Need a hand with fan/filter sizing

Discussion in 'First Time Marijuana Growers' started by Insanest, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. #1 Insanest, Jun 21, 2013
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    Ok so a little information first, I'm going to be growing in a closet with a 3x4x6 framed box using a 400w MH for vegging and a 430w HPS for flowering. I've been looking into inline fans as well as carbon filters and trying to weigh my options, and figured this forum would be a great place to ask.
    Option (A) Is that I go with a 175cfm inline($150) and a 175cfm max carbon filter($100) total equalling $250.
    Option (B ) Now heres where my temptation begins, for only $50 more on a fan ($200) I can get one rated at 420cfm, both of these are from the same company btw. However a store bought carbon filter rated to withstand these speeds costs around $250 where I live equalling $450.
    Now I've seen a lot of good looking DIY carbon filters on this website however most of the people using them are running "slower inlines" (around 175cfm and under). So finally I come to my question, should the 175cfm fan/filter combo for $250 be adequate ventilation even with the heat of a MH in such a small room? Or is it possible to make a DIY carbon filter from home capable of successfully masking the scent of a flowering plant with a 420cfm inline?
    One of the reasons the 420cfm fan is so tempting is I would like the ability to possibly vent a flower and vegging room down the road. However $450 for a fan/filter is just too much for me. I essentially have the rest of my grow planned out apart from this, and would love to hear from people who have experience before making the final decision, thanks.

  2. I would use the 420cfm fan on a speed controller and order a filter off the net. $250 is very overpriced for the size filter you would need.
  3. Yea I was surprised at the jump in price too, and theres nothing better within a couple hours of driving either. As far as ordering online goes if it was an inline fan that wouldn't be as bad but a carbon filter seems sketchy to me. I think I'll go with the 420cfm inline as well as a speed controller then make a homemade filter and increase fan power until I find its maximum scrubbing capabilities, thanks!

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