During the past year, I have been working on finishing a couple of rooms in the unfinished basement of our home. Until last fall, it was more piddling than really working but once the weather started turning cold, I decided one of the rooms should be able to also serve as a cigar room. So the research began. This week, the room will be drywalled and finished (which are tasks I had no interest in completing myself). Next week is painting.
I had a few requirements that I wanted to meet with this cigar room:
- The exhaust amount must be no less than half the cubic footage of the cigar room, theoretically replacing room air once every two minutes.
- The exhaust fan and make-up air heater must be located outside the cigar room to reduce noise within the room.
- The ductwork should have as few turns and transitions as possible to allow for maximum air input and output.
Here are some of the specs for my room:
- Square Footage: 142
- Cubic Footage: Approx. 1200
- Surfaces: 2 Walls-Painted Dryboard, 2 Walls-Sealed & Painted Concrete, Floors-Stained Concrete
Here's the basic floorplan of my room, with ceiling joists and ductwork included. The room includes a 14-inch exhaust grille on the ceiling, which feeds into 8-inch round metal duct that is connected to an inline exhaust fan (Active Air 720 CFM). To reduce noise, the exhaust fan is located well outside the cigar room, near the exterior walls of the house. Make-up air will feed into the house through an inline duct heater (Electro Industries EM-WX0515R). The make-up air actually feeds into the ceiling of the guest room and into wall stack ductwork (between the studs) that feeds into the cigar room near the floor.
And here are the pre-drywall photos:
The interior of the room is ready for drywall.
You can see the 14-inch ceiling box where the exhaust grille will be located. I was not able to place this box in the center of the room because of the limited number of ceiling-joist channels available. However, I did place the make-up air vent on the opposite wall, which I expect to create an airflow across the room that will help clear the smoke.
Looking from the ceiling box along the ductwork to the exterior wall of the house. You can see the exhaust fan at the far side.
A closer view of the fan, which I've framed so I can partially enclose it in plywood to further reduce noise. When complete, I will place a damper in the ductwork between the fan the exterior wall. The fan will be controlled by a variable-speed switch (KB Electronics, 8-amp max).
The opposite wall of the room with the make-up air ductwork and vent (at the bottom of the ductwork).
This photo is taken from the other room, with the cigar room on the other side of the studs. From this angle, you can see the joist channel on the ceiling where the make-up air heater will be located (to the right of the round metal pipe at the top of the ductwork). The air will come in from the exterior, through a damper, into the heater, and then down into the cigar room.
I hope this post will help others who may be considering doing something similar in their own homes. It can be a bit of a challenge finding reliable information on the subject, but there are a few notable sites worth checking out (if you haven't seen them already). Web sites that I used while researching this project include:
- Ryan Deyer's Cigar Room: Ryan's site has become the standard for people looking for well-researched information, as well as the reasoning behind methods and components used to build this first-rate cigar room.
- Puff Posts: Where else would you find such a great collection of information. The search feature will locate quite a bit of information and experiences. I repeatedly visited this post: Exhaust Fans
- TV Programs: Not a lot of substance, but they're worth checking out for the sake of curiosity. Here are a couple of shows you can view online: DIY Network - Cigar Sanctuary, DIY Network - Outdoor Cigar Room
More photos to come as work progresses...