Fridgador Conversion (yeah, porn)


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Hello All, in my newbie introduction post, I made mention of a homebuilt humi. Following was a request to see pictures of said humidor. While not the beautiful work of art that SmokinAl masterfully builds, it's been a stable place for my smokes to rest going on 2 years now.

I'm not sure if this post belongs here, or in the humi tutorial page. If need be, I'm sure I could copy/paste it there. Mods, just say the word. :)

When I first start smoking cigars, I only had a Tupperdor with some cedar scraps and some humidifiers to keep 'em in. It wasn't long before I had to start thinking about a bigger home for my 'gars, as it was getting tough to close the lid any more.

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I'm a home-brewer, and I keg my beer instead of bottling it. I managed to ruin a small dorm-fridge by drilling a hole in it's top to install a draft tower. With recycling in mind, I got to thinking.....

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Egads that carpet!

I began by removing all chill-related parts and had the refrigerant removed. Everything MUST go! All the holes were caulked, save for the hole in the lid I now use as a breather for the box, so as not to have to "burp" the humi too often. I ordered up some Spanish Cedar sheeting, and lined the interior of the old fridge as much as I could. I even replaced the door panel with Cedar (what a pain that was).

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There was good electrical wiring running from the back of the fridge to where the temp controller once was. A perfect place to install a surface-mount electrical outlet for a humidifier and interior lighting. Easy!

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Looking a bit plain, eh? I had some empty cigar boxes, and decided I'd take the lids off and use them to dress up the door a bit. I used some non-toxic wood glue and clamped them into place till it cured. Oh, and don't be mislead by the "Acid" box. It came empty, and that's as close as I'll ever get to one. Amost done!

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All that was left was to install the humidifier and lighting, season, then stock this baby. A Cigar Oasis XL fit the humidifier bill, and some LED under cabinet lighting from Sprawl*Mart handled the illumination perfectly. Being a bit of a pirate, I stuck a sticker related to another favorite online forum on the outside of the door. The MCLMM-ador was born!

AVAST!

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Stuffed!

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Packed correctly, it'll house a few hundred boxed cigars, and many loose in the lower drawer. Humidification is best in the middle, and about 55% in the drawer. If I plan ahead, I can simply move a stick from the drawer to a location a bit more moist for future smoking. I've had no problems with this application whatsoever. Just have to remember to occasionally check the humidifier and top it off with distilled water. Any time I extract a stick, this check is made. The boxes are a bit tight, but not so much that getting one out is a chore.

Thanks for looking folks.

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I'm a home brewer myself and I love this kegerator. Is that the 4.9cuft kenmore? I never got around to having a kegerator... I just put my cornis in the fridge and be damned about a crisper... or middle shelf.

Congratz on the fridgeador conversion. It looks great. The only thing its missing is a few boxes of Partagas!

Oh WAIT!!! I do recognize that fridge... its got a compressor unit on it! Compressor units do NOT make good humidors as the compressor will cause wild swings in humidity when they turn on. They'll suck the humidity out as its circulating the air! Even if you use an external temperature regulator like you would for a chest freezer to use as a fermentor the compressor will still have a big effect!

I use a wine cooler that is cooled by a thermoelectric cooling unit that doesn't directly compress the air and thus helps maintain a steady humidity level.

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Kilroy, the fridge was a Sanyo 4912. Discontinued I believe. AFAIK the Kenmore 4.9 was the same thing with a different brand badge on it. The 4912 can be found on Ebay on occasion. Since then, I have built a kegerator from a 7 cu.ft. GE chest freezer. :ok:

As for the Partagas.....sigh :-|

*EDIT* I completely gutted this fridge, no compressor, no temp control whatsoever. My man-cave is controlled at 70* year round, and the temp inside and outside this humi is constantly monitored. I'm covered.

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» Do I see a box of Acid cigars in there? Those flavored jobs?

»Oh, and don't be mislead by the "Acid" box. It came empty, and that's as close as I'll ever get to one.

As I stated, never smoked one of those nasty smelling things. I got a lot of empty boxes from a retailer, and that's how I acquired the box, sans cigars. It smelled like a bong shop, can't imagine what an Acid cigar actually tastes like. Wretch!

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