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A little background, I came back to cigars in 2016.

After I decided I would stay a while, I bought a desk top Chinese made humidor. I battled with that thing for months and couldn't get it to hold RH above 64. This was using Boveda and then beads. Finally, I bought a higher priced humidor. I seasoned it and never looked back.

I just wanted to know your take on the let's call them budget friendly humidors.
 

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I gave up on wood humidors years ago. My budget friendly humidor is an igloo cooler. Works great. Not exactly a show piece in my house, but it sits in my basement office. Also makes a great little desk in a pinch. There are half a pound of beads in there. Holds humidity very well. When I notice it drops a little, I have a spray bottle with distilled water. One spray on the bottom of the lid takes care of it.

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Yup, when I was wrestling with my original "budget friendly" humidor that was the advice I got.

Full disclosure, I do have one. Not one this big, but smaller for overflow, and it works great, never ever a problem.
 

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So it really depends. I have a 300 count that rocks (dont use it at the moment though after i expanded my storage options). But i've had others that just dont cut it.

So if you're ok with the crapshoot and like the style then I say go for it! Odds are you'll be OK if you take some precautions.
 
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So it really depends. I have a 300 count that rocks (dont use it at the moment though after i expanded my storage options). But i've had others that just dont cut it.

So if you're ok with the crapshoot and like the style then I say go for it! Odds are you'll be OK if you take some precautions.
That seems to be the deal. Maybe the cheap one will hold, maybe it won't.
 
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I gave up on wood humidors years ago. My budget friendly humidor is an igloo cooler. Works great. Not exactly a show piece in my house, but it sits in my basement office. Also makes a great little desk in a pinch. There are half a pound of beads in there. Holds humidity very well. When I notice it drops a little, I have a spray bottle with distilled water. One spray on the bottom of the lid takes care of it.

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Same here, I’ve given up on wood and use Igloo and Sterilites now. It’s a pretty trashy looking setup with my cooler in the middle of the bedroom floor and a few stacks of various plastic containers behind/beside it, but it works, and I have too much invested in my cigars to take chances with storage
 

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try this, it looks great

 
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