I jumped on the bandwagon last night and ordered a scratch and dent Koldfront (Edgestar) 28 bottle wine chiller from OpenBoxDirect for $88 shipped.
It was a good deal, so I figured why not. I had planned on making a Wineador anyways and that was just too good a price to pass up.
I've been reading a lot about the various steps that need to be taken to remove the plastic smell, so I'm going to try to do it the slow way with lots of carbon ink newspaper and a wash of baking soda and water.
I'm still not sure exactly how I want the drawers to be set up, but I'm forming ideas for some various customizations that should make it pretty.
I'm thinking of getting a set of Forrest drawers with cherry or lacewood fronts, but I also need to find a local guy who can do a slip-frame cabinet front for the door so I can have it match the drawers I end up with. The guy I was going to use isn't dong wood work any more so now I have to find someone I have to pay (drat).
I plan on replacing the lighting with some personal drawer lighting and seeing if I can get Forrest on board with placing some hygrometer sized holes in the fronts of one or two of the drawers so I don't have to stick the hygrometers TO the drawer face, but just insert it with a rubber gasket to friction fit it into place.
I'm trying to decide on the optimal set up for using either RH beads or kitty litter with a small fan and am thinking that since I'm pretty good with electronics, I can whip up a small 120mm area fan with a rheostat to push air around near silently.
The one thing that has me wondering is that I hear that the internal fan for all of these chillers has a tendency to not be good for even cello wrapped cigars, so that means I should probably stick a shelf in front of the cooling fan instead of having a drawer there that the air can move around against. Maybe I'm overthinking that, since he obviously makes 5 drawer setups that include a drawer in front of that fan area.
This is my thinking and build thread, so if I ramble, or talk to myself, you'll know why.