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Subject Topic: Humidor v. coolidor Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Winchester on January-31-2012 at 02:42 - IP Logged
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I hate to sound like such a newb, but what it the difference between a humidor and a coolidor? In what cases do you need a coolidor instead of a humidor?

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Both humidors and coolidors are essentially airtight containers in which to store cigars at a constant humidity. The main differences are that Humidors are purpose built and usually from wood. Coolidors are cooler boxes that have been adapted for the storage of cigars.

Coolidors are cheaper than humidors and are a value for money way of storing large quantities of cigars. A lot of people have a coolidor where they store boxes of cigars for aging, whilst still having a humidor where they keep the cigars that they want to smoke.



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So, basically you would store a bunch of cigars in a coolidor and then move several over to the humidor for more immediate smoking? That's interesting. I never really knew what a coolidor was either. Thanks for clearing that up, kwsaw.

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Wait, are we talking about an actual cooler that is converted for cigar storage? Do they sell conversion kits or is it something that can be done with materials on hand?

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Winchester - yes we are. There aren't any conversion kits but it's very easy to convert a cooler into a coolidor. The main steps are:-

  • wipe down and air the cooler to get rid of any plastic smell
  • Line the cooler with cedar (optional)
  • Put in a hygrometer and humidity beads/humidifier

.....and you have a coolidor!



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That's just crazy! I am so going to make one of these this weekend. And in case you're wondering, I am definitely going to opt for the cedar lining!

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I think I would go for the cedar lining too. It's not that expensive and I think it would add a nice touch. Plus, I've had trouble with that plastic-y odor and taste before even when I went to great lengths to air out a cooler.

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I've never heard of coolidors! Funny.

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I've never heard of a coolidor, but from the description, I feel like I would still prefer a humidor. I like the flavor that you get, when you've properly stored your cigar in a humidor.

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Does your cigar ever have that not so fresh feeling? If it does, one reason may be because it does not contain enough humidity, a problem that leaves a cigar dry and stale.



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Quote: Originally posted by Camillo on October-15-2012
I've never heard of a coolidor, but from the description, I feel like I would still prefer a humidor. I like the flavor that you get, when you've properly stored your cigar in a humidor.
There is no difference in flavour between storing your cigars in a coolidor vs a humidor.


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I still prefer a humidor to a coolidor but the last one is irreplaceable when talking about large quantities.

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