The Coolidor - Cigar storage, rolling and related

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  1. Down311

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    hey again tekkies....
    as some of you may know, i enjoy a fine cigar as often as i can... i have even dabbled in rolling them which although time consuming is quite fun...

    this post is about storing fine handmade cigars for less coin.... the concept is simple and this can be assembled with no tools or prior humidor knowledge.... with this you can store many cigars properly... a humidor of the same capacity would cut into my cigar money....

    also these are not my ideas.. there are countless internet articles on coolidors....

    the coolidor is simply a cooler...

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    Clean the inside of your cooler thoroughly with soap and warm water...

    Next is to acquire some cigar boxes so that spanish cedar is present.. the amount of cedar is not crucial... but it is beneficial for the cigars to be near...

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    we will also need a hygrometer to check temerature and humidity... 70 and 70 are considered optimal numbers... and closer to 68 and 68 for long term storage.... this will help cigars age properly bringing out smoother flavor and will also prevent tobacco beetles from developing....

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    as you can see my numbers are off from opening and closing the coolidor but thats ok they even back out quickly....


    also your coolidor will need seasoned before we put it into action or the wood can actually dry out your cigars.... this is accomplished by using a clean new sponge or rag and clean water to wipe down all of the cedar or all wood depending on what you use... then assembling them all in the cooler, and shutting it for 24 hrs w sponge inside in an open top cup or tupperware.... remove sponge... may need to repeat wipe down one time...

    then shut with humidification beads or other such device and boxes in place.... the beads i use are around 20 dollars and they absorb excess humidity and release some when below 70... they last a year or more at a time.... i just opened the bag they came in and added very small amounts of water each day until the hygrometer held steady.... and add water to these if humidity stays low for more than a day or two.... after adjustments mine have held true for about six months...


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    if after a week your humidity and temperature are holding steady then your coolidor is ready to use :)

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    with this method you can easily have a functional humidor of any size... and when stored in the proper manner your cigars will get smoother and tastier for about 20 years...

    enjoy
     
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    cigar rolling setup... only long filler... only entubaro... ;)
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    i need a mold so theyre more uniform at the end....
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    remember guys... every fine cigar has a wrapper, the finest, outermost leaf... a binder beneath that... and filler leaves.... and every filler should contain a leaf of ligero for strength, seco for aroma, and volado for fuel... playing with countries of origin and the percentages of those gives your own blend....

    for glue i prefer bermocoll... lasts forever and no added bitters...
     
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    Very impressive! I love a good cigar, but on the Oregon coast they're non existent.
     
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    thanks ellis... shops around here are few but im lucky enough to have a couple decent ones... the best deals on cigars are def online... raw tobacco sells untaxed as an agricultural commodity... which is cool... and the cigar sites have cigars for 2-4 bux that usually go for 7-20 in shops.... its hard loving top shelf stogies and still trying to be frugal lol
     
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    Awesome post @Down311! I'm going to disagree with you though. I say forget the mold. I think it gives them character. Each one is unique and has its own qualities. Although, I'll say that it would be nice to know exactly how it will burn, and how long you will need to enjoy it. I'm not much a fan of putting out a fine cigar. I'll do it with cheap ones, but good ones, that's a no no in my book.
     
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    Great post! I have mostly quit smoking, but still break down for a good stuck now and then. I have never tried rolling my own, those this old Dominican guy that used to work at a local smoke shop (that had long since went under) used to roll some monsters. I've always liked larger gauge rings. Yours look quite good. Long ashes.
     
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    thanks rudra.. i swear it took many cigars to get the hang of it... its quite an addictive hobby... time consuming yes but fun.... the wife and i kept having contests to see who could roll the most uniform sticks... getting the draw right was a challenge as well... i know they are so much better aged but i couldnt keep these in stock... the tobacco i recieved was beautiful and so delicious... from ligeros that were almost leather like to shade wrappers that were fine like rubbery tissue paper and most without a rip or blemish... i tried them at every stage of drying just to know see the differences though.... i smoked most of them with very little aging and they burnt like champs.... long sturdy white ash and the flavors were as excellent as any ive smoked in the last ten years... i gave out some boxes as gifts to family too....

    the way i was buying costs 15-20 a lb for fine tobaccos... depending on the blend id pick a wrapper, binder, and for filler a volado, seco, and ligero (or viso seco ligero words change depending on country).... i could roll about 4 boxes or about 80 cigars for a hundred bux or so... we would bind about 10 or so at a time and then go back and wrap those ten...