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Forum topic by Warren posted 07-21-2011 08:30 AM 3527 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2011 08:30 AM


Im building a Humidor cabinet (3-400 cigars) and Im wondering what is the best way to seal the door to prevent alot of humidity escaping! Im thought about draught excluders, inset doors, offset panels but I cant make a desicsion!

Is there a best technique? Is there a magic product on the market?

Also, I am intending to close the door using rare earth magnets and I cant work out the best place to put them or more importantly how many Ill need. If I use a sealing strip, will that impede the magnets so much they dont work? The door is about 2 feet square and is a bubinga frame with a thick glass panel, proably weighs around 7 or 8 lbs (a complete guess) Ideas?

Thanks in advance!

-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 02:50 PM

This is just a wild thought, but it sounds like you are looking for pretty much the same properties as the way a refrigerator door seals. A quick Google search will return lots of hits for magnetic refrigerator gaskets.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 10:30 PM

Just some thoughts from a long-time cigar smoker, and what I learned from people who sell cigars and humidors.
-humidity-all good humidors are lined with Spanish cedar, which absorbs and releases humidity, keeping the interior about 70 percent humid-build yours with a Spanish Cedar liner
-there’s no way of building an almost airtight seal to keep humidity in the humidor. Instead, install a humidistat guage, and humidifying element in the humidor and check the humidity once a week in the summer, and twice a week in the winter if you live in the north like I do
-If you’re absolutely hooked on sealing a humidor to keep humidity in you might consider what I’ve done for the last 15yrs-bought rubbermaid bread savers, put my cigars in them with a small glass bowl and moistened piece of paper towel! works better than any humidor I’ve had-and costs a fraction of what you’re going to pay for the wood. Doesn’t look as pretty, but none of my friends and neighbors care when I offer them a fine smoke-LOL!

Hope this helps. Enjoy your smokes.

-- Gerry

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#3 posted 12-10-2018 04:16 PM

Ok, it’s been several years since you originally posted. What did you finally use for door seals? And, is it working pretty well for you even now?

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#4 posted 12-10-2018 04:33 PM

Here is a great humidor project posted by Warren, the OP of this thread.

From scanning some his posting activity on LJs, I think he seems to have made a good number of humidors.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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