New to the cigar hobby, but since buying my first cigar humidor early last year I have found my hobby growing faster then my humidor can accommodate. So no thanks to everyone in this forum I quickly was fascinated with the idea of doing a wineador build.
Thought I would share my current state and the steps I have gone through so far.
Step 1: The wine cooler I decided to go with the NewAir AW-180E for my build, for one the price point and second to hopefully curb what I could foresee a desire to rapidly fill a 28 count cooler. So for my wallet and marriage sake I went with the 18 bottle cooler.
Step 2: I made the decision to go with ordering drawers from Forrest. Couldn't resist how awesome his work looks on all of the different posts in this forum, a little pricey but I think well worth it. Have not seen a bad comment on the guy yet. So those are on order and have been eagerly waiting for almost 3 months now. Patience has not always been my best quality.
Step 3: Started to get the accessories that I wanted to go along with the build. I got the following:
- Heartfelt beads 65%, and a couple mesh bags that I picked up from the pet store
- Small 12v computer fan for air circulation. I used a old cell phone charger to wire up the fan. Was also able to fish the wire through the drain hole successfully. I have seen a lot of people have drilled a hole through the back of the cooler to run their wire so I was glad to not have to do that. I then just sealed off the drain hole on the back of the cooler with a hot glue gun.
- Jar of Activated charcoal to rid the cooler of the plastic smell. Got this at a pet store too, but have seen the same stuff for cheaper at Wal-Mart. Really did the trick I washed the insides out numerous times, aired it outside for days, and still couldn't get rid of the smell until I got the charcoal. Put a little in 3 different dishes put it in the cooler and let it run for a little over a week and problem solved.
- Decided to go with 2 Caliber IV hygrometers for monitoring my sticks. Already have one of these for my desktop humi and it works great. Highly recommend.
- I then got a timer to plug my fan in to that is set to turn on every 3 hours for 15 minutes to help with circulation.
Step 4: I was just going to wait for drawers to arrive and be done with it. But waiting I got a little anxious and decided to add one more thing to the Wineador. So I ordered some sheets of 3/8" Spanish Cedar to line Back, Bottom, and Top of the inside of the cooler. A little extra work but overall was pretty happy with how it turned out. Something new that I hadn't seen.
Again now I am just waiting for my drawers to arrive from Forrest so that I can finish off my build and give my sticks a new home. Hopefully this helps some other newbie or anyone with their wineador build.
Will post more pictures once the drawers arrive.