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    Fishing so I can smoke. Vinyl records.

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  1. Burningman

    Newcomer (Newbie) Q&A

    Fantastic job Sir! A good sized container done with quality pieces on the cheap that gives you room for immediate expansion.
  2. Burningman

    Newcomer (Newbie) Q&A

    I have some NC's with some nice age as well. Nicaraguan tobacco seems to age well, at least in my experience. Don't be afraid to experiment with your NC smokes as well. I ended up ageing by default as I am not an everyday smoker. Once I discovered Habanos many of my non Cuban cigars just ended up sitting and forgotten about. Those that I knew were not my cup of tea ended up getting passed on to friends or donated. A handful I liked received a long rest. Years later (5-6) I found some and tried them to discover they had developed nicely. This hobby is addicting and not just due to the nicotine! I'm a bit OCD so I end up tinkering with my coolers. Eventually you will figure out what works for you. I would suggest that if you expand by getting another container be it another humidor, a tupperdor, cooler, etc. get a larger container than you think you will need. This may save you money in the long run if you don't want to have a bunch of desktops that you no longer use (I have 4 that sit empty). The only positive I see from this experience for me is that I have taken the trays out of them and placed some in my coolers for singles. @Derboesekoenig is spot on. Try different stuff until you find your niche. Participating in things like newbie trades and ordering singles will help you figure things out.
  3. Burningman

    Greetings from Central CA USA

    I'm on the other side of the hills near the Bay. A few hours South of San Francisco. Basically I live in the sticks!
  4. Burningman

    Newcomer (Newbie) Q&A

    This is where your patience will be tested. Smokes change over the years so the cigars you don't enjoy now may be going through a flat phase. If they're not doing it for you right now store them away and forget about them for a few more years. My guess is they will surprise you down the line. There are so many factors that contribute to how your cigars will age including how you store them, the type of cigar (strong,light etc.),viola and so on.... A great reference I use is a YouTube channel called Dr. Joe. He has a great series called "All about ageing" which goes in depth on the subject. My advice is sit on the Smokes that don't impress you now. He does not make new content anymore but his tutorials have been a godsend! As for storage options another good one is beverage coolers. They are relatively cheap and also help keep your temps steady. Good call on using Boveda packs! Those are great along with Heartfelt beads for your RH. Old boxes and scrap pieces of cedar placed inside help as well but are not absolutely necessary. When setting mine up I just asked friends for old boxes that were just collecting dust and used SLB cab lids as liners. I also have one or 2 trays for singles but old SLBs will do just as well. If you do decide to go with a cooler/ice chest make sure you use a brand new one that has not been used for anything else! I repeat use a fresh cooler! You do not want to grab the old dusty one in your garage you take on your camping trips as it may be contaminated no matter how well you clean it. You don't want to take any chances. This is what mine look like. Hope this helps and keep smoking!✌️
  5. Burningman

    Are you childish?

    I still run excitedly out the front door when I hear the ice cream man coming. This may be more of a fat bastard thing rather than a childish thing.😁
  6. I'm glad to see there is such a large online community that enjoys Cuban Cigars. After experimenting with different smokes which include some Habanos but mostly NC I have found that the Cuban profile fits my tastes more now than ever. I have also found that after smoking big fat stogies I prefer the more slender ring gauges. Coronas, panatelas, and lanceros seem to hit the spot. I have a humble collection of cigars which I am looking to age and am looking to expand it a bit when my finances permit. I have enjoyed the Habanos that I have tried with a bit of age through gifts and trades from friends. Since I have more time than money and aged stock is tough to come by anyway I am looking to age my own. I want to gain knowledge from the members here at FOH and contribute what I can from my limited experience. Cheers!
  7. Burningman

    Favourite Cheap and chearful

    My buddy and I are thinking of doing a box split to try these out. How long do you recommend letting them sit before digging in?

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