Plan Your Room
Things to think about when planning:
- What will the total cubic feet of the cigar room be (LxWxH)?
- What size exhaust fan do you need? The answer to this is based on your total cubic feet above and an assumption that you want air changes every 1-2 minutes. See the Exhaust Fan page for how to calculate this.
- What size ducting do you need? This will be based on what the exhaust fan you picked above dictates.
- Where will the ducting be located? Ideally the intake run starts low in the room and the exhaust run starts in the center of the ceiling.
- Where and how can the necessary wiring be run?
- What needs to be done in the room to ensure its mostly hard surfaces that won’t absorb smoke? Tile or hardwood floors should be utilized in favor of carpet, the chairs should be leather rather than cloth, etc.
Purchase Required Materials
The photos in the links above are a combination of both rooms I have built.
The prices I paid for my most recent cigar room. The total is slightly over $1500. There are additional minor expenses (i.e. wiring, screws, electrical box and switch, wall plate, wood, etc.) but you can still roughly assume your materials for the room can be purchased for $2000 or less if your build is similar to my own.
If you outsource the construction of the room, a general contractor who is used to installing ducting runs or an HVAC specialist make good choices since so much of the project relates to ducting.
Install Exhaust Fan
I recommend using an inline exhaust fan, which means it’s installed within the ducting run rather than at the very end. This allows you to install the exhaust fan outside of the room vs directly overhead. Directly overhead would be loud and would likely not fit in most rooms.
For more information visit the Exhaust Fan page.
Install Duct Heater
The duct heater is installed within the fresh air intake ducting run. It can be vertically or horizontally mounted, I’ve done both.
Once you pick a spot on the wall for your controls to be located you’ll need to run electrical wiring to the exhaust fan and duct heater.
The bottom of the door should be sealed as well as the where the door jam and door meet all around.
Your room’s lights are also worth looking at closely. If you have recessed lighting for example, you’ll want to ensure the casings do not leak air into an adjacent room as that would be a point for smoke to leave the room.
If you have HVAC vents (i.e. intake or cold air return) these should also be reviewed. Even if they are shut there are gaps around the open/close levers where smoke can escape and feed to the rest of your house. For that reason I choose flat vents without open levers and I place magnetic vent covers over them to create a nice seal when I want them closed. When I want them open it’s as easy as removing the magnetic cover.
Connect Air Purifier
This is as simple as plugging in your air purifier to a wall outlet. I recommend Csonka Air Purifiers. The air purifier is just used after you are done exhausting the room to help get rid of any smoke that somehow stuck around. The Csonka unit produces ozone which neutralizes the smell of smoke. This unit does not need to be utilized when you are actively in the room smoking, but it is extremely important to run after you are done.