky. thats my next big project.
    Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious.
    VIVA LA RESISTANCE!

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    I'm Back tobacmon's Avatar


     
    Quote Originally Posted by CHRIS7891011 View Post
    From what I've found, some of the digitals are still off by a bit. It's generally a good idea to check just to be sure anyway.

    Chris question- did you line the inside with Spanish cedar? I took a bunch and line the bottom & sides of it and man the smael is great---:support:
    ViVat Jesus!

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    Full grown Puffer Fish full count's Avatar


     
    Nice job Chris.
    "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
    -earl weaver

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    Leading Puffer Fish nativetexan_1's Avatar


     
    You made it sound so simple. Now, to find a place in the house where the wife won't fuss about it.

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