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Use of small refrigerator as humidor

DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
I have a small refrigerator that I want to use to store unopened boxes of cigars (also some bundles), do I need to do anything to it other than maintaining the humidity and temperature? Any ideas?

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  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 7,589 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Depends on your environment.  You'd be wise to never turn it on, so if you are in a place where it'll get above 73*, it's no bueno.

    I have a dorm fridge in my basement and it's full of boxes, and I use some kitty litter beads to keep the humidity in a good range.  If the seal is good on your unit, and you can keep the temps down without plugging it in, it'll work just like a cooler.
    "I could've had a Mi Querida!"   Nick Bardis
  • DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
    I just plan to use it as a cooler in the basement. Do you know if the air needs to be circuted or is it fine just opening it every two weeks or so.
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 7,589 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In my opinion, it won't matter in such a small contained space.  It depends on who you ask, but I say humidity in there will seek it's own level, and there's no real need to let the cigar air out and basement air in.
    "I could've had a Mi Querida!"   Nick Bardis
  • DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
    Great, thanks for your help.
  • PatrickbrickPatrickbrick Lake Zurich IlPosts: 5,352 ✭✭✭✭✭
    For something of that size I feel fans are not necessary, if you are concerned about air exchange just "slam" the door closed every so often.  That will do the trick.
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  • DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
    Sound good thanks.
  • RolanddeschainRolanddeschain Milwaukee wisconsin.Posts: 810 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2017

    I use a dorm fridge with Boveda packs for a humidor. Its in my den and it maintains temperature pretty well. I love it and so far I haven't outgrown it. I open the door and check the RH about once a week. If Im smoking more often I don't bother because there is an air exchange every time I open the door. It holds 65%RH perfectly and all my stogies seem happy in there.


    Long days and pleasant nights,

    Roland
  • DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
    I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with this idea. Thanks for your feedback.
  • RolanddeschainRolanddeschain Milwaukee wisconsin.Posts: 810 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I put in some pieces of Spanish cedar because I had them. This is an old pic but yOu get the idea.
    Long days and pleasant nights,

    Roland
  • DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
    That's a great idea, thanks
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 7,589 ✭✭✭✭✭
     I don't know if my has any Spanish Cedar in it...  mainly because I don't know if any of these boxes are made out of it.  :)


    "I could've had a Mi Querida!"   Nick Bardis
  • DavidOlivaDavidOliva Dubuque, IowaPosts: 8
    It looks like you need (like in jaws) a bigger frig.
  • RolanddeschainRolanddeschain Milwaukee wisconsin.Posts: 810 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's beautiful, man...........
    Long days and pleasant nights,

    Roland
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