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About CigarAsh

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  • Birthday 08/13/1959

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    Oz (Kansas that is)
  • Interests
    Cigars, Whiskey, Belgian Ales, Woodworking

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  1. The first one I think of is always the R&J Cazadores. Totally different profile for me than the exhibition 4 or all the different Churchill varieties that I love so much.
  2. I have a bunch of Xikar double guillotines - but one of my sons got me this for Xmas a year or two ago. Except for small format cigars, I have become a devoted lover of the V cut for my cigars. One of these days I'll actually look inside of the thing and realize all the caps I cut don't just magically disappear.
  3. I've been in the health insurance administration business all my life - a family business with my 2 brothers. Actually have 2 of my sons in the business also. Eyeing retirement in about 2 years though. I built my own humidor cabinet that has about 33 cubic feet of space in it, powered by humidifiers I bought from Aristocrat. Probably holds about 2,000 cigars in it currently - 95% of it cubans. Yes, my name is CigarAsh and I have a cigar problem . . . .
  4. I’ve gone to a PL Montecarlo a lot in that situation. Always a good closer after other bigger cigars.
  5. That’s going to look great in your living room. What are you waiting for?
  6. I’ve bought 3 over past two years. One stays at home. One goes in my travel kit for when on the road. The other was a gift because it’s so effective when used as directed Salvaged quite a few tight cigars extremely well. The poker style skewers don’t do anything worthwhile since they don’t remove enough leaf from the cigar. of course there are exceptions, because occasionally there’s a cigar so poorly made it just needs to be trashed.
  7. I’m a big EP fan. I still have two boxes of his inaugural special edition. 2008 I think. The second one Ernesto signed for me at a local event when I bought them. His earlier smokes were much more flavorful and complex. Best non Cubans I’ve smoked probably.
  8. doesn’t matter what any of your teams do. My Chiefs just added the best running back in the draft. A perfect fit for an already prolific offense. Even if our defense sucks next year we’ll still be putting up 35+ points a game and watch teams playing catch up. after waiting for 50 years between Super Bowls, and yes I watched all 50 seasons, the Chiefs have a chance for a real dynasty. The key is to keep Pat Mahomes healthy. I want the next 4 rounds to all be big, mean offensive lineman.
  9. A terrible loss for Western history and religious art. That structure goes back 800 years. The religious history and artifacts are irreplaceable including what Catholics believe to be the crown of thorns from the crucifixion. I’m glad that @Nekhyludov came clean and admitted his cigar was the culprit. Ken and I will light a candle for you Joe.
  10. Forgot to post this last summer. Was at a golf tournament in Connecticut last summer. The outdoor buffet luncheon was fully equipped with Shooaways over all the dishes. No one understood me when I told them how cool that was. Maybe it was just me!
  11. Fuzz, You point this out like I actually have a say in any of this! I don’t really care about wood vs carpet. It’s the wife’s call and if she’s happy then I’m freakin ecstatic!
  12. This is a timely thread. I'm almost 60 and mulling retirement someday in the near future. Wife and I decided we like our home, our neighborhood and city. So instead of retiring someplace warm (we'll travel to warm places a lot instead), we'll put money into the house. So far: 1) New 700 sq ft deck and deck furniture. Done in October 2) Starting Monday, the driveway guy comes to relay our brick paver driveway, and hopefully do it correctly this time! Also redoing the back brick paver patio below the deck. 3) Then the master bathroom demo and remodel starts. 4) then the kitchen counters, backsplash and appliances 5) then the entryway tile ripped up and new relaid. 6) Wife originally wanted hardwoods through main floor (currently only in our kitchen and dining room) - but opted to just recarpet. I'm so lucky. THEN, if we like all that, we move to things upstairs that need to be done. My wife is a true OCD clean freak. I'm thinking the next 2 months of my life are going to be a nightmare when the house looks like a war zone. Pray for me brothers.
  13. I cut my cedar to approx 5 - 6" widths and then cut about a 3/8" half lap on each side (except front most piece). Then I just set them in loosely in the cabinet. They're held by cleats with a rabbet on inside edge at top & bottom so the cedar "panels" are basically in there loose with no hard fastener trying to hold them in place. You can kind of see this in the picture by looking at top and bottom of the doors. Done this on two cabinets with no issues. Basically once the cedar seasons and gets used to your humidity setting, and it remains constant, you won't get any movement out of them anyway. I think the cedar gives a little bit of humidity buffer plus that wonderful cedar smell when you open the doors.
  14. Having built my own and having talked to Bob a little about it (bought humidification system from him) - he uses mostly plywoods with nice veneers on them for the large panel pieces in his humidors. Too much movement in solid wood, especially across large pieces and even more particularly when you're talking about actively humidifying the interior of the cabinet. I basically did solid wood frames with veneered plywood panels for my humidor. With veneers you can really get some incredible woods (I did Cuban Mahogany for most of my panels). I then lined the interior of my humidor with 1/4" Spanish Cedar that I resawed from thicker boards. That's probably overkill, but I liked how it came out and love the cedar smell in a humidor.

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