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Cigars Stored in Low Temps?

While the relative humidity of my desktop humidor is about 69 percent, the temperature remains at a constant 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Is this too low? Will it negatively affect my cigars?
Posted: January 13, 2014

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60 degrees won't hurt your cigars at all.

So long as you're keeping your humidity steady (69 percent is just right) you need not worry about a slightly lower temperature.

Lower temperatures protect against tobacco beetle outbreaks. The biggest problem with keeping cigars in a very cool environment is that cooler temperatures make it harder to humidify, one reason why a refrigerator is a poor place to store cigars.

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Comments   11 comment(s)

Terry Doyle — oak park, ca, usa,  —  January 15, 2014 5:32pm ET

I would like to see you post tips on extreme low humidity. Out here in Southern California it is really bad this year. I have to check my humidors weekly and even still, my stogies are getting dry. It's almost impossible to keep up with. Can't tell you how many cracked wrappers I have experienced this past month. Crazy!
Note: Refrigerators extract the moisture from the air as part of the refrigeration process. So it really becomes a dry environment.


kuris2000@gmail.com January 15, 2014 10:30pm ET

Same here. It's cold every winter here in ohio, but this year I can't seem to keep my humidity above 53! No cracked wrappers yet though. It's come down to laying boveda packs on top of my cigars. The hygrometer won't go any higher, but the sticks themselves seem fine.


max_cjs0101@hotmail.com January 16, 2014 11:46am ET

Im from a tropical country so naturally we have high humidity (60-80RH) but temperatures range from 75-85F.
Would that be okay?


Sydney Liquete — Philippines,  —  January 16, 2014 12:47pm ET

for the fellas with humidity problems, tupperware is your friend. Keep tour stogies in an airtight container. Use the humidor for show only. Like when having guests who cigar. So your sticks are more presentable. Problem solved.


Sydney Liquete — Philippines,  —  January 16, 2014 12:48pm ET

for the fellas with humidity problems, tupperware is your friend. Keep the humidor for presentation purposes only. Problem solved.


Greg Patterson — Toronto, ON, Canada,  —  January 16, 2014 1:29pm ET

I had the same problem this past December with my desktop humidor. The boveda packs were struggling to maintain at 70%. I put my entire humidor into a large zip lock bag. Problem solved. It has been rock solid at 72% with boveda for several weeks now.

I think the dry air here pulled all the moisture out of the wood in my humidor.


Geoff LaTulippe — Los Angeles,  —  January 16, 2014 2:08pm ET

I've yet to have any real problems with humidity in Southern California this year. I'm keeping my humidor solidly between 67-70% with a combination of Boveda 69% packs and Drymistat tubes.

I also have a couple of these, which display nicely and do a great job of sealing in humidity. In fact, I had to switch to a lower-humidity Boveda pack in these because the humidity was TOO high:

http://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Cigar-Jar-Humidor-Capacity/dp/B0027ZCKCM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389899196&sr=8-1&keywords=cigar+jars


louis rissin — north andover, ma, usa,  —  January 21, 2014 5:31am ET

Years ago I invested (like $100) on a Cigar Oasis XL Plus.....Year round humidity at whatever you set it at (mine set at 68%) and it never varies.
PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!


kuris2000@gmail.com January 21, 2014 11:48pm ET

You weren't kidding! Moved my stash to a zip lock with 2 boveda packs. Within 24 hours, the humidity went from 50 to 69. Thanks for the tip!


Momo Arreola — Baytown, Texas, U.S.A.,  —  February 22, 2014 8:41pm ET

I've got what i believe is refered to as a frigidore, a humidor inside a wine cooler. So far it's been doing a great job at keeping a constant temp and with the Oasis xl plus providing the humidity at optimal range although i keep it in my man cave/ garage away from my curious children & wife :p I keep the stogies in seasoned cigar boxes and also have spanish cedar planks inside cooler. Weather cooler now, should work fine in Texas summers? Anyone have similiar setup that can share learned tips? Thanks!


Gordon Young March 6, 2014 6:56pm ET

Hi folks.. I became a cigar collector a few years back after going to my 20th year high school reunion.. a few guys got me started and never stopped since then.. Its now about 2yrs and I've acquired a HUGE amount. I basically max out my allowable when travelling to Cuba, Dominicain Republic, Mexico, and US.. thats 50 per person.. And I have 2 contacts here in Canada that also supplies me with cubans.. So to Answer Momo's question if anyone else uses a Coolidor.. well YES!! I started with a 100count humidor and found out really quick that its not big enough.. Then went and found an electro-magnetic 36 bootle wine cooler (I hope thats what it is) basically a none compressor fridge as it does not remove the humidity. Well after 1 1/2 years later, I needed more space... so, I'm in the middle of designing a floor to ceiling cabinet humidor that will encompass my coolidor.. however in the meantime, I needed something to house the rest.. so I took a rubber maid box that holds about 89 liters, put a thin weather strip under the lid and ta-da.. instant humidor.. I didnt forget the spanish cedar in both coolidor nor the plastic box. both have passive humidifiers (beads or crystal) with a small pc fan on timer to help circulate. Its really working out well.. didnt cost much for the rubber maid box.. in fact it cost me a total of 59$ tax included... lol humidor at 59$.. lol.. so for all you boys needing a quick and cheap temporary solution.. there it is... any questions post and I'll try to help..

Thanks
Gordon Young


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