Wine Cooler (Inoperable) to Humidor Conversion


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44 minutes ago, rjake100 said:

Have you ever done anything to improve the door seals or are the stock seals sufficient to prevent airflow?

I’ve found them to be quite airtight. I keep all of these in a constantly air-conditioned room, which keeps RH in the room itself quite low - around 50, but RH in the boxes stays very steady, generally 1 or 2 points higher than the Boveda rating (I use 62% Bovedas).

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I just made my first effort at converting a broken beverage fridge into a humidor. My efforts were not as elaborate or impressive as yours and I have gained a ton of insight from your post. Instead of the custom shelving, I bought some affordable trays that I rest on top of the OEM plastic shelves. For humidification I currently use 3 large boveda 65%. It has held a constant 65 at 67-70 f (which is the temp I keep my house). I figure the cedar trays and boxes will provide sufficient buffer albeit without the performance of your rig or the additional pleasing aroma you should be getting off of all that wood. 

Of note, I'm interested in the aluminum tape you used to plug the penetrations. I presume that refers to whatever vents and openings existed for the air circulation/refrigeration unit? What effect if you did not plug them? 

My biggest regrets/thoughts on my current project are: 1) there is oxidation/mineral deposits in between the two panes of glass on the door that were there when the fridge broke. Getting a new door is too expensive and accessing the area to clean it seems ridiculously hard for low functioning cigar guys like myself. I wish I could get rid of the spots; 2) I would like to add some lighting.. perhaps an led strip along the inner rim of the door glass. But, it seems cheap and it will add more wires; 3) I wonder if I should block the light coming through the glass; and, 4) would I appreciate the additional usefulness and aesthetic appeal of a newly purchased over priced box of metal that actually works and has fancy options and is pretty to stare at while my wife calls me stupid for gazing at boxes of cigars so often. A friend recommended a liebherr unit, but the only one they have seems too small.

 

Your build is quite exceptional. Love all that cedar and your wood skills. Thanks for sharing. Also, score on the viking! 

 

 

 

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On 7/3/2022 at 6:33 PM, Islandboy said:

After stripping the interior down to the plastic shell, I use aluminum duct tape to seal all penetrations through the shell. 

I would not have thought to tape the holes, good idea.

But, now that it's all cleaned out, I swear it has a faint "plastic" smell.  Any thoughts on whether that smell is normal or, if not, whether the addition of Spanish cedar would cover that smell?  In the meantime, I've dropped some activated charcoal in the fridge to absorb whatever odoriferousness that may be in there. 

Spanish cedar is on order and I am currently working on prepping the fridge and finalizing the plans for some simple Spanish cedar shelving.  Que estantería.

 When this is all said and done, it may have been cheaper to just buy one of the $1000 - $2000 new wineadors.  The wood is expensive (espcially for Spanish cedar) and I have several hours of unskilled craftsmanship poured into this labor-of-love.

 

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On 9/16/2022 at 7:29 PM, Lamboinee said:

I would not have thought to tape the holes, good idea.

But, now that it's all cleaned out, I swear it has a faint "plastic" smell.  Any thoughts on whether that smell is normal or, if not, whether the addition of Spanish cedar would cover that smell?  In the meantime, I've dropped some activated charcoal in the fridge to absorb whatever odoriferousness that may be in there. 

Spanish cedar is on order and I am currently working on prepping the fridge and finalizing the plans for some simple Spanish cedar shelving.  Que estantería.

 When this is all said and done, it may have been cheaper to just buy one of the $1000 - $2000 new wineadors.  The wood is expensive (espcially for Spanish cedar) and I have several hours of unskilled craftsmanship poured into this labor-of-love.

Going this route is definitely a labor of love, I’m sure there are less expensive ways to go about it :yes:

There will be a plastic smell for sure, and yes, the Spanish cedar liner is meant to get rid of that, along with providing a humidity sink and buffer. and the warm look of wood.

One word of caution if you plan to use short screws to attach the spanish cedar to the sides, top, etc - evacuate the refrigerant first. There are arrays of small, rigid refrigerant lines lurking just on the other side of the plastic liner in certain places. Puncturing these lines if still charged will result in a spray of refrigerant oil on your otherwise pristine spanish cedar. I know these things, unfortunately.

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18 hours ago, Islandboy said:

One word of caution if you plan to use short screws to attach the spanish cedar to the sides, top, etc - evacuate the refrigerant first. There are arrays of small, rigid refrigerant lines lurking just on the other side of the plastic liner in certain places. Puncturing these lines if still charged will result in a spray of refrigerant oil on your otherwise pristine spanish cedar. I know these things, unfortunately.

No worries about the refrigerant my friend.... I'm all leaked out abruptly when I chop through the tubing with some pliers and ripped out the refrigeration components with fashionably wanton disregard for my own safety. Luckily the cedar was not installed yet and I was in a well ventilated area to dispell the refrigerant. Great tips thanks! 

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