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Old 12-06-2018, 06:05 AM   #1
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Default Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

Hey everyone...
So there is another thread that was started recently about being able to smoke cigars in the winter. Iíve always just used the garage with my trusty space heater by my side - but letís face it, I always end up freezing my ass off. And donít let me get started about wrappers cracking! (The mere mention of the subject makes my stomach drop.)
So I just decided to buy an air filter, and a pricey one at that! Iíve had cheaper air filters in the past but had very little to no success with them. (One almost caught fire one time, apparently you get what you pay for.) I feel like with something like an air filter, you are better off buying nothing at all vs going the el cheaperino route...
But yeah so the air filter I went with is the Rabbit Air MinusA2 which I will post a link to at the bottom of this post. Does anyone have experience with this filter? Itís a sort of Christmas present to myself so I probably wonít use it until Christmas, but I am very much looking forward to doing so! The plan is to use it in a basement/cellar room with the door closed, in hopes to keep smoke from wafting out to other rooms...
But what about you? Do you use an air filter? If so which ones and what has your experience been with them?

https://www.rabbitair.com/pages/minusa2-air-purifier
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

No experience with Rabbit Air.

Before I had the smoking lounger built, I used to use a Csonka air purifier when my wife was out of town & I'd sneak a smoke in the house. It did a great job when left to run for a few hours, but definitely did not immediately trap the smoke or stop it from wafting about. Over a fairly short period of time, however, it did completely eradicate any smoke odors. Because the Csonka produces ozone (I think it was ozone - the air smelled like it does after a big lightning storm), it was not recommended to use it in an enclosed space while you're in it. The room then needed to be vented a bit afterwards.

I don't know of a product that is truly able to pull off what you're describing, but please keep this thread updated as a lot of us will be very interested in the results.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:45 AM   #3
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

I installed a 1200 cfm inline fan in the attic over my office. I used 12 inch hvac flex duct to exhaust the smoke to the outside. I open a window for makeup air. Can easily handle 4-5 guys smoking at one time.
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I installed a 1200 cfm inline fan in the attic over my office. I used 12 inch hvac flex duct to exhaust the smoke to the outside. I open a window for makeup air. Can easily handle 4-5 guys smoking at one time.
This is the option I'd do if I smoked in my den more often. In the past I've just opened a couple windows with a fan in them and it has kept the room pretty clear.
I had a rabbitair filter that I used to use in my old house but it didn't seem to help very much.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

well, the idea for it is to keep door closed while smoking to keep smoke from getting out and letting filter run afterwards to scrub...well *hopefully* scrub air!
thanks for the feedback Ray, hoping i might have a bit more success with it...not expecting a miracle but hoping it will allow me to get an occasional cigar in during the winter without making the entire house smell foul...will definitely report back with my experience!
btw i somehow forgot to add the word quest to the title of thread, i just noticed that haha
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:46 PM   #6
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

The cigar shop that used to be near me had two Rabbit Air cleaners in the lounge and two on the shop floor. They don’t immediately help as the smoke volume is too much I suspect but they seemed good over the long haul, eg the shop didn’t smell like an ash tray.
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The quest for cleaner air.

The plot thickens!! DUN DUN Duhhhhhh!!!
So, Iíve been staying in a house for the last year that has been in my family for some time. Reason I mention that is because my grandfather built this house in the mid 1950ís! I was looking for a pair of pliers in his shop room and somehow finally noticed this was there the whole time.
Now while I admittedly donít know a lot about fans, I believe this fan is newer than the 50s, but is definitely still old.
It has a flue of sorts that opens and closes with ease, and runs perfectly and oddly enough, far more quietly than I had expected!
Only downside is that it is mounted on the ceiling of the shop room, which is really hard to get to unless I were to build myself a very tall man-baby-cigar-highchair.
8lug mentioned HVAC flex ducting which I would imagine would work quite well in tandem with this thing, however I donít really see a good spot to use one of those larger style hose clamps...anyone have any ideas on that? I suppose duct tape is always a last resort provided it doesnít get hot after running for a while, but Iíd prefer to not to be the duct tape guy haha...
But so yeah, Iím thinking with this bad boy running for the duration of a cigar, and being careful to blow smoke in to the ducting, once cigar is over I can run the rabbit air to clean whatever residual cigar funk may be left over!
Any thoughts or questions?

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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

Blowers like that typically are in a box, like the shell of your furnace. I would put a box around it made of galvanized steel or plywood. You can add whatever kind of mounting flange you need to the box.
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Okay thanks Wharf...I’m hoping to make a run to Lowe’s tomorrow to price some stuff so I’ll take some measurements and go from there!
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

Michael - I use a whirlpool air filter on an enclosed porch...works phenomenal! I got it off Amazon - here is the link:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Default Re: Air filters & you: The for cleaner air.

Hey Conch thanks for the link!! The Rabbitair showed up today however...so I’ll have to see come the holidays whether it does the trick...I have a couple of ideas of how I’d like to implement the filter, one, as I mentioned is somehow running it in the room after using that blower in some fashion...
However if it’s a bust (and it better not be for that price hrmmmmm...) then will definitely consider the whirlpool, it certainly has excellent reviews as well!
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