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onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
I am going to be moving before too much longer and will have to build a closet in what wil be my new office in order to have some place for my cigars. It occurred to me that this would be the time to do a small walk-in (280 cu. ft.) I am in the R&D phase of this project now, the actual construction doesn't worry me, I have done wine cellars and it's basically the same process. 
I have been researching electric humidifiers and they are not cheap, so my first question, is anyone familiar with the Trion humidifiers? These are the least expensive that I have found but I don't know if I would be comfortable with something that blows a mist close to my cigars.
I can build this to where it is airtight and am wondering if I could simply use KL and water jars? does anyone have experience with the large cabinets or a small walk- in that is not electronic?
What are y'all's thoughts? 

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  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    Personally I was researching a bunch a while ago and did build some big electronic humidifiers. Pretty much I did it this way...I bought 5 gal buckets and digital hygrometer/rh regulators. Packed them with beads and hooked up a bigger computer fan to the low voltage. It cost me about $40 for the set up and works just fine when calibrated and tweeked
    Money can't buy taste
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 7,567 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't have direct experience, Nathan, but depending on how often you open the door to walk in, I doubt that KL would be able to recover.

    As far as a misting humidifier, if you run purified water through it, you should be OK.

    Sounds like a great project... 5' x 7' by my calculations.
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  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @lee.mcglynn I like this, don't know why I always overlook the simplest design
    @peter4jc very close my friend 4x10 with 7' ceiling, I have seen the Trion in action and you can actually see the mist it puts out, it might be okay in a larger room, I'm just not sure about smaller space and they are still a few hundred bucks, I don't mind spending the cash, I just can't afford too make an expensive mistake.
  • CharlieHeisCharlieHeis South DakotaPosts: 6,105 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'd be wary of a mist as well. I'd see if Lee's idea works for you before going the other route. I'd rather have an extra $40 invested and find out I need to go the more expensive way than the other way around. 
  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah I dislike the misters especially when you see it going right onto cigars! I'd keep it simple and see what works. The one draw back to what I did was since its beads you need to use distilled water which can get expensive in the long run. 
    Money can't buy taste
  • 90+_Irishman90+_Irishman Loveland, COPosts: 12,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree with Lee and everyone else, not a fan of the mist too dangerous and likely to cause mold and other issues I would imagine especially that close to a cigar spitting it out! I like the idea that Lee came up with though, sounds promising!

    Brett
    "When walking in open territory bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If they do not stop, destroy them."
  • onestrangeoneonestrangeone Austin, TxPosts: 2,444 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yeah I really like Lee's idea as well, already have a plan of sorts and will put together a prototype this afternoon and start testing and tweaking it.
  • 90+_Irishman90+_Irishman Loveland, COPosts: 12,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Awesome, keep us in the loop Nate can't wait to see how this comes out!

    Brett
    "When walking in open territory bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If they do not stop, destroy them."
  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah I really like Lee's idea as well, already have a plan of sorts and will put together a prototype this afternoon and start testing and tweaking it.
    Just FYI I used a 5gal bucket with a 2inch hole for the fan and used a 3/4 inch Pvc pipe for the inlet. I put it 3/4 of the way down in the bucket. I used beads off eBay and the were the beads orbeez makes. You can get a pounds worth for under $20. A pound should do just fine! Good luck and hope it works for you
    Money can't buy taste
  • NorthsideSmokeNorthsideSmoke Not Waconia MNPosts: 512 ✭✭✭✭
    Wow, that is awesome. How would you like to have something like that in operation for a decade?
  • Ryan1990Ryan1990 NCPosts: 526 ✭✭✭✭
    That is freakin' sweet
  • 90+_Irishman90+_Irishman Loveland, COPosts: 12,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Now THAT is the right way to do it hot damn! Love the look and the function has to be perfect!

    Brett
    "When walking in open territory bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If they do not stop, destroy them."
  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    The sad part is most of us would fill it and still have coolers and wine fridges going! I know I coule prob fill it with half of what I have. But it does look nice
    Money can't buy taste
  • matkn293matkn293 O'Fallon, MOPosts: 3,604 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Did you just most the beads every so often or what did you do with the distilled water?  What the regulator did you use?

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  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    I got a cheap regulator off fleabay and just add water as needed. I made a couple for people and one for a b&m. I used the pvc as a dip tube so it would make the air go out from close to the bottom.
    Money can't buy taste
  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    For the b&m I used the foam since they don't use distilled water
    Money can't buy taste
  • jbohonjbohon Woodland, CaPosts: 1,050 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Personally I was researching a bunch a while ago and did build some big electronic humidifiers. Pretty much I did it this way...I bought 5 gal buckets and digital hygrometer/rh regulators. Packed them with beads and hooked up a bigger computer fan to the low voltage. It cost me about $40 for the set up and works just fine when calibrated and tweeked
    I'd love to see how you put the electronics together for this.  

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  • Lee.mcglynnLee.mcglynn HahahahaaaaaPosts: 5,993 ✭✭✭✭
    jbohon said:
    Personally I was researching a bunch a while ago and did build some big electronic humidifiers. Pretty much I did it this way...I bought 5 gal buckets and digital hygrometer/rh regulators. Packed them with beads and hooked up a bigger computer fan to the low voltage. It cost me about $40 for the set up and works just fine when calibrated and tweeked
    I'd love to see how you put the electronics together for this.  
    It's actually very simple if you know anything about high and low voltage. If you don't I'm sure YouTube has a good walk through. Pretty much there is supply volts control volts and that's about it
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  • jbohonjbohon Woodland, CaPosts: 1,050 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I understand the high and low voltage part.  Did the hygrometer have a low voltage (12/24V) output for the CPU fan?  That seems like it would be a much more cost efficient way of regulating a larger cabinet as well (with a smaller bead container and fan). I've been looking into a larger cabinet and this seems like a really great idea!

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  • jbohonjbohon Woodland, CaPosts: 1,050 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ok, now I get it.  I looked into the rh regulator and now it all makes sense.  Looks like I have a new project to tinker with! Woo Hoo!!!

    “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you [email protected]$# with me, I’ll kill you all.” -Gen. James Mattis, USMC
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