Coolerdors vs. Humidors
Coolerdors vs. Humidors
A popular cigar storage option today is the "Coolerdor." As the name implies, it's made by using a beer cooler for storing your cigars. It makes sense, too. They're well insulated, have a good seal, and will hold hundreds of loose cigars, or a good number of boxes. Another variation of the "Coolerdor" is the "Tupperdor." Again, as the name implies, a large Tupperware® (or similar type plastic storage box) is used in place of a beer cooler. I have several humidors and a Tupperdor (actually it's made by Rubbermaid®) that I use for storing boxes of cigars that I don't have room for in my traditional humidors. (I guess you could call it a "Rubberdor.") Many cigar smokers admit to having only a Coolerdor, and I can attest that it really works. I have about six boxes of cigars, and though the unit is not tightly sealed, with the help of a Xikar 250 ct. crystal-based humidifier and a digital hygrometer, every cigar has remained fresh. I take cigars to smoke from the boxes until I get down to, say, the bottom row. By then I usually have enough room in one of my humidors to empty the box, and if not, I simply move the cigars from one box to another in the storage container.
Most of you reading this already know the advantages of using a traditional humidor. I choose to remove the cellos from most of my cigars, and I'm just more comfortable keeping them in a traditional humidor.
The advantages of Coolerdors are: 1) They're generally large enough to store a lot of overstock cigars, whether they be singles or boxes. 2) Since the cigars are still in their factory boxes, they maintain a certain degree of insulation, and since most factory boxes are made of Spanish cedar, it's pretty similar to keeping them in a standard wooden humidor. I check the boxes at least once a week and I've found the cigars are always nice and supple. If the cigars are wrapped in cello, you have another layer of protection. As a result, the cigars are kept together, so there's no chance of them "marrying" with the other cigars. Finally, and one of the greatest reasons for a Coolerdor 4) A Coolerdor costs merely fraction of what a good humidor, even many small, 25 ct. humidors can cost.
There's no rule that says you have to keep your cigars in a traditional humidor. And cigar smokers who do choose that route, shouldn't disapprove of a BOTL who keeps his (or her) cigars in a Coolerdor. Chances are, most of them can afford a good humidor, but Coolerdor owners also tend to have very LARGE cigar collections, and the price of a tall, well-made cabinet humidor can certainly be cost-prohibitive; though a good, affordable alternative is the Foot Locker humidor (above). Besides, if a Coolerdor works, why not save your money and buy more cigars instead?
In closing, the end justifies the means. Being the traditionalist that I am, I still prefer a wooden humidor, but as a temporary storage space, my Coolerdor does a great job, and as they say, "Whatever works."
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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles