Hey Puff! I figured I'd document my wineador experience here for all to see.
My cigar smoking history is undoubtedly like many before me. I started smoking years ago the odd cigar here and there. I eventually got to the point where I was smoking frequently enough that I needed to keep a bunch on hand so I bought a 50ct humidor. Then the bug really hit me and, within a few months, the humidor was full. I was also starting down the dark path and predicted picking up boxes soon and so a 50qt cooler was the next step. But that's gradually filled up and it's not all that greatest for storing anything aside from boxes you plan on aging (in my opinion anyway). It can be a pain digging through everything in there when you want something to smoke. Plus my apartment gets pretty hot in the summer months when the AC isn't running in the day when no one's home. I wanted something with a bit more control. The next step was plain - wineador.
I'm a cheap bastard. A brand new wineador of the size I want would cost $250-300. That's a lot of money spent on something that I could rather spend on cigars. How can I possibly lessen that? Buy used! To Craigslist I went and began my search. Plenty of stuff was on there, but most weren't asking for a lot less than the price would be brand new or the appliance was too big/small. Then I discovered this guy.
Well that's it in my house now. But it was listed on CL for $25 because the seller said it had just stopped working on them one day. They were in the process of moving and didn't want it anymore. I went and checked it out in person. There wasn't much in the listing's description so I was under the assumption it was a thermoelectric cooler and that the problem was a bad capacitor or Peltier unit. This turned out to be a bad assumption because I discovered upon arrival that it was basically a glorified mini-fridge that runs on a compressor.
Even though this was a slight wrinkle, I still forked over the $25 and took it home. I figured it was only $25 if I couldn't get it to work and it would be a great learning experience.
Stay tuned for more!