Anyone have experiences and advice to share on wine rooms like they sell on WE or IWA?
MJS, if you're looking for the most bottle storage at the lowest cost per bottle you would have a hard time finding a better solution. The wine rooms are very utilitarian so they don't look pretty like a cabinet but they more than get the job done. I'd recommend them.
I like it. No problems at all.
are there any particular brands to avoid or that are good?
Depending on time/tools/ability that you have, I would look into the cost of building your own versus buying one from the WE. Sounds like from the above posts that they are something to consider, though.
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If you go with a "knock down" wine room then I believe there are only 3 manufacturers in the U.S. Every one you see advertised buy from those 3 manufacturers. Here is a link to one that uses wood racking, heavy duty insulation, Breezaire cooling units, etc...:
I've had mine for 8 years, moved it across the country and reassembled it and it still works for me. Like others said, very economical and also is excellent here in Seattle where basements are not the norm (it's in my garage where my other car would be if I hadn't spent all my extra cash on wine to fill the cellar).
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I also live in Seattle and have a wine room in my garage. When I originally put it in, during the winter a few years back, it never ran, and it seemed like it was going to be truly economical. After last summer where we have a bunch of 90+ degree days, I started to wonder, because it seemed to run much longer, but also it took a long time (maybe 4 hours) to drop the temperature to the level where it would shut off. Do you see similar cycles?
tpb, I definitely notice the difference from winter to summer. I leave mine on all the time as it automatically shuts itself off and turns itself on when it needs to. It is a busy boy in the summer - there are weeks at a time when I swear it never shuts off. That's okay, cause as you know there is almost no AC here in the Seattle area, so when a really hot day comes around and I can't take it anymore I just go in there with a corkscrew and a glass
I have room in my basement for the wine room but I also use the area for TV viewing and game playing. The open area in the basement is all finished and is approximately 25x40'.
My questions are:
Can you exhaust the cooler into the area of a basement without having it heating the basement by hot exhaust?
How loud is the cooler?
The web site doesn't list any prices(I know they may have changed but I'm just looking for ranges) so what was the approximate cost for the size you folks have?
Do any of you have the wine room in your house instead of garage? If so what is your experience with noise and exhaust?
"Can you exhaust the cooler into the area of a basement without having it heating the basement by hot exhaust?"
Yes. You can duct it. However, it is generally recommend the area where it is discharged is at least as big as the size of the cellar and that it be within 20 degrees +/- of the cellar temperature. However, I've been assured that you can exceed the temperature range if you spring for the higher grade insulation and a beefed up cooling unit.
"How loud is the cooler?"
Loud. You'll be hitting the up volume button on your TV remote.
"The web site doesn't list any prices(I know they may have changed but I'm just looking for ranges) so what was the approximate cost for the size you folks have?"
Go to any other website such as Wine Enthusiast and you can get ballpark pricing. My room is the one that holds just under 2,000 bottles and with upgraded insulation and cooling units the price climbed to just a hair over $5,000.
"Do any of you have the wine room in your house instead of garage?"
Not me. Mine will be installed in the garage next week. Supposedly the shipping company picked it up from the manufacturer in California yesterday.
"If so what is your experience with noise and exhaust?"
As stated above, I'd expect it to be loud and it will warm the surrounding air. The key here is adequate ventilation. Have plenty of surrounding air available for discharge.
I agree with wineismylife, it is loud and would definitely interfere with TV watching at least from a volume perspective. I had it in my basement before we moved, but it was down there by itself. In the new place it's in the garage.
I have the one that holds just under 1,000 bottles and I bought it about 7 years ago and it was $3,500 (no upgrades).
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