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U-Boat Commander 10-06-2010 01:53 AM

My "Coolidor" Project
 
Having just purchased my custom designed Daniel Marshall humidor and in the need of a new project, Jamie's post of his massive cigar storage system put a bug in my butt to try to build a "coolidor". The goal was to simply and cheaply build a cooled and humidified cigar storage system that would hold cigars in boxes at a perfect 66 degrees and 65% humidity, which is ideal for aging cigars. I researched designs that I saw in various cigar forums. Many of them involved drilling through a wine cooler or building a cedar box to stuff inside a wine cooler or even replacing the electronics in a wine cooler. I wanted something more simple (and cheap). I actually wound up finding the best design not on a cigar forum, but on a forum for pot smokers!

I started off by purchasing a Vinotemp 28 thermoelectric wine cabinet for about $330. My research revealed that the thermoelectric wine cabinets were superior to those with compressors because the compressor models suck the humidity out of the air each time they run. The thermoelectric units do this to a much lesser degree (or not at all).

After I received the Vino, I ran an Enercell 12V 1500mA AC Adapter (basically a cell phone charger) that I got from Radio Shack through the drain hole in the Vino into the Vino (you need to cut the end of the charger wire off first or it will not fit through the drain hole). It was really easy to unscrew the tray and then run the wire into the Vino. Then I hooked up two Ultra Performance 120mm CPU fans that I bought at a computer store to the AC adapter by stripping and splicing the wires from the adapter and fans together with crimp-on butt connectors (also from Radio Shack). Then I plugged the adapter into a Leviton LT112-10W digital timer that I programmed to turn on every 30 mins for 7 minutes (you can program this timer in virtually any way you want).

Then I cut a 1/2" square bass wood pole that I got from a local art store into 2" wood posts and fitted them to the CPU fans with 1 1/2" machine screws from a local hardware store. The idea was to prop up the fans off the bottom of the Vino in order to actually get some air flowing from under the fans. If the fans are too close to the Vino, you're not really going to get any air through them.

Then I added to the bottom of the Vino a 6" x 9" teakwood tray that I picked up at Bed Bath & Beyond and filled it with a pound of 65% Heartfelt humidity beads and sprayed the beads with distilled water (using a water spray bottle also from BB&B) until the beads produced my desired range of humidity.

Lastly, I purchased four cedar shelves from Chasidor, which is a company that makes cedar shelves and trays specifically for coolidor projects.

I think this size Vino will hold a maximum of 16 boxes (mix of 8 robusto size boxes and 8 churchill sized boxes) or about 400 cigars in boxes. Not bad for a less than $450 investment and it doesn't look bad either (although not nearly as nice as my Daniel Marshall humi that will actually hold 500 cigars). I now have storage for around 1150 cigars. So when the apocalypse comes, I'll at least have some smokes! But I might have to make another coolidor soon as my stash grows larger by the week lately. . .

Here's a few pics of my set up.

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http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/...1f8a0efa_z.jpg
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ZAMIRZ 10-06-2010 02:15 AM

That's some dedication. Somehow I never took you as the DIY kind of guy, nice work. It sure beats some of the ghetto-looking coolidors on the cigar forums that guys make out of the Coleman beer/beverage coolers.

Alex 10-06-2010 02:40 AM

This is very relevant to my interests, thanks for sharing. I too did some research after Jamie's post. :D

Does the Vino have a lock on it?

U-Boat Commander 10-06-2010 02:42 AM


Originally Posted by ZAMIRZ (Post 727992)
That's some dedication. Somehow I never took you as the DIY kind of guy, nice work. It sure beats some of the ghetto-looking coolidors on the cigar forums that guys make out of the Coleman beer/beverage coolers.

^ Thanks. It wasn't too difficult to put together. Spent a night doing the research. Then a few clicks on the Internet and a trip to the hardware store and art store and I had all the parts. I only really needed to break out my power drill to drill guides on the wood fan posts and a pliers and a screwdriver to get it all together. It was a fun project.

U-Boat Commander 10-06-2010 02:46 AM


Originally Posted by Alex (Post 727998)
Does the Vino have a lock on it?

It does not and I don't know whether you can get one with a lock. You should call Vinotemp customer service and ask them if they can do it if it's important to you.

You might also want to check out the Edgestar 28 and the Avanti 28. Both are very similar to the Vino, and Chasidor makes cedar shelves for all three brands.

LABrit 10-06-2010 03:32 AM

I'm impressed. Thing is, wtf do you need more than even 50 cigars for?

U-Boat Commander 10-06-2010 03:42 AM


Originally Posted by LABrit (Post 728015)
I'm impressed. Thing is, wtf do you need more than even 50 cigars for?

I like to be fully provisioned -- beer, wine, liquor and cigars (condoms and ammo too).

jox 10-06-2010 03:43 AM

Wow, I guess you are not completely useless after all!

U-Boat Commander 10-06-2010 04:25 AM


Originally Posted by jox (Post 728018)
Wow, I guess you are not completely useless after all!

I did take Woodshop in junior high . . .

jox 10-06-2010 04:27 AM


Originally Posted by U-Boat Commander (Post 728024)
I did take wood in junior high . . .

Tell us something we don't know . . .


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