I was reading the Afford-a-Grow post and it got me thinking I should post a grow hack that I literally implemented maybe a week ago, and it’s been working well so far.
First a disclaimer:
I am NOT going to claim I “created” this hack, I’m just to first to post about it in the DGC Grow Hacks. I will claim, however, that I did think of this myself and I’m not pulling from someone else’s ideas. I was on the verge of purchasing a small humidifier for the tent when I looked at (what was) a cloning bucket and the light bulb went on. After googling the feasibility, it was clear others had the idea long before me.
Why this works for my grow:
My tent is in the garage, and so I currently have the luxury of knowing the garage is both colder and drier than I want the tent. With that said, I use an Inkbird Temp/Humidity controller to trigger a small heater and/or my “grow hack humidity device”.
On to the grow hack:
I built my device with a 1 Gallon bucket, some chicken wire fencing, a small desk fan and the most important piece of equipment: a small $10 Mist/Fog maker found here —> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PAK245E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
If you have the bucket, fencing (or anything really that allows air flow) and fan, then all you need is the fog maker which uses ultrasonic vibrations to atomize the water into a mist. The fan then sits directly above bucket such that it pulls the fog and blows it into the tent.
My only concern is pulling water vapor into an electric device (the fan), but I think that as long as the vapor doesn’t condense on the electrical fan parts, it should be fine… right? RIGHT??? This little setup brings the humidity in my tent (2x4x5) from 20% to 60-65% in about 5 mins (Note: I’m currently in early veg. Humidity will be adjusted down as the plant transitions to flower). From there it takes quite a while for the humidity to drop and once it hits 55%, the fogger kicks on and gets the humidity back up in a minute or so. I only mention this to stress the point that the fan is blowing humidity for only a few minutes of every hour (my way of rationalizing the concern of humidity being pulled into a electrical fan).
Something I noticed after messing around with the fan: The position and angle of the fan is fairly important. When the fan is dead center of the bucket pointing straight up, it starts to pull air from the sides of the bucket just above the rim, more than the air/vapor inside the bucket. The vapor is heavier than air and therefore will sit at the bottom of the bucket above the water. By angling the fan slightly and moving it more to the edge of the bucket, the fan pulls more air from inside the bucket and brings the water vapor with it.
Let me know what you think!!!