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Old 05-16-2007, 01:42 PM
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Gday to all @420gen After just being released from hospital after major neck surgery (car accident 2004) I have been led around by my close mates, catchin up & haven a smoke to kill de pain,, when the topic came up about making a stainless steel dryer type setup for our produce.. idea's had come from all of us,, but as i am the fabricator, i felt the need to design something that will work. My mate has this setup worked through an old chest style fridge, still with its lid & hinged as per normal, but with mesh baskets -(stacked a little like cd's in racks). A low-speed 240volt fan is at base, rough as guts for old farmer joe but thats where i seen the development for a better quality product. Going off his project, his weed was evenly dry within 3-5 days, he takes his 1st taste test here, he checks for what he is looking for, then leaves it for a further 4-5 days with no fan (blocks off fan end with a plasic stop, no unwanted pests then). He has done it this way for the past 5 years with no hassle, his garage seems to be a constant 25c with no major reports of mould attack. The curing part he needs badly, something that will draw fresh air, yet be contained for when fan is not in use. Jars for now he vents regularly. Few of his mums old cake tins too hiden out the back, time we did sumthen constructive we thought?

Being a sheetmetal-boilermaker welder myself (with a fuked up neck it isnt much good, mending goes on,, so does my thoughts of using stainless steel, (something you can clean over over & over, good for life pretty much. A Cure & Dryer in one. I am drawing up this project on Auto-Cad programing systems, when i am ready the computer will plot and laser cut my material. It consists of;; A Stainless steel box like structure using 1.6mm 316 grade s/s. Not the cheapest material around, timber can be used also (for each drawer s/s inserts can be added, perferated sheet or round bar, for timber using dowels will work fine). Fly wire can also be used when budgeting.
The main body can be square or rectangle, & to look at it side on, (picture in your head) a medium to large tool box, drawers coming out one side only.
In square form for the regular home grower, 600 X 600mm (2ft X 2ft) & the same in height. Drawers are 100mm in height (4'') which then allows for 6 even drawer-drying sections. For the drawers 1.6mm s/s is used again for body part only, perferated s/s sheet is used in base only, sheet steel with evenly punched holes throughout. For the drying stage, quarter inch holes is recomended to give appropiate draft. This method, the draft flowing through your material is very minimal. On top is a foam like filter, enough to cover complete top, so that when air is ventilating it is dust free.
On to the base of the project, a cone like structure consists of reducing from the 600mm diameter main body to 100mm for the fan, (computer fans can be arranged in a ray of styles, 1 fan will work).. In an easier formula you could fabricate this section like ducting, all square like components.
With this design, I have designed it in such a way that it will slide down into a workbench, make cut out to suit. Like sliding in yah dishwasher,, vertically sort of lols..
Finally i am going to TIG weld this to a food grade standard. (many months yet till i recover, keeping the mind busy in bad times does help).
Feel free to comment peoples, as i have plenty of time up my sleeve to adjust modify or change this project. I also have steel bins full of offcut stainless sheet steel, mates are sparky's so fans arent a prob, free installation plus my time to build it, allowcated 12-15hours build time.
I will take all your comments seriously, & will listen to anyone's idea's!!!

Thanks again to all team here @420gen for making this a good kikass site..
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Old 05-16-2007, 02:59 PM
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For really large crops I think you are pretty spot on But for smaller yields I would think it was overkill LOL. I use an old wooden cabinet myself. I drilled holes in the bottom, and place my fan/scrubber on top so no smell. That is a key piece that I noticed is missing from your specifications. The smell of a large yield is dangerous. Unless of course you have an area that is most safeness Sounds good though Kurtis.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:51 PM
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i use a clothes line in a dark cool room with a oscikllating fan,, works great,, just keep everyone out of the house for a week,,lol......

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Old 05-17-2007, 11:10 AM
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For really large crops I think you are pretty spot on But for smaller yields I would think it was overkill LOL. I use an old wooden cabinet myself. I drilled holes in the bottom, and place my fan/scrubber on top so no smell. That is a key piece that I noticed is missing from your specifications. The smell of a large yield is dangerous. Unless of course you have an area that is most safeness Sounds good though Kurtis.
Yah your right on SFC,, a 'scrubber a must in town',, i own acreage lol. Mates i have around here are all on large propertys, makes things easier all round really.. We barter with each other for this & that,, so this project is going to be a sorta community dryer... Dont let the size fool yah one little bit, to pack your trays it is best that the 'buds' are done so in a evenly mannor,, you need that air flow quivering between all those budsites..
This 2ft setup will only be good for 2 big outdoor plants so make your custom setup 2 suit you. Whether or not you need a scrubber,, & if you are a light smoker,, simply make one within your budget, wood etc.. All is needed with a smaller setup is a computer fan...
On utube i seen the cannibus cup winners in amsterdam,, once they dry their buds they cure by sticking buds into an air tight box and ceal off for 4 months. They explain how 4 months is needed using some strains,, the smoothness & taste worth the while as they go on to talk about how they get it so damm shithot..
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canning jar work perfect for curing buddy,, buds are definatly better after a good cure,, but 4 monthes is a little extreme ,,imo.. have a good one bro.....
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Old 05-18-2007, 12:58 AM
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canning jar work perfect for curing buddy,, buds are definatly better after a good cure,, but 4 monthes is a little extreme ,,imo.. have a good one bro.....
Was just repeating what the pro's said newf thats all man,, I will take your advice thou anytime!! Thats right mate, your proof is all in yah pudding,, thanks for the advice,,, how long do you think it takes with most popular strains? 2 months or less?
I am sure with your knowledge i will be on the right track

Is there a time frame for your Curing before your satisfied and all with taste etc? Differ strains vary do they?
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Old 05-18-2007, 01:22 AM
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a month of curing and that puppy ought to taste good. i think most weed taste better after curing for even longer periods. but a month should bring out all the flavor and remove any harshness that exists.
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Thanks Newf & chicken for yah imput dudes
I quoted the job using second hand stainless from a local metal merchant who sells it by the kilo.. Tig wire was 10 bucks for handfull, cut off wheel for notching it out,, (9'' angle grinder wheel) that was 3 bucks plus the 1.6mm S/S sheeting @ 12 bucks a kilo, mate picked up 6 kilo of high polished grade 316 stainless so job will look shit hot (thats another 72 bucks) so all together for around 85 bucks + power i spose + i have my own welder....
So 150 bucks all up including small fan & filter, also out of a off-cut bin my mate was able snatch up small piece's of perferated s/s sheet (have to weld some bits together but it aint matter much when yah wont see it).. For the handles i am using car door grab handles for classy look cometicly anyhow.
Being stainless it will last me till the day i
I strongly beleive in doing somethen proper, thats all, like shit to be spot on, look good and obviously work well..
'As i cant weld for a while i am getting my mate to do it for me, hopefully i will feel better when they take these god damm staples out me neck'
Once its finished i will post up "pics" for all you 420ers out there.
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Old 05-20-2007, 01:59 PM
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If anyone knows a welder/fabicator & wants to do the same, PM me & i will send yah a set of plans for the setup,, i also have fab programs for designing this sort shit, auto-cad is another,, you tell me what yah want & i will draw it up for yah's no probs
Community dryer anyhow,, we got 6 of us lined up around here to use this sucker, so she will come in real handy for the future...
See if i can get drying-curing covered & i will be laugh'n all the way past the dealers lol.. If i can get my weed tasten just that little better i think it will be a worthwhile effort,, time will tell ah folks.
Cheers kurtis.
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:49 AM
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Hi kurtis ... check your PM box

Good to see you about again

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