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I hope Herf N Turf has a sense of humor. There have been quite a few posts from new smokers asking questions about the humidor's less elegant and expensive counterpart - the tupperdor. This simple plastic device may actually be a more elegant solution to cigar humidification than it first appears because of the lack of maintenance required and constant humidity attained in the face of extreme ambient humidity levels. There are many ways to set up a tupperdor, but this is the easiest.
I use a tupperware container manufactured by Lock & Lock, but in reality almost any well sealing food grade container will work. I prefer BPA free containers. BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA or into your body when you handle products made with the chemical.
1. The first step in making your tupperdor is to wash the container, rinse well, and dry.
2. Measure the inside dimensions of the bottom of the container and subtract two milimeters from the length and width.
3. Find a Spanish cedar separator from a used cigar box and cut it to the dimensions noted in step 2. A razor and ruler works best here as scissors will crush and split the cedar. If you have not purchased a box of cigars yet your local cigar shop will likely provide a few separators at no cost.
4. Place the divider in the bottom of your container.
The Spanish cedar divider serves several purposes. Most obviously, it provides a pleasantly fresh aroma to your stock. The divider also has anti-fungal properties that keep mold at bay, which is important in a tupperdor as it provides little air flow. If that wasn't enough, the cedar also retains moisture and speeds the humidity stabilization after opening the container to get a cigar. Note that the tupperdor does not require seasoning since the cedar is very thin and the container is sealed.
Humidification. The tupperdor does not work well with a traditional sponge based humidifier. Humidity beads or Boveda packs work best. Boveda packs are completely foolproof and what I recommend. They cost a meager $4 and will last over one year in a sealed container. When they turn hard replace.
5. Stack your cigars inside, remove the Boveda pack from the plastic wrap, and place in the tupperdor.
Please note that while the pack will hold the precise humidity level shown it may take a month or more for moist cigars to dry, so don't freak if your humidity is several percentage points higher for a while. Be patient, it will stabilize at the number on the pack.
Also note that since the tupperdor seals almost perfectly it should be opened every month to allow for air exchange.
Last edited by Nathan King; 01-29-2012 at 04:13 PM.
I use the exact same tupperware container to "regenerate" my boveda packs. Just put your hardening packs into the container with a small dish of soaked KL/Beads and after a week or so they begin to soften and plump. I read it here but and was skeptical but it does work! I don't know yet how long "regenerated" packs last (have only been doing it for a couple of weeks) but I was amazed.
I'm set up now, thanks to this handy guide. To answer my own question, I believe the container pictured is model# HPL825, listed at 9.6 cup capacity, and it can hold about 28 cigars (depending on RG of course). I also picked up the HPL825H, at 12.9 cups, which can hold about 35 cigars. The HPL825H is taller, but uses the same lid as the other one. I am using one of each. I like having these smaller containers for singles, being more easily accessible and portable than my cooler.