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Hi Jim,
I live in Hawaii and have an Aristocrat that holds about 40 boxes. It has two peltier cooling units which act to condense the moisture on the fins then into a drip tray and reservoir. It is very humid here and I still need several EverDry humidifiers to absorb moisture. However, the humidity in the unit reaches 70-72%, too high for me. I've tried pounds of beads and the buckets with beads that pull out water. Not my thing, too messy. I need to start by replacing the hard seal around the two doors to the cabinet and can't find them on the market. Do you have any tips on the door seals or other suggestions. Thanks for your input.
Al

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Hi Al,

Do you mean the rubber seal?  Most carpentry, woodworking shops and do-it-yourself big-box hardware shops usually carry door and cabinet seals like that.  The name of the product varies depending on the manufacturer/retailer but they're often called rubber cord, silicone cord, rubber gasket, rubber moulding, rubber trim or door seal.  It's often sold by length and then you would cut to fit on your cabinet door(s).

If you're having trouble finding it in shops, a carpenter or woodworker may also be able to help you find or repair the seal.

I hope this helps.  If you have any more questions, please feel free to just ask and I will be happy to help.

Regards,
James

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


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B.A. University of Toronto

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- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

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