With anti-smoking regulations rampant across the United States, it has become increasingly more difficult to find a place to kick back, relax, and light up your favorite cigar. As I speak with more and more enthusiasts, I’ve learned that several have, or are developing, their own “cigar den.” Some fanatics have grandiose plans of a wet bar and a TV, while others prefer an espresso machine and a quiet place where they can read. Preference aside, proper ventilation is key for anyone building a cigar den and should be the first consideration before customizing the space. Just cracking a window won’t get the job done if you (or your spouse) want to be sure the rest of your home doesn’t smell of cigars. When it comes to installing a ventilation system, it can be done professionally or as a great “do it yourself project.” Read on to learn the basics of ventilation in three easy steps that will have you lighting up your cigars year-round in the comfort of your own home.
The first and most important consideration is an exhaust system to ensure the smoke is moving out of the room and out of your home. The necessary power needed to properly run your exhaust system is solely dependent on room size, but I found that an attic fan is an ideal solution for almost any standard-sized room. They can be purchased at most home improvement stores and install easily into the ceiling with little effort. Naturally, go with a professional system if you can.
2. Channeling the Smoke
Once the exhaust fan is installed, you’ll need to get the smoke directed outside. If you have access to an attic or roof overhead, some insulated ducting can channel the airflow out through a vent in the roof. If you don’t have access, not to worry, you would channel out the side of the house. No matter which you choose, the ducting must be insulated both to fray some of the noise created by the fan but also to prevent condensation resulting from differences in temperature along the route.
3. Clean Air In
Getting the smoke out of the room is merely half the equation; getting fresh air into the room is paramount to ventilating your cigar den. This can be accomplished by simply utilizing existing vents and returns already in place for the room’s HVAC, by opening a window, or even a combination of the two. Ideally, the air being pulled in should come from a vent or window across the room from the exhaust fan to maximize the efficiency of the system.
While the above three considerations cover the nuts and bolts of getting a ventilation system into your cigar den, there are plenty of other add-ons to consider such as a sealed door with a sweep, heaters for the air coming in, and perhaps additional air purifiers (floor units) to clean the air quality once you are done enjoying your cigar. The beauty of building your own cigar sanctuary is that each room and situation is different; every individual has specific needs. But once your ventilation system is in place, the fun really begins as you add a space for other pleasures that complement your cigar experience.