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Pumbaa 11-21-2011 04:05 PM

Think I'm making a cheese cave today . . .
 
No plans, kind of a off the cuff gonna be in trouble with SWMBO finds out sort of deal . . . will post pictures as I go (sick so not sure how much I'll get done or how long it will take)

weirdboy 11-21-2011 04:20 PM

You mean an actual cave, or building one from a cooler, or you have a spare refrigerator?

How are you going to control humidity? I would love to do some kind of swamp cooler method like I do for beer, but the humidity is the factor holding me back so far.

Pumbaa 11-21-2011 04:29 PM

well a ice box on a shelf probably 18" x 18" by 36" (bigger then it sounds) a lot like my fermentation chamber. Should probably be able to hold EASILY 20 or so 2lbs cheeses.

Still working out humidity control, BUT my basement is normally at 60% to being with in the winter so thinking of using the green house method for that (crack a window if it gets too high)

Dont think I would want to build a actual cave at this house, now when I retire and move, I'm all over it . . .

well off to the Science and Surplus store and Home Despot. I'll be back with pictures and prices

ThickHead 11-21-2011 04:32 PM

I look forward to seeing how it turns out. I will probably be going in the same direction as the link below (for both meats and cheese):

Cured Meats: Key equipment piece #3: The curing chamber

runningweird 11-21-2011 04:41 PM

oh please let it be a cheese cave made out of an old fall out bunker!

Pumbaa 11-21-2011 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by runningweird (Post 3504964)
oh please let it be a cheese cave made out of an old fall out bunker!

Next house I'm gonna build a double level basement larger then the footprint of above ground structure, but not this time :(

Anyway back from shopping, picked up everything I'm gonna need . . .

First stop was one of my favorite stores American Science and Surplus Where you can get just about anything for a great price

headed over to the fan section
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-21114208.jpg

and grabbed one of these
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-21114313.jpg

then off to the AC/DC converters
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-21114417.jpg

for this bad boy
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-21114544.jpg

Pumbaa 11-21-2011 07:10 PM

they didnt have any thermostats today (can be hit or miss on their inventory) so off to Ace hardware for
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-21123845.jpg

Next stop is Home Despot for the polystyrene foam board
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-21121540.jpg


I didnt add in wire or liquid nails because I already had them so figure another $5 for that brings me up to about $50 in total

gonna start marking things out and then see how much I can get cut (if any) before I have to go get the kid from school.

rhoadsrage 11-21-2011 08:11 PM

here is some ideas
Cave 2

HexKrak 11-21-2011 08:34 PM

Wow! I wish I had one of those surplus stores near me!

... Maybe it's for the best though :P

Pumbaa 11-22-2011 04:05 PM

ok Cave/Cooler coming along nicely. I have it roughed in (nothing glued or wired) and it will hold 4 2liter bottles of ice and EASILY 16 2lbs cheeses (24 possible if I go 3 layers)

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q...1-22104924.jpg

Not sure if you can see it but there is a little bit of a gap in the top right corner I left in to run the wires and for a bit of ventilation. If it becomes a issue I'll fill it in. Thinking of putting the thermostat in that top right corner (by Pink Pankther's ear) then the fan to circulate the cold air in the top back (left side) of the cold chamber (near that pink blob above the owens corning block) with the intake in the bottom front(by the crumbs). I'm leaving the whole front panel unattached and will probably hold it in place with a velcro strip or a bungee or something (may have a latch or 2 around here somewhere)


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