How I Created My Pumidor

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How I Created My Pumidor

Postby TeaEye » Feb 16th, '09, 14:42

Living in Southern California I've been determined to figure out the best way to store my sheng at the proper humidity. We live in a small house so I couldn't allocate a room or even a closet. I finally came up with this solution - first of all I started with one of these "grow boxes" designed for hydroponic "gardening" (sorry for the crappy photo):

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For humidification I got a Hydra humidifier which is designed for cigar humidors. I also got the additional 3 fan upgrade.

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I didn't want to continually be opening up the contraption to check the humidity so I got this wireless Temperature/Humidity monitor:

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And hung the remote sensor from the top framework of the grow box:

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I had to figure out some kind of a shelving solution. I came up with this hanging canvas sweater organizer. I cut openings in the sides to facilitate air flow. It hangs perfectly from the crossbar at the top of the grow box.

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There is space on each shelf for 16 beengs:

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but I don't think the cardboard sitffeners are going to support that much weight for long. I'm still searching some kind of a shelving solution that will fit in the 16" x 16" footprint.

I'm not sure the external fans were a good idea. The wiring harness is too short to position them very far from the base unit.

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Here is the whole set up before I started loading it up with my stash:

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And here it is all zipped up and in its permanent home on the top shelf of a wire shelving unit in our office:

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As I sit here in the office I can here the fans buzzing away, and look over at my humidity monitor to see the room is at 58%, but it is 76% in the pumidor!

I am concerned about fresh air flow, mold, and ???

I look forward to your suggestions and comments.

[Thanks to Herb_Master for the instructions on embedding photos]

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Postby hop_goblin » Feb 16th, '09, 15:24

Now this is a very practical device! Congrats

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Postby silverneedles » Feb 16th, '09, 15:41

Wow! ingenious! very nice!
check the fan voltages, see if you can swap with bigger & slower fans that will be less noisy

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Postby shogun89 » Feb 16th, '09, 16:40

Very cool indeed. I think that as long as you open it up and air it out for about 5 minutes per day mold will not be a n issue. just keep an eye on it. usually if mold develops you can stop it before damage is done, if caught early.

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Postby Salsero » Feb 16th, '09, 16:46

Impressive as heck!

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Postby Drax » Feb 16th, '09, 17:46

Ha! Very awesome!! Much better use than storing shoes... :D

76% might be a little high....? I dunno... I'm setting mine to 68% at the moment.

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Postby JustinW » Feb 16th, '09, 20:47

Using that "grow box" was an excellent idea. I was thinking that kind of material might work good because of lack of odor, but I'm not sure. Does it have any smell to it?

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Postby TeaEye » Feb 16th, '09, 22:13

JustinW wrote:Using that "grow box" was an excellent idea. I was thinking that kind of material might work good because of lack of odor, but I'm not sure. Does it have any smell to it?


Minor odor when I first unpacked it, but completely neutral after the few days it took me to assemble all the components.

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Postby tony shlongini » Feb 17th, '09, 08:31

I dunno. It only holds eighty bings. :lol:

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Postby heatwaves » Feb 17th, '09, 18:02

MacGyver!!!

Incredible ingenuity.

Hey TeaEye, where did you get your Hydra Humidifier?? It's not a misting-type humidifier, correct? I'm in So Cal and would like to pick one up.

And one more question... how often do you have to refill the water reservoir?

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Postby TeaEye » Feb 17th, '09, 21:56

heatwaves wrote:MacGyver!!!

Incredible ingenuity.

Hey TeaEye, where did you get your Hydra Humidifier?? It's not a misting-type humidifier, correct? I'm in So Cal and would like to pick one up.

And one more question... how often do you have to refill the water reservoir?


I got it online from duquecigars.com (free shipping) - not misting - I haven't run it out of water yet, but I just went 4 days and it seemed to be about 1/2 gone - a little hard to tell because it uses that florist's foam to retain the distilled water in the cartridge.

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