Often, it will look entirely innocuous from the outside, perhaps even being designed to look like, for example, a filing cabinet or mini-fridge. These stealth grow boxes are great options if you need to hide your growing for any reason. (We’ve covered stealth grow boxes and stealth growing in another article.)
While a pre-made high-tech marijuana grow box will get you up and growing as quickly and painlessly as possible, they’re not always cheap. But that’s not the only reason why you might go the DIY route. If you’re someone who likes to grow your own, there’s a good chance you also like to build your own.
And if you’re still thinking about building your own grow box, hopefully we can help you with choosing some of the components, such as lighting, ventilation, hydroponics systems or temperature and humidity controllers.
- LED or fluorescent lights are ideal for confined spaces like a marijuana grow box, as they run cool, minimizing the need for additional cooling—which can also be noisy and increase your electricity bill.
- Of the two, LEDs tend to work out cheaper long term as they’re very efficient and long lasting.
- However, fluorescent lights can often be hung very close to your plants, so work well if you need your grow box to be short.
- HID lights are excellent for growing cannabis, but create a lot of heat so aren’t ideal for grow boxes. You’ll have to replace bulbs every year or two too.
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However, even a simpler, more affordable marijuana grow box can be an excellent way to just grow a personal supply in the limited space you have available.
If you Google “build your own grow cabinet” or something similar, you’ll soon find instructions for making your own. YouTube has some great videos of ingenious marijuana grow box creations, too.
A quick note on light types:
But you can also buy a ready-made marijuana grow box very easily. Many of these will contain a hydroponics system (although some also allow growing in soil). They come in all different sizes, for all different budgets and incorporate various different levels of automation and technology.
A marijuana grow box is a brilliant DIY way to grow in a small space. But should you buy or build your own? Easy to build? Maybe.
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.
A fan speed controller and light timer are mounted on the outside of the fan room.
Use the following items to make a stealthy grow cabinet just like his:
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.
Sirius: This is definitely an advanced method of creating a grow box, but he makes sure to include a lot of things one needs to consider when creating one, such as ventilation and making sure to leave room for everything you need. Do you have a better/more practical/more efficient design? Let us know so we can share with the world!
We learned above that the cabinet is 24″ deep. Now this Cool Tube was 20″, hardly enough room to attach two 6″ flex ducts for ventilation without having to keep a door open.
The solution I came up with was to place the duct work outside of the cabinet.
Sirius: Google SketchUp can be pretty tough to use without training, especially if you’ve never used it and you just want to design one thing. Rest assured: some paper, a pencil, a little math, and careful planning will work just as well!
See how one grower built his own stealthy grow cabinet (in pictures), then learn how to build your own!