Have you read our growing marijuana for beginners guide but you’re still a little lost? Today, we continue with our ‘growing’ education and will show you how to make a STEALTH grow cabinet for less than $150.
In 3 months you will be puffin’ on your own homegrown for less than the cost of a half ounce of herb. A little know-how, a couple tools and a few items from your neighborhood hardware supplier and you’ll be growing in no time! This DIY grow box should produce 5-6 ounces of A-Quality bud every grow cycle (60 days). This box also uses only 300 watts of power, about the same amount as a standard desktop computer.
What Are Marijuana Grow Boxes?
An stealth grow box is a device made to grow your own weed at home. These marijuana grow boxes use a system in which the plan is enclosed in a box (as its name suggests) where light (LED) and nutrient-rich water is provided to the plants to help them grow.
If you live in a small apartment or you don’t have enough space, a marijuana grow box is perfect for you. In fact, this type of product also helps you to grow marijuana easily due to the fact that it maintains the light and temperature the plant needs. But, can I made a marijuana grow box, myself? The answer is YES.
Details About This DIY Grow Box
How To make a stealth grow box? How time it will take me? Is it difficult? What do I need to make DIY grow cabinet? If you want to know the answers to these questions, keep reading.
It took 2 -8 hour days to complete this stealth grow box. This dresser is comprised of 2 growing chambers, 1 for flowering your buds and the other for keeping your mother plant and young clones. The mother plant and clones are kept under 24-18 hours of light and your flowering plants are under 12 hours of light.
To built the stealth grox box I used 250 actual watts of power in the flowering chamber. This should give us around 5-6 ounces of bud every grow cycle (60 days) depending on the strain, nutrients, grow medium, etc. Make sure you have good, Dutch quality cannabis seeds to use in this grow as well. I will get into nutrients, caring for your plants, etc in future articles. Alright, enough talk, let's get growing!!!
Tools Needed For The Job
If you don’t have all the tools, BORROW THEM FROM YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY! If they ask you why you need them, make up some bullshit! I didn’t want to spend $20 on a hole saw drill bit so I borrowed it, just ask!
Supplies You Will Need To Complete Your Marijuana Grow Box:
Misc items (not necessary but nice to have)
Money Saving Tips
1. Re-purpose the wood from inside the dresser! I got an old ass dresser that was probably hand-built by some old pioneer and I was able to reuse a lot of the wood. I only had to purchase 1 new piece of wood (the MDF) for the back door.
2. Get an old junked computer and use the fans and power supply from that, you can probably find one for free, I did.
3. Check the free section of craiglist for dressers, computers, etc. If you can’t find free ones, pretty sure you can find cheap ones. I got my future dresser weed grow box for $30.
4. Don’t pay for lamp cords! Find some old ass lamps in the garbage, free section of craigslist or whatever and use those. Just cut them off from the lamp and wa la!
Disassembling the dresser
Take great care in taking the dresser apart. We took time taking it apart and ended up being able to reuse most of the wood from the dresser. We took apart the drawers and used the bottoms to make the front face that the drawer fronts attached to. We also used the bottom of the drawers for the floors of our new marijuana grow box.
Now, I’m not going to get into too much detail from here on out; the pictures are pretty self-explanatory. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to fire away!
Building Your Dresser Grow Box Step-By-Step
Here's the dresser untouched.
To start building a marijuana grow box, we took all the drawers out and began to take those apart with a rubber mallet.
Here's the dresser completely gutted (except for the top shelf, I left that in so we could mount the exhaust fans and run the power through there)
Then we attached one of the drawer bottoms to the front of the dresser, so we would have something to screw the drawer fronts to
Then we attached the drawer fronts with the new drawer handles/pulls.
Once that was completed we cut a 6" hole on the inside top shelf we left in and we also added a partition wall in the middle with a hole cut out for a 120 mm fan. We also cut holes in the top of our flowering chamber for the 2-120mm fans we will mount there. Be sure to run caulk around the edges on the inside of the dresser so we don't have an issue with light leaks. I also cut 4 pieces of wood the same depth as the dresser and screwed them into the bottom. These are going to support our new floors.
Next, make your floors from the scrap drawer bottoms. I drilled holes in them with a 2" hole saw bit for air flow. Air is your best friend in these small spaces! I lined the floor of the veg room with panda film, I'm making a separate tray to place the plants in the flowering area so I did not line that floor with panda film
Vegetative chamber floor.
Flowering chamber floor.
Next, line the entire interior of the dresser with panda film and install the floors.
Now, time for the lights. I daisy-chained all the lights together and mounted them to some scrap 1/2" board I had laying around. You can use pieces of the dresser drawers for this also.
Lamp cord plug.
Now for the fans, I used 3-120 mm fans. I'm using 2 in the ceiling to exhaust hot air out of the flowering chamber (the lights will be sealed off by a piece of plexi glass), and 1 fan will be blowing air from the flowering chamber into the veg chamber. I powered these fans with a PC power supply. I got a power supply tester so the power supply would power the fans.
Now, mount the fans and the lights. I mounted 2-80 mm computer fans in the corners of the DIY stealth grow box, air flow is our best friend in these small spaces!
Lights and fans mounted.
PC fans mounted, exhaust fans for flowering chamber lights.
Hinges attached to door.
Magnetic closures attached
Vegetative chamber up and running!!!
Door installed on back of dresser, still need to get a piece of hardboard to attach across the top of the back...
Grow weed box is done!
Front of the DIY grow box, DONE!
Any questions, feel free to fire away. It may not be the best grow cabinet, but it’s YOUR grow box! Overgrow the world! And, if you aren’t a handyman, you can continue buying weed in the old-fashioned way…