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Wineador is FINISHED!!!

Hey everyone,

I know there were a couple people that were wanting to follow my wineador build. Instead of starting a thread and posting here and there, I thought I would just do it all at once.

I started with a Vinotemp VT-26, I know it's not the 28 model that is most popular, I just could not pass up the price. image

Once I got it home I removed all the pull out trays except for the one that displays the temp as it was hard wired in.image

I then let it air out for the next few days. Right when I though the plastic smell was gone, I stuffed it with newspaper and left it over night. I checked the next morning and found that the smell was back and stronger then ever. I bought some non sented dish soap and a couple of Mr.Clean scrubing pads from target and went to town cleaning the inside. Once I was done, I let it sun dry for a couple hours. I repeated this step the following day as well.

I plugged up the drain hole with a rubber gromet I picked up from Home Depot in their sink repair department. It fit perfect. I then went down to the local B&M and got some empty cedar boxes that Im using for storage. I filled a new spray bottle with distilled water and lightly sprayed the in and outside of the boxes. Once done I wiped the excess with a clean wash cloth and placed the boxes in the wineador to let them start to season and to fill the wineador with that awesome cedar smell. Over the next few days while the boxes were doing thier thing I ordered two digital hygrometers and 2 1/2 pounds of beads from Cigarmony.com (who's customer service and price by the way, kills Heartfelts). One pound of the beads was bulk, the rest I ordered in different containers.

Once all the beads and the hygrometers came in I put everything inside the wineador plus a cigar oasis xl that I already had. Since this wineador is compressor run, not thermoelectric, I had to watch the cooler cycle to see what the RH drop was going to be when the compressor was cooling and what the recovery time was. After a few days of fine tuning I finally transfered my sticks to the cedar boxes in the wineador. This is just a short summary of the project, I didn't want to boar everyone with a super long thread, so if anyone has questions or wants to know more, please feel free to ask here or shot me a PM. Here is the finished project. Thanks for reading.image

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    taythegibstaythegibs Posts: 2,025
    Looks good man!
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    The SniperThe Sniper Posts: 3,910
    Badass man! NICE job!

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    SmokindaddySmokindaddy Posts: 1,107
    Thanks guys!!!
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    KCWKCW Posts: 1,334 ✭✭✭
    Nice Job. Congrats!
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    JonnysmokesJonnysmokes Posts: 48
    Looks fantastic. I am currently sitting on the idea of doing a wineador a getting a monolith. Big gap in price but still contemplating.
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    SmokindaddySmokindaddy Posts: 1,107
    Jonnysmokes:
    Looks fantastic. I am currently sitting on the idea of doing a wineador a getting a monolith. Big gap in price but still contemplating.
    Honestly, since it is a compressor cooled unit it was a huge pain in the butt. But now that it's done, I love it.
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    JonnysmokesJonnysmokes Posts: 48
    Understood. My buddy is making it for me. He has done quite a few in his day so that will all be taken care of when I gt it
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    Medic45Medic45 Posts: 1,906 ✭✭✭
    That is badazz brother looks awesome......
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    RampMonkeyRampMonkey Posts: 1,808
    Looks great! Sweet looking unit too :D
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    SmokindaddySmokindaddy Posts: 1,107
    Thanks again guys!!!
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    90+_Irishman90+_Irishman Posts: 12,408 ✭✭✭✭✭
    NICE job Jason, lots of work but it paid off wonderfully!
    "When walking in open territory bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If they do not stop, destroy them."
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    catfishbluezzcatfishbluezz Posts: 7,000 ✭✭✭
    It is deceptively deep... I will be going this route when funds allow
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    Great job,

    I am struggling with the "compressor" type of cooling and the RH...

    How did you overcome the dramatic swings in RH?

    Thank you in advance.

    Bill
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    jadeltjadelt Posts: 763 ✭✭
    Looks great, unfortunately my winador is filled with the wifey's wine.
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    stephen_hannibalstephen_hannibal Posts: 4,317
    Smexy

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    catfishbluezzcatfishbluezz Posts: 7,000 ✭✭✭
    nightdiver:
    Great job,

    I am struggling with the "compressor" type of cooling and the RH...

    How did you overcome the dramatic swings in RH?

    Thank you in advance.

    Bill
    jason isn't around anymore, but he uses 2lbs of beads spread throughout and an electric hunidifier as well.
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    BigshizzaBigshizza Posts: 15,648 ✭✭✭✭✭
    catfishbluezz:
    nightdiver:
    Great job,

    I am struggling with the "compressor" type of cooling and the RH...

    How did you overcome the dramatic swings in RH?

    Thank you in advance.

    Bill
    jason isn't around anymore, but he uses 2lbs of beads spread throughout and an electric hunidifier as well.
    How's Jason doing?
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    Thanks catfish, but I just put the humidor inside our server room, and it is now unplugged and working perfectly... Too bad, it was very expensive at the time, (designed for cigar storage) and never has worked properly.

    Bill
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