I'm new here, I have been a long time member of CW & OG but never much of a poster.
Welcome to my first thread at ICmag
I have grown many different ways & watts over the years but after a recent major relocation I have had to change the way I grow dramatically.
I am the caregiver for my partner who battles with some health issues and as a result needs a constant supply of the one and only medicine that seems to help her. Because of certain circumstances it was decided that I should take on a new challenge and drop to my lowest ever grow wattage of 250 watt hps.
This new development required some serious thought for a guy spoiled by years of growing with 1000 + watts.
After much deliberation
I came up with a design that I thought would suit our needs. I decided on a scratch built cabinet because security and stealth were major concerns.
Anyway, its five successful grows later in this cabinet and I figure it is about time I shared it with everyone that is interested in a simple cabinet that with minimal effort will supply a steady stream of quality buds.
This cabinet regularly produces 7 ounces of quality bud for a healthy outcome of 0.8 grams per watt. I am sure I could increase the yeild but I really don't have the time to put more effort into it than I already do.
Be warned, I am a bit of a do it yourselfer (call me cheap
) so most of this stuff was designed and built by me to suit this particular cabinet.
Okay, lets get stared:
First a few details on the cabinet.
1320mm (52") high X 960mm (38") wide X 670mm (25") deep.
Main Grow Area: 620mm (24") X 620mm (24") @ 4 square feet.
250 watt hps, which in this space provides a nice 60 watts per square foot. The light is housed in a home built air cooled hood where fresh air is drawn in from outside the cabinet and the hot air is expelled into the ceiling space. The light has its own 75 cuft per minute fan which runs whenever the light is on.
4 x 20 watt 2 foot flouros with the ballasts mounted outside the veg chamber to keep the temps down.
Apart from the fan attached to the air cooled hood, the cabinet also has a second 75 cuft per minute fan which draws air through both the veg and flower chambers via a home built carbon scrubber through the electrical chamber and vents out of the cabinet into the ceiling space.
Anyway, enough rambling from me its time to checkout some Pics.
Ready for paint.
Painted in flat white
The assembly starts, first its time for the dividing shelves and the flouros and then some stcky backed sponge to light seal it.
This is the underside and light traps, I painted everything in & out with flat black to make sure it was light proof. Note the drain hole in the middle of the floor, I grow hydro so the water needs to go somewhere in the event of a disaster :smile: