BUILDING YOUR GROW PART II
by Bubba Kush
Wattup Colorado! Hope everyone is having an awesome summer and whoever was growing outside did not get killed by the crazy hailstorms we’ve been having. I know one person for sure lost most of his crop during one of our previous hail storms. Sorry Bro…you know Bubba loves you! I am very lucky to have good bubbas and smart people around me. I like people that can do things better than myself because it forces me to always improve my systems and gives me new ideas to build. My friend that designed the system I am about to show you really did it right for a home grow. I will walk you through this stealth home ventilation system that he built in this issue. I hope it gives you a lot of ideas too.
The system I’m about to show you is a beefed up basic system with a few added doodads for ultimate smell and sound protection. I have made a diagram that should be easy enough to follow. I have also included pictures of most of the major parts needed for this installation.
Be sure to measure everything out as to make sure everything will fit firstly. After measuring, gathering all your duct tape, tools and equipment, it’s time to build and get bloody. I always cut the shit out of myself doing major ductwork so wear a good pair of mechanic’s gloves. They have the best protection and enough sensitivity to pick up small things like screws.
Let’s start with the line that will exhaust your lights and also assist in the buffer room. Start with hanging the ionizer in the buffer room. Exhaust from an ionizer is not safe for humans and animals to breath for any real amount of time. It’s not going to kill you if you are around the exhaust for a minute or so, but don’t hang around the outlet where you exhaust. Fortunately, it does dissipate quickly when mixed with outside air. Also remember to always pull air over your lights so no ozone will leak into the buffer room with this assembly. You will be safe if it goes into the garage as long as you don’t hang out in there for too long.
Your buffer room serves as a source for fresh air to circulate through the room. Run the duct through the buffer room to your light. Attach duct to the light and run the other side back through the buffer room to a muffler. The muffler will prevent noise pollution in the direction you want to block sound. Hence place the muffler on the side of the fan you want to disguise the noise. You can see where we place all the mufflers on the diagram and as we build the rest of the system. The muffler is attached to a fan and then to another muffler thus blocking sound in both directions. (See picture B). Then we run the duct to the best place you can find to exhaust that is closest to outside. If outside and of course possible, it is preferably toward the back of the house. Do Not Use a room inside the house!
This is easy so far, right? Let us push on. You want to be able to recirculate your room with fresh air from buffer room. Pulling outside air will cause you many problems such as temperature changes, humidity control, bugs, molds, mildews and possibly pollen from the guy growing next store whose crop has hermed. I am sure I missed a problem or two but even with pain-in-the-ass filters systems, I prefer a buffer room to avoid any of the above possible infections or fluctuations in my grow. First, locate a spot for your incoming fresh air circulation system from the buffer room. Run a duct through the wall and attach to another muffler to prevent sound going back to the buffer room. Attach the circulation fan to the muffler blowing in the direction to blow fresh air into the room. Next, we will run the outgoing scrubbed or filtered air circulation system. We want to scrub or filter the air going from the grow room into the buffer room. Attach a carbon filter in line with a fan and a muffler. (See diagram and picture A). Make sure all components are blowing in the direction into the buffer room. Almost done…
We want a freestanding carbon filter that is stand alone and unvented. This will pre-scrub the room and keep the airflow in your room circulating evenly inside the room. This is basically a fan and a carbon filter. It is best to hang in the most centrally located position in the room.
Well there you have it. A super stealth home grow ventilation system. When I had a grow like this running, you could sit in any part of the house or anywhere outside the house and wouldn’t be able to smell even the gnarlyist, stinkiest fresh-cut Kush crop at all. The way the system is set up, you are creating a negative pressure so all air is pulled from the rest of the house, buffered through the buffer room, scrubbed and exhausted. Very clean. The house was also super quiet. Not too many people know about the mufflers but they are sent from the Heavens. If you want to be super covert and clean, this system is for you.
With all the pictures and diagrams, I am afraid I will run out of space for the ending stupid Bubba Story. This will be about venting as well. So one of my best and dearest friends, Jonathon Gruber, who still surprisingly loves his Bubba for all the trouble I almost got him in and the stupid story I told at his wedding…sorry Bubi… He was writing his first blockbuster, The Butterfly Effect, and I was going to design the costume. I moved into the space underneath his loft. The space was about 1,500 square feet and was just dirty. It was an old building under a bridge. We were all friends with the homeless people under the bridge especially a voluntary homeless mechanic who watched and took care of our cars. This was before Little Tokyo and downtown LA was cool…Nothing like downtown LA today. The artist district was not even properly named yet. My place had old factory wood floors littered with missing chunks and holes and was impossible to clean. The place was just waiting for me to put a fake wall up and start growing. I never really had done any major dry wall work let alone frame a wall 30 foot long with 20 plus foot ceilings. Needless to say, the wall was a piece of work that could only be described by a Scottish carpenter as “BLOODY SHITE.” It was a miracle it even passed as a wall. But hey…it passed and I was quite proud of my first attempt at framing and carpentry. Honestly, I still suck at it…Ha…well mostly. I am a lot better but never will be as good as the guys who I work with. Anyway, there was only one real problem: venting.
Solution: drill a 12-inch hole through my ceiling into Jonathon’s room above me and run the duct through to the roof. The duct and the hole were like a speaker line from my room to his room. Not vice/versa fortunately for me. He could hear everything I did down there and I could hear him laughing at me through the floor above me doing whatever I was doing and there was always a crazy loud girl involved with beds breaking and furniture falling over…Definitely some interesting morning stories at brunch. Love you guys and hope I put a smile on your face and helped you out a bit. Follow me on IG and I’ll try to answer anything I can keep up with answering. I apologize in advance if I am slow to respond. I am not super IG man. Ha. Enjoy the month and until next time my bubbas. @theebubbakush
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