Where to Place Your Box
It may seem like a no brainer, but there’s a few things you should consider before finalizing the location for your new grow box, space is only one part of the equation.
Naturally, you will need a space large enough for the box itself, but you’ll also want to leave at least 12” behind the unit for the filter and to ensure adequate air-flow, and 40” in front of the unit so you’re able to open the doors and kneel down in front. The floor should be even and level, or you will need to level the grow box. See Power Considerations below for additional details that may affect placement.
Avoid placing the box on carpet as there is a potential of spilling water or nutrients during maintenance, cement, vinyl, laminate or hardwood is a better option. You’ll need to drain and fill your reservoir from time to time, so selecting a room that has easy access to a sink will make the process easier and less demanding.
Also, note the dimensions of the box and think about the path you will take to get the box in place. Will it need to go around corners? Up or down any stairs? How wide are the doors? While you can disassemble your box to make it easier to get into a room, it’s better if you don’t have to take apart your unit.
If you have to put your box in a space that just fits the unit, you may want to consider purchasing a ventilation package to exhaust the hot air from the space. The ambient room temperature should be around 20-23 C (68-73 F) for optimal growing temps. If you’re planning on putting your box in a garage, attic or other space where temperatures get low or high, you’ll need a heater or AC unit to maintain the required ambient levels.
With any appliance, you need to make sure you are connected to a quality surge protector or UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to protect against surges, brownouts and other issues. If you’re using an extension cord, make sure it’s a quality cord.
A household breaker is typically 15 amps, and our boxes range in power draw depending on the model and lighting being used. if you’re not sure if you have the right amount of power for proper operation, it’s recommended to speak to an electrician.
Power draw for units with HID Lighting:
- Producer: 9.4 amps
- BloomBox: 5.2 amps
- Roommate: 4.1 amps
- Mothership: 4.1 amps
Power draw for units with LED Lighting:
- Producer: 5 amps
- BloomBox: 4 amps
- Roommate: 2.5 amps
- Mothership: 2.5 amps
Tools and Parts
To make the process as simple as possible, we suggest having a few things ready to go before you start your setup. Some of these will be used to assemble your box and some will simply make things easier for maintenance.
We recommend having:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Latex or rubber gloves
- 2L or 4L jug1
- Rolling cart2
1. To simplify measuring Litres of water into your mixing tote.
2. Makes transporting a full mixing tote or reservoir much easier. Can also help to gravity feed nutrient mixture into your reservoir.