So after watching a few youtube videos about higher end Humidors I saw that they were a holistic climate control gig, hot and cold etc.
So I thought'd bugger it, I'm putting the heater in. My biggest concern was after the heater had knocked off, how long would it continue to radiate heat for? And would that take it over my temp threshold and kick the cooler in. Well I'm happy to report that the heat mat only continues to raise the temperature by .2 / .4 of a degree f after being turned off.
So my temp is set to 67 +/- 1 degree (so 66 / 6
and it'll stop heating at 67 and then climbs to say 67.2 and then holds solid.
I've got a boveda butler in there now but I've been having some issues with the calibration (i didn't take the film off the front of the sensor for the first calibration :-/ my bad) however it is showing solid temps +/- 1 degree although mostly it holds solid at 68 overnight (where the temps get into the minuses in my house) and during the evenings it's cooling whilst we've got the heat on. Overall I'm very happy, my goal here is a consistent environment for my sticks.
So I've got the goods in there now and have ordered some spanish cedar to make some shelves, I'm not making draws yet as I'm rocking loose sticks and boxes in the future so draws aren't really needed yet.
To get the heat mat and LEDs wired in I had to drill two holes:
Which I sealed up with some non toxic aquarium sealant front and rear, I also plugged the drain at this point:
I then got the heat mat plumbed into the thermostat controller and adjusted the inline temperature adjustment to give a nice low heat just enough to make the internal temps climb, the joy of this feature is I can ramp it up when the weather gets really cold and turn it down or off when it's summer time:
I also fitted two RGB LED Strips to the front glass as the internal LED is useless. I cut the wiring connectors off of these and then used house alarm wire (it was 8 core and I needed 8 wires in total so made sense!)
and this is the result so far, shelves still to come and Ill update on those when I get the wood and make them!
and as I say it's rock solid, 65% RH at the bottom 68% at the top.
I've got a Humifan velcroed to the back at the bottom to shoot air up to the top every 15 minutes for 15 seconds which in my mind will create a swirling vortex with the power to equalise the top and bottom RHs but right now as my Humidor is in there with the lid open it doesn't really do it's magic, but I'm happy with the 65-68RHs, 2%RH deviation top to bottom is tolerable for me right now.
The butler is at the top because I'd rather know the worst case state of the Wineador, if it's over RH or too hot etc that reading will come from the top first not the bottom so.. Yeah it's sat snug at the top. I may get another at some point but right now I'm happy with the build and where it's at. Just need this cedar to turn up and finish a big project at work first. Travelling to Belgium next week for work for a week so in the Wineador I trust whilst I'm away!
Feedback, questions etc all welcomed!
Much love guys