How to Make a Tupperdor
Running out of room in your humidor and not sure what you’re going to do? New to the cigar hobby and not sure if you’re going to stick with it to justify the expense of a humidor just yet? Need some temporary storage for your cigars while you re-season your humidor? All of these and more are great reasons for creating your own homemade humidor for cigars or a "tupperdor." What exactly is a tupperdor you ask? Well that’s pretty simple. It’s any hard plastic container that has an airtight seal that is being used as a humidor. It’s named as such because they were originally made from Tupperware brand containers but nowadays people use Rubbermaid, Gladware, Lock and Lock, The Container Store, Ziploc and all sorts of other brands of containers yet we still call them Tupperdors.
Tupperdors are extremely popular for a few reasons but mostly because they are incredibly cheap to set up no matter what size you need. I got this 60 quart Ziploc WeatherShield container at Walmart for $15.56. It has blue foam weather stripping built into the lid to keep dust, moisture and bugs and such out but most importantly for our purposes is that it does a FANTASTIC job at keeping the humidity IN! Now this Tupperdor doesn’t have too many cigars in it at the moment as it’s only my personal overflow storage that I keep at the office for incoming and outgoing forum (mostly Reddit r/cigars) trades, bombs, passes and then secondly my smoking stash.
Small Tupperdor Lid (Click and Lock Brand) 60Qt Tupperdor Lid Corner (Ziploc WeatherShield)
Normally, I’d use Boveda packs in my Tupperdors as they’re a set it and forget it solution but I was out when I set up this Tupperdor. I did have an extra Xikar Crystal Humidifier Jar though so I used that. I’ve added a few cedar spills and blocks to help absorb the excess humidity given off by the jar and we’re sitting pretty right now at 70.8%. My temperature is a bit high at 74.1 degrees but there isn’t much I can do about that here in our office unless I move the Tupperdor into the warehouse where we keep the temps cooler.
To monitor my humidor normally, I’d toss in a Xikar Digital Hygrometer and call it a day but the fine folks over at Sensor Push hooked me up with a Bluetooth enabled monitoring sensor to play with over the last few months and I have to say that for a tech geek like me, I’m thoroughly impressed. There will be a separate full review post the pros and cons of the Sensor Push another day but I have to say, it does the job it’s designed for and overall, I love the darn little thing.I’ve also included a Xikar Humi-Fan but only because a customer had some questions about how one worked so we had one open for in-house testing and once it’s opened we’d never sell it. So, since it was laying around and this Tupperdor doesn’t get opened ALL that often, I’ve elected to keep this in there to help circulate the air. This piece however, is totally optional and not necessary at all!
I also have a smaller generic $1 store Lock and Lock style container that I got sent by a customer actually. You can find any number of these brands starting on this link at Amazon.com He wanted to send me some special thanks for creating for him some custom samplers. So he decided to send me a custom sampler of sorts and much of what you’ll see in it is still from the stash he sent me. In there, I don’t monitor humidity or temperature because it’s got Boveda packs in it and they’re idiot proof. Also, that tupperdor is much smaller and the risk of losing only a handful of sticks isn’t a huge deal plus I’m in and out of it much more often so I’d know if cigars are feeling or smoking dry or not. But they aren’t so, I’m not too worried about it.
So to review, to make a tupperdor, all we need is an airtight plastic container, some Boveda packs (find out how many to use and lots of other useful info about them here,) and the Spanish cedar is optional. If you need some Spanish cedar, just put a note on your next order with us to include some and we should be able to honor your request. It only takes a sheet or two to help your cigars with that awesome smell and obviously to balance humidity if you aren’t using Boveda packs. Toss in some cigars and you are good to go. Now, you might wonder why we’d tell you about this super economical way to store your cigars when we’re in the business of selling humidors. You see, most brothers and sisters of the leaf still have a traditional humidor or three because they like the look, got them as gifts or for a multitude of other reasons, but have rapidly outgrown them and are looking for large storage on the cheap and fast. Besides, skipping the 300-1000 count cabinet that costs a pretty penny and is a pain to arrange delivery for, often keeps the spouses happier. We’re happy to sell you the accessories you need to maintain the Tupperdors and to aid in the CAD (Cigar Acquisition Disorder for those of you wondering,) to fill them as well.
Until next time folks, the Ninja is out!