Tupperdors in Wine Cooler

Here's my setup for holding and storing cigars.


A little background: I live in south France, in a small-ish flat with very little place and no A/C. The summer temperature can exceed 30°C (85°F) inside, which is a no-go for storing cigars, and of course I have no fresh area, no basement, nowhere to easily store the cigars.
So I decided to allow a certain amount of space for cigars, and compromised on using a small 16 bottles wine cooler with three Tupperdors inside.
Why not directly making a Wineador? Because getting a constant reliable RH inside, especially during the summer when the Peltier system is working almost 24/7, is a PITA! Tupperdors in a wine cooler is a set-and-forget kind of solution.
Also, I know this solution has very limited storing capacity, between 150 and 190 sticks maximum, but I'm a seasonal smoker. I usually smoke a stick per week, or per every two weeks, when the weather is good enough to spend an hour and a half on my balcony. I don't really need a huge stock, I just make do with what I can store.

The Tupperdors

One of my three identical Tupperdors, with external appearance of old wood.
They are 5.5 liters Lock & Lock, that can contain up to 65 regular size Toro each with a few millimeter to spare in height.

Each Tupperdor is completely air-tight, with a see through top.

The interior is entirely covered with Spanish Cedar: thin veneer on the sides and 1/4” lumber on the bottom.

The humidification is done via two 65% Bovedas in a wooden holder.
Given that the Tupperdor is air-tight, they last well over a year.

One single strip of veneer close fitted with an identical strip of fake wood wallpaper for the exterior pattern.
The bottom lumber is just cut at the right dimensions.

A custom made holder for an air-flow fan, from a Xikar HumiFan, and a wireless hygrometer/thermometer, from an Ambient Weather F007TH.
It is covered with the same Spanish Cedar veneer as the Tupperdor itself. From left to right, you can see the radial fan input, the hygrometer sensor holder, and at the top the air-flow output.

The holder is printed in food grade PETG. On the left is the sensor board with its 2 batteries holder on the middle.
On the right is the fan and board with its 4 batteries holder on the middle.
Also on the right, a wireless charger receiver usually used with smartphones.
The fan can be powered either by batteries (when used in mobility) or by the wireless charger receiver (when used in the wine cooler).

The fan input is positioned right beside the Bovedas holder, so the air taken in always at the correct RH.
The airflow is then guided by a tunnel with the exit on the opposite side top, which allow a faster distribution of the RH inside the Tupperdor.

The wine cooler

The custom shelf for the wine cooler, seen from the back.
It uses two axial fans to create a rotating airflow behind the Tupperdors, so the temperature inside the wine cooler is the same on each level at all time.
It also uses three wireless charger emitters mounted on the side, right in front of the receivers in the Tupperdors.
A loop cycling timer supply the charger emitters for 30 seconds, then the two fans for 10 minutes, then repeat.

The whole circuit is powered by an USB charger from an old smartphone.
The circuit are protected from the eventual humid air with duct tape.
The fans have air-duct made of duct tape also which improve the airflow.

The wine cooler, a small thermoelectric 16 bottles Bomann KSW 344, with a sponge to absorb the condensation, and bags to trap the humidity.
It is placed in the doorway closet of my flat.

With the shelf inside.
On the right side, you can see the three wireless charger emitters, the USB-C power input at the top connected with a flat cable, a push button to manual reset the loop cycle if needed on the middle, and a USB-A power output for the Ambient Weather WS-10 weather station receiver at the bottom.

With the three Tupperdors in place.

Each Tupperdor is placed against the wireless charger emitter, so that the inside fans can be powered 30 seconds every 10 minutes.
The rest of the time, the two fans at the back create an airflow to maintain a constant temperature inside the wine cooler.
The weather station is powered at all time.

The weather station is maintained in place with a metal clip.

The wine cooler is set at 18°C (65°F), and the temperature control is pretty accurate thanks to the airflow created in the back.
The wine cooler temperature display on the top is partially masked with black duct tape inside because it was way too bright.

The humidity and temperature from all three Tupperdors can be monitored at all time on the weather station.
The weather station also displays the condition inside the wine cooler, and as you can see the humidity is not regulated there.
The humidity is regulated inside each Tupperdor separately and is always within 65% to 67% maximum.

I also have an Ambient Weather WS-07 in my living room, that cycle all my wireless sensors, including the three in the Tupperdors.

The cigars

First Tupperdor:
- New World by AJ Fernandez Gobernador,
- Camacho Check Six Limited Edition, and
- Camacho Corojo Toro.

Second Tupperdor, with various cigars bought in fivers or singles:
- Punch Signature Pita Toro,
- Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran Toro,
- My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro,
- Montecristo by AJ Fernandez Toro,
- Montecristo Classic Robustos,
- My Father Flor de Las Antillas Toro,
- Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure #2,
- Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur Epicure,
- Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Maduro Toro,
- El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme,
- La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro,
- Espinosa 601 Gold Label Toro,
- Rocky Patel Edge Corojo Toro, and
- Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Robusto Grande.

Third Tupperdor:
- Perdomo Fresco Maduro,
- Perdomo Fresco, and
- Perdomo Reserve Champagne Epicure.

All three Tupperdors.

The tools

My smoking tools:
- Xikar Xi1 20th Anniversary Titanium Cutter,
- Xikar VX2 V-Cutter,
- Xikar 011 Twist Punch,
- Xikar Executive II single flame Lighter,
- Xikar Allume triple flames Lighter,
- Single cigar Ashtray,
- Four cigars Ashtray.