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Use a Herf-a-dor until I decide on a humidor?

Hey guys, absolute cigar newbie here....

I picked up a little 10ct Herf-a-dor to use until I decide on a humidor.  I've just started buying singles here and there, and I'm sticking to the brands I recognize at this point.  Really enjoyed sitting around the fire pit out back with a few friends and a lot of bourbon (who wouldn't?) and I've decided to pick up a sampler pack to expand my tastes a little bit.

My question is, before I spend the money on a nice humidor, is it safe to store the cigars in the Herf-a-dor until I settle on the direction I want to go in?  I know it's more of a travel item, but will it serve the purpose in the interim?  I don't want to ruin the cigars, but I'm not educated enough on humidors to make an informed purchase yet.

Thanks in advance for your input, and thanks for a great forum. 

Cheers.

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  • jd50aejd50ae West Gnawed Pencil, TNPosts: 7,900 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Use a Tupperware type container for now. If your smoking them pretty quick a herf-a-dor will probably be OK, but remember they will be subject to more temp variation since you are carrying it around. Please get a bigger humidor then you think will be big enough.
  • CharlieHeisCharlieHeis South DakotaPosts: 7,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes. No problem there. After you get a humidor you'll need to season it. There's a few threads here that will help you out a lot.
  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,441 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Welcome to the forum, hope you stick around a bit there's a ton of good info here as well as some really good people. the herf-a-dor will work just fine until you run out of space, the next time your at the cigar store (B&M) pick up a small boveda pack 65 or 69 rh and your set! when you fill the herf-a-dor you can use a Tupperware container until you get a humidor and get it set up.
  • CrouseferCrousefer Posts: 445 ✭✭
    I'm pretty new here as well, so idk if this is best option, but I pretty much bit the bullet and turned a small cooler into a coolerdor. Pretty simple and great cause you WILL collect enough to fill em up faster than you think! All I did was was it out, grab some cat litter (silica gel) put it in a pantyhose and let it sit with a few bovida packs 69% and she has been sitting at between 64-68rh on average. Picked up a 50count Spanish ceder box from my local B&M for $3 and set it in there. Welcome to the forums and good luck!
  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,691 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes, herfadors are great. Cigars will be fine, humidity wise. plastic baggies or tupperware is fine too as mentioned above. I wouldn't even bother with extra humidification if it is less than a month.
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  • Gray4linesGray4lines KentuckyPosts: 4,691 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Crousefer:
    I'm pretty new here as well, so idk if this is best option, but I pretty much bit the bullet and turned a small cooler into a coolerdor. Pretty simple and great cause you WILL collect enough to fill em up faster than you think! All I did was was it out, grab some cat litter (silica gel) put it in a pantyhose and let it sit with a few bovida packs 69% and she has been sitting at between 64-68rh on average. Picked up a 50count Spanish ceder box from my local B&M for $3 and set it in there. Welcome to the forums and good luck!
    Good call! Coolers are a great option for big time storage.
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  • ejgormanejgorman Monroe, WIPosts: 1,114 ✭✭✭
    Herf-a-dors are great if you can keep your CAS (cigar acquisition syndrome) in check. I love my humidor because it looks fancy, but my cooler has been my best storage investment to date. Holds rh like a beast and lots of storage.
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  • ShadowInTheMoonShadowInTheMoon The 8th CirclePosts: 507 ✭✭
    ejgorman:
    Herf-a-dors are great if you can keep your CAS (cigar acquisition syndrome) in check. I love my humidor because it looks fancy, but my cooler has been my best storage investment to date. Holds rh like a beast and lots of storage.
    +1 to holds rh. may not be the most purty thing in the room but it works wonders
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  • CAcigarguy007CAcigarguy007 Posts: 1,592 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Coolers work great, however, if you want something a bit smaller or see through then do a search for: IRIS Weathertight Storage Containers and check out their offerings. They work great!
  • Bob_LukenBob_Luken already sucked before joining forum,.....just sayin'.Posts: 9,441 ✭✭✭✭✭
    How cruel it is that so many newbies end up dealing with the most frustrating aspect of storing cigars when they are first starting out? Desktop humidors can be very frustrating to maintain proper humidity because most are cheaply made. I've had about six or seven of them now and I've had mixed results. If I could I would caution all newbs that there are better options. As mentioned earlier in this thread, small containers and coolers will do the job with less frustration. Do your research though, because there are a few considerations when deciding on a specific cooler or container to make it into a good humidor. (Plenty of advice online, and you're welcome to PM me if you want my opinion.)
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 13,246 ✭✭✭✭✭
    CAcigarguy007:
    Coolers work great, however, if you want something a bit smaller or see through then do a search for: IRIS Weathertight Storage Containers and check out their offerings. They work great!


    I concur on the IRIS Weathertight containers...  I have a 17qt. and two 46qt. and love 'em...  I bought some Spanish cedar lumber on ebay, and made some trays; in the larger units, the trays stack on one half, while the other half is left for boxes.  I also bought some little round hygrometers on ebay, about $3.50 each and very accurate, which are installed in the lids of the containers. 

    But... if I believed anyone when they said 'buy bigger than you think' I might have gone w/ a wine fridge, a cooler, or just built an upright humidor.  The IRIS boxes are easy to live with and work well, but it may have been wiser to go with one large humidor, rather than three containers.  I do use a 125ct. wooden humidor; the IRIS boxes store cigars and replenish the wooden humidor, which is what I smoke out of.
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  • CharlieHeisCharlieHeis South DakotaPosts: 7,506 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bob Luken:
    How cruel it is that so many newbies end up dealing with the most frustrating aspect of storing cigars when they are first starting out? Desktop humidors can be very frustrating to maintain proper humidity because most are cheaply made. I've had about six or seven of them now and I've had mixed results. If I could I would caution all newbs that there are better options. As mentioned earlier in this thread, small containers and coolers will do the job with less frustration. Do your research though, because there are a few considerations when deciding on a specific cooler or container to make it into a good humidor. (Plenty of advice online, and you're welcome to PM me if you want my opinion.)
    Agree.
  • Guys, thank you all very much for the responses and advice.  The Herf-a-dor holds 10 right now, and I'm smoking them fast enough to where that size will probably be sufficient for a bit, until I decide which smokes I really like and start dumping money on boxes. :)  At that point, an upgrade will definitely be in order.

    Thanks again!
  • Retircs1Retircs1 California Posts: 453
    Jitmopper:
    Hey guys, absolute cigar newbie here....

    I picked up a little 10ct Herf-a-dor to use until I decide on a humidor.  I've just started buying singles here and there, and I'm sticking to the brands I recognize at this point.  Really enjoyed sitting around the fire pit out back with a few friends and a lot of bourbon (who wouldn't?) and I've decided to pick up a sampler pack to expand my tastes a little bit.

    My question is, before I spend the money on a nice humidor, is it safe to store the cigars in the Herf-a-dor until I settle on the direction I want to go in?  I know it's more of a travel item, but will it serve the purpose in the interim?  I don't want to ruin the cigars, but I'm not educated enough on humidors to make an informed purchase yet.

    Thanks in advance for your input, and thanks for a great forum. 

    Cheers.
    well Just so you know Jitmopper these guys are Off the hook. I was going to get only a 50 ct humidor something small and I was told to get 100ct I did listen to these guys and Glad I did. Now am working a new Humidor 300ct or Cooler all because of the great knowledge provided in this Forum.
  • Solo94Solo94 Posts: 5
    Hi, new here also and occasional social smoker. I ordered a box of my husband's favorite cigars for Christmas. But I didnt realize the whole humidor/ herfador/ tobacco beetle/ mold and everything was a factor.. I just thought buy cigars but them in a special box and your done... My question is how can I safely store these for about a month or so , while being cost effective... Will a herfador and a pouch or 2 of boveda be efficient? We are having a party for new years so I doubt many will survive past that. But I'm kind of in a pickel because I have to pick up the cigars on black Friday to get the discounted price.. so how do I store them until December 20th?
  • Solo94Solo94 Posts: 5
    ok one more question. Boveda packs... what percentage rh rating do your recommend for that? 
  • IndustMechIndustMech ChicagolandPosts: 4,211 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    I'd recommend 69 rh Boveda packs

    Kevin is low.

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    It'll be fine once the swelling goes down.

  • firehouseguyfirehouseguy KansasPosts: 996 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yep what he said
    Cigars were made to be smoked, whiskey was made to be drank and women were made to be loved. The only thing I try to age is myself. 
  • Solo94Solo94 Posts: 5
    Perfect! Thanks guys
  • YaksterYakster Lead Necroposter and vHerf wardenPosts: 21,680 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yep what he said

    Sorry to hear you're low, Kevin.
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today. 

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  • firehouseguyfirehouseguy KansasPosts: 996 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What kind of black magic is this? 
    Cigars were made to be smoked, whiskey was made to be drank and women were made to be loved. The only thing I try to age is myself. 
  • IndustMechIndustMech ChicagolandPosts: 4,211 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lmao

    I know, You're a big dog and I'm on the list.
    Let's eat, GrandMa.  /  Let's eat GrandMa.  --  Punctuation saves lives

    It'll be fine once the swelling goes down.

  • Solo94Solo94 Posts: 5
    Um, this may be a dumb question but.. do I need to take the plastic off the cigars before putting them in the tupperwear.. same with the wood box they come in? Do I need to take them out?  I read the wood Spanish cedar is for the beetles
  • deadmandeadman Midland, NCPosts: 8,675 ✭✭✭✭✭
    When you say plastic do you mean the individual cello wrapper? No. Same with the box, put it in the Tupperware maybe prop the lid open a little.
  • Solo94Solo94 Posts: 5
    Yep that's what I meant.. the cello. Lol.. thank you
  • IndustMechIndustMech ChicagolandPosts: 4,211 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not a dumb question.

    I know, You're a big dog and I'm on the list.
    Let's eat, GrandMa.  /  Let's eat GrandMa.  --  Punctuation saves lives

    It'll be fine once the swelling goes down.

  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 7,713 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Jitmopper said:
    Hey guys, absolute cigar newbie here....

    I picked up a little 10ct Herf-a-dor to use until I decide on a humidor.  I've just started buying singles here and there, and I'm sticking to the brands I recognize at this point.  Really enjoyed sitting around the fire pit out back with a few friends and a lot of bourbon (who wouldn't?) and I've decided to pick up a sampler pack to expand my tastes a little bit.

    My question is, before I spend the money on a nice humidor, is it safe to store the cigars in the Herf-a-dor until I settle on the direction I want to go in?  I know it's more of a travel item, but will it serve the purpose in the interim?  I don't want to ruin the cigars, but I'm not educated enough on humidors to make an informed purchase yet.

    Thanks in advance for your input, and thanks for a great forum. 

    Cheers.

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    Surprised nobody has mentioned this already.

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