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humidors in florida

I just moved to florida, from eastern washington state, a big move in all respects. I went from struggling to keep my humidors nice and humid in the very dry mountain climate, to now trying to get the humidity DOWN and the temp down. I can't really afford to keep my A/C in the whole house at 70 degrees all day and I don't have a wall unit or anything in one room. Even without any humidification products in my humidor, the humidity is usually around 76-77%. BI assume this will get better in the winter, but until then any ideas?
Any central Florida residents out there already fight this battle?
Thanks!

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  • kingjk729kingjk729 Posts: 2,580 ✭✭✭
    try and find the coolest location in your home during the day withou having the AC on ..... maybe in inside wall closet or the basement if you have one and or even just a location out of the light with a fan on it during the day ....... as for the humidity what are you using for humidification ????? i live in Buffalo and we had a 2 week heat spell with wicked high humidity and i own a poured slab(no basement) home .... during those two weeks i found the closet closed on the floor to be no warmer than 68 degrees even though the house with windows open and fans blazin was 78 ...... i dont yet have the luxury of central air yet ...... i will its just a bigger investment since i have radiant baseboard heating....... Just my two cents though
  • Ya florida humidity is a little level than anywhere else. I was using just a small disc humidifier in washington (I have a small humidor) and it was more than enough, but here I don't need anything and I can't keep it down! This is like THE most humid place in america though...
  • 4bob44bob4 Posts: 212
    Heartfelt humidity beads. GA is about the same as FL when it comes to humidity. The beads do a great job of sucking humidity out of the humidor. Try not to check you humi too often either. The instructions for the beads state that you can dry them with a hair dryer or in the oven if they fill with water. HTH.
  • kuzi16kuzi16 Posts: 14,616 ✭✭✭✭
    4bob4:
    Heartfelt humidity beads. GA is about the same as FL when it comes to humidity. The beads do a great job of sucking humidity out of the humidor. Try not to check you humi too often either. The instructions for the beads state that you can dry them with a hair dryer or in the oven if they fill with water. HTH.
    sound advice right there.


    i also recommend a thermoelectric wine cooler (like a vino temp) to keep the temp down. the seal is good on those things. just throw a few cigar boxes or buy some spanish cedar trays and put them in there with the beads and you have a good humidor for the deep south.
  • TatuajeVITatuajeVI Posts: 2,378
    4bob4:
    Heartfelt humidity beads. GA is about the same as FL when it comes to humidity. The beads do a great job of sucking humidity out of the humidor. Try not to check you humi too often either. The instructions for the beads state that you can dry them with a hair dryer or in the oven if they fill with water. HTH.
    +1 for the beads. Should do the trick for the humidity.
  • Thanks for all the advice guys, sorry it took me awhile to respond back. I'll try the beads for sure, but how about my tempurature problems? Short of running the A/C in my house at 70 degrees all day, am I out of luck? I don't have a basement and I keep my thermostat on about 78 when I'm not home and about 74 when I am home, and my utility bills are already more than I would like. How bad will it be for my sticks if I let the temp stay that high as long as I pay attention to humidity?

  • LasabarLasabar Posts: 4,473 ✭✭✭
    Really the high temp is to just keep the Beatles out (even though Abby Road was pretty good)

    If you are worried about them just FREEZE all your cigars and any new ones

    Freeze them for two days, move them to the fridge for another two days and then put them back in your Humi (all while in some sort of airtight container of COURSE!)
    Then all the beatle larvae are dead and you won't have to worry about them hatching, then you can have higher temps...

    Just watch your humidity for that is what can produce mold, and that's bad!
  • So I just put the cigars in a tuperware container with no humidity devices what-so-ever in the freezer and fridge? That won't cause any cracking? How long should I leave them back in my humi before I smoke em?
  • LasabarLasabar Posts: 4,473 ✭✭✭
    No humdification device and airtight and you are good! Some have said they have smoked a cigar right out of the freezer, so the time frame would be as long as you can STAND!
  • gaberoxgaberox Posts: 824
    Living in Tampa I have the same problem my tupperdor stays right at 68-70 rh but the temp is always 75-79 no matter what. Shouldnt be a problem to much longer though as we are entering perfect cigar weather here. The summer was a nightmare as the heat and humidity caused me horrible burn problems with tunneling all summer except in the morning. Its cooling off a bit and my sticks have been smoking awesome perfect the last 2 weeks. Guess Ive been lucky to not have been hit with bugs. Knock on wood.
  • well I'm trying the freezer method, I'll let you know how I like it! I live in Tampa too, the weather may make it hard to keep cigars here, but man are there are lot of great cigar stores. Whats your fav?
  • gaberoxgaberox Posts: 824
    I love the Tampa Humidor less than a mile from my house and great prices on singles. As far as my favorite place to smoke is the King Corona in Ybor. I just love it there but its very expensive though they have a great beer selection if your into craft beer. St.Bernardus ABT 12 always on tap. One of the best beers in the world. I also love just walking around Ybor watching people roll cigars and just checking out all the shops. Im going to be a little bummed when I move.
  • Ok well I tried the freezer method and maybe its in my head, but I smoked my first frozen, defrosted, rehumidor-ed cigar last night and it seems a little bland. I smoked a cigar I've had numerous times before so I'd know what to expect. Am I imagining things? Has anyone else reported this?
  • ScottUScottU Posts: 194
    Where were you at in eastern wa?
  • LasabarLasabar Posts: 4,473 ✭✭✭
    AFJumper03:
    Ok well I tried the freezer method and maybe its in my head, but I smoked my first frozen, defrosted, rehumidor-ed cigar last night and it seems a little bland. I smoked a cigar I've had numerous times before so I'd know what to expect. Am I imagining things? Has anyone else reported this?
    It's in your head... if the cigar is more bland then it's the cigar... IF you freeze Hot Sauce it does not become less hot, or you freeze ice cream it does not become less sweet.

    Only if you had them in your freezer for YEARS and they got freezer burn (i.e. the moisture left the cigars, than they would taste different...


    It's the whole self-fulfilling prophecy thing... if you believe it, then you will taste it
  • Spokane, why?
  • JZJZ Posts: 827
    Lasabar:
    AFJumper03:
    Ok well I tried the freezer method and maybe its in my head, but I smoked my first frozen, defrosted, rehumidor-ed cigar last night and it seems a little bland. I smoked a cigar I've had numerous times before so I'd know what to expect. Am I imagining things? Has anyone else reported this?
    It's in your head... if the cigar is more bland then it's the cigar... IF you freeze Hot Sauce it does not become less hot, or you freeze ice cream it does not become less sweet.

    Only if you had them in your freezer for YEARS and they got freezer burn (i.e. the moisture left the cigars, than they would taste different...


    It's the whole self-fulfilling prophecy thing... if you believe it, then you will taste it
    When I first read the freezer method suggestion I gringed! Everything I've ever been told is that it is very bad to freeze. However, trying not to be stubborn I decided to research it. What I found is that if you do in fact freeze them then you need to put them in the coldest part of the refrigerator or they could burst if put straight to 70 degree air. One thing to consider is that no matter how long you freeze them for, they will not age. I guess your never to old to learn new things!
  • ScottUScottU Posts: 194
    Just curious, I'm 90 min south of spokane...
  • Well I just pulled another 10 cigars out of the fridge and they are warming up in the humi now, I'll smoke one later tonight, and hopefully it will be terrific and everything was in my head. I bought that Gurka sampler and I am definitely a fan.
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