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Hello all. I just got a job that has a large humidor cabinet in it, roughly 6’ tall by 3’ wide. I have never build a humidor cabinet before. I was thinking I could build a frameless plywood box, line it with Spanish cedar paneling, put a few cedar slat shelves in it, and use some kind of gasket material to seal the glass doors(might have to have lapped doors where the two meet in the middle). I did a little internet research and I’ll need a humidifier and a hygrometer. I’m not sure how to incorporate those items, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or lessons learned they could share. Thanks
The humidifier will have to be very large. Likely very expensive.
Your best bet it to build it to house several of these.
It better be air tight or the customer will not be happy.
I do have a full base cabinet under the humidor cabinet that I could house the humidifier(‘s) in. I did not include the hydrometer or humidifier in my estimate. One thing I am trying to figure out is will the glass get condensation on the inside because of the high humidity? Or will the cedar absorb it?)
We built a few climate controlled cabinets a while back and dehumidification was the larger concern with these but during that investigation we came across several humidor humidifiers that seemed extremely reasonable. Some of the high end units were around 200.00 with digital controls and reservoirs that would last for very long periods. Oasis Magna just came up on a search for around 200 bucks. Would seem if your customer is really into cigars it would be a cheap addition.
At 70% RH internal I wouldnt think you'd have any condensation problems to speak of especially with a controller style unit that would output zero when none is needed.
We have done a few large humidors, and the equipment went into the enlarged toe space on one, and above the top - in the Cornice on another. Then there was the 32' diameter wine cellar with a humidor. As you stated, weatherstripped door, isolated walls and back, all wood to be Cedrola and unfinished. Get a good hygrometer and good components. Let an expert spec the things you are not familiar with, then make it work.
The photo is a humidor amidst 11 wine cabinets that make a 32' diameter room. The cabinet is about 7' tall, 30" wide and 24" deep. A few drawers, tilted shelves, box storage, etc, and there is more smoke in there that an Prince Albert's place.
David, what is Cedrola? And when you say isolated walls, what do you mean? I was thinking about taking prefinished plywood and applying Spanish cedar in tongue and groove form with a health expansion gap, to the inside walls of the box. Your thoughts?