How To Convert A Wine Cooler Into A Humidor

How To Convert A Wine Cooler Into A Humidor

Wine coolers and humidors have some basic elements in common, but their intended uses are vastly different. Wine coolers are designed to keep bottles of wine cold, while humidors are designed to keep cigars safe and flavorful with the right amount of moisture.

If you’re interested in converting your wine cooler into a humidor, there are 10 simple steps you can follow to make sure the conversion goes smoothly and safely.

1) What You Will Need

1. A wine cooler big enough to fit your cigars
2. A hygrometer
3. Boveda 72% humidity packs
4. A drill
5. A small fan
6. Some sandpaper
7. A humidor seasoning kit

2) Step 1 – Remove the Shelves From The Cooler

The first step is to remove any shelves that may be inside the cooler. This will give you more space to work with and make it easier to modify the cooler to fit your needs. If there are any removable shelves, set them aside as you’ll need them later.

3) Step 2 – Install Plugs and Shelves

Before you do anything else, you need to make sure your wine cooler is clean and dry inside. Then, begin by installing plugs into all the unused holes in the cooler. Once that’s done, measure and cut shelves to fit snugly inside the cooler. Be sure to leave enough space at the top for the humidifier.

First things first, install plastic bins on the wire shelves so you can separate them by size and brand. It may also be a good idea to place dividers between each row of bins if there isn’t any already built-in separation inside your container.

Place those bins right next to each other so they’re easier to access later on when you want one out of storage.

4) Step 3 – Drill Holes in the Doors

Before you begin, make sure that the wine cooler is unplugged and empty. Next, use a drill to make two holes in the top of the door large enough to fit your hygrometer probe and humidifier tubing through. If you’re not sure where to drill the holes, try to position them so that they won’t be visible when the door is closed.

Now it’s time to test your handiwork! Plug in the wine cooler and close the door. Insert the hygrometer probe into one of the holes and wait 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, check the reading on the hygrometer.

5) Step 4 – Install Trim on the inside of the Doors

Installing trim on the inside of the doors is a simple way to give your wine cooler an upgrade. Not only does it look nicer, but it also helps to keep the door sealed tight. Here’s how you can do it in just a few steps:
1. Measure the inside of the door and cut the trim to size.
2. Apply adhesive to the back of the trim and press it into place.
3. Use a utility knife to score along the edge of the trim where it meets the door frame. This will help create a tight seal.
4. Repeat this process for all four sides of the door.

6) Step 5 – Cut Out Sections in Drywall

To ensure your humidor is airtight, you’ll need to cut out sections of drywall and seal them with silicone caulk. First, use a stud finder to locate the framing studs in the wall. Then, use a drywall saw to cut out rectangular sections around the studs.

Finally, apply a generous amount of silicone caulk around the edges of the cut-outs and smooth it out with your finger.

7) Step 6 – Mount the Glasses into their Frames

Now that the glasses are cut to size, it’s time to mount them into their frames. This is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the frame is big enough to accommodate the glass.

If it’s too small, the glass will be loose and could fall out. Second, use a strong adhesive to secure the glass in place. We recommend using something like Gorilla Glue or E6000. Third, be sure to wipe away any excess glue before it dries.

Fourth, once the glue is dry, insert the frame into the humidor and close the lid. Fifth, let the humidor sit for 24 hours so that the glue can fully cure.

8) Step 7 – Add Cork Flooring

If you want to ensure that your wine cooler is an effective humidor, cork flooring is a must. Not only does it look great, but it also provides an extra layer of protection against moisture. To install cork flooring, simply measure and cut the pieces to fit your wine cooler, then glue or adhesive-tape them into place.

9) Step 8 – Buy a Humidifier and Hygrometer

A humidifier is an essential component of any humidor, as it maintains the humidity levels inside the humidor at a consistent level. Hygrometers measure the humidity levels inside the humidor and are essential for knowing when to add water to the humidifier. It’s recommended that you get both a humidifier and hygrometer together.

10) Final Thoughts

A wine cooler can easily be converted into a humidor with just a few supplies and some basic knowledge. By following the above steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your cigars in no time. Plus, you’ll save money by not having to buy a separate humidor.

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I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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