Sirius: This is a great point! In any enclosed grow area such as a tent or grow cabinet, it’s important to have a larger opening for intake than for exhaust. This will maximize the efficiency of your fan in addition to keeping it working for longer. Plus, this will keep tents from “bowing” in, reducing your grow space.
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After the initial investment, $1.64 was my total cost per gram when I factored electricity, carbon filter, and nutrients.
Also, I installed a “Kill-a-Watt” device to monitor my electrical usage so I can easily calculate the total extra cost to my electricity bill each month.
Of course I wanted to filter the intake air to keep out dust, pet hair, pollen, mold and the like.
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Keeping a door open is not a viable option for the stealthy gardener like me! I decided to use some creativity.
A rule with any grow space is to have the intake’s opening twice the open area of the exhaust’s.
The solution I came up with was to place the duct work outside of the cabinet.
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I find this guide very simple and easy to follow. You’ll only need a few materials for this, with panda film as the main star.
You’ll also need some Velcro or cable wires to make sure that you manage your wirings well. Since the skeleton of this grow tent is a rack, expect that you can’t really grow tall plants in here.
Overall, this is still an easy and creative guide. You’ll also only need strong adhesives to assemble this grow tent.
This guide includes how you can set up your grow tent’s duct and lighting system. This includes the vent, exhaust fan, and grow lights.
This is another grow tent with a skeleton made up of PVC pipes. This guide utilizes that are 36 feet long.
While getting a grow tent is a cheaper way to grow plants indoors rather than building your very own greenhouse, there are still ways for you to save a few more bucks with these.
You’ll only need some glue and double-sided tape for this. It’s not as sturdy as a DIY grow cabinet made of an adjustable rack, but the PVC pipes can handle some weight too. Just make sure that you use strong adhesives for this.
Just like the first guide, you’ll also only need a stainless steel adjustable rack for this. It means that you don’t need to use heavy tools for this.
I know that it may sound tedious and it’s true that doing this will require some effort, but it will be worth it.
Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she attended University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture. She supplemented her education by working on various organic farms in both rural and urban settings. She started Urban Organic Yield to discuss gardening tips and tactics. Growing and raising just about anything gets her very excited. She is especially passionate about sustainable ways to better run small-scale farms, homesteads, urban farming and indoor gardening.