Hmm.. All good points - I had been planning to use neutral smelling wood but I keep leaning more and more toward stainless steel.
Wood is very fertile soil for mold.
lordsbm wrote:Why not just use a wine cooler or a dry cabinet then mod it. It'll be much easier. Since both are made to store items in regulated temperature and humidity.
Just get those mini humidifier and additional fan (if required), simple wiring and vent out whatever odd smell.
Exempt wrote:A refrigerator is also made to keep things at a certain temp and humidity so it is essentially exactly the same. I don't understand why it would be easier. I just threw some humidity beads in and a fan. That was all. It took 5 minutes to set up and arrange all the tea. It stays at a constant 70%rh and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, no weird smells, not too much airflow, no exposure to light, no exposure to outside smells. It works great and requires almost no upkeep. Also, if I wasn't clear, the refrigerator isn't on. I simply use it as a storage cabinet. I chose a fridge because it is airtight, insulated, and uses food grade, non mold, scent less plastic. (Also because I got it for 15 bucks off Craigslist)
Exempt wrote:The refrigerator I am using now is unused and has no smell besides the smell of puerh it is trapping. The cigar humidity beads regulate the humidity perfectly with no fluctuations, this combined with the airtight nature makes it totally temp and humidity regulated. I have two hygrometers in different area so I can make sure the airflow create by the fan makes an even environment. Like I said, it's perfect for me because I spent less than 75 dollars on it and it is totally regulated with little to no upkeep. I've been nothing but happy with it for almost half a year and it performs very well. It would be so nice to just stick them in a box. Unfortunately my house is around 66 degrees and 40% humidity.
gingkoseto wrote:Could be a nice experiment. But maybe a few things need to be specified. Such as, whether it's a humidity-promoted pumidor in a dry place, or it's a humidity controlled pumidor in a damp place, or a humidity controlled pumidor with about same humidity as its environment (such situation may not exist because maybe nobody wants to put work in such a thing), or it's a pumidor whose humidity can't be tracked or controlled. All considerations of above (or choice of not considering them) will depend on what question you would like to answer by running the process.
Exempt wrote:I do have a fan, but no matter what kind of container you use, whether it's a fridge like I use or the things you recommended, the tea aromas will intermingle. Evan is right though, we totally thread jacked this, HaHa
lordsbm wrote:Exempt wrote:I do have a fan, but no matter what kind of container you use, whether it's a fridge like I use or the things you recommended, the tea aromas will intermingle. Evan is right though, we totally thread jacked this, HaHa
Not really, the normal way most people (tea shop, tea factory, tea warehouse) store tea that'll be aged is spitting them into different boxes. The boxes are sufficient to keep the smell within without getting mixed. Meaning one fridge too little
The above comment is valid for the thread, as it's the basic of any form storage Of cos if you pulled the topic back to ur experiment it becomes jacked again j/k