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Growing in an operational refridge
    #23625675 - 09/08/16 02:23 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Hey all, first post and a nub. I've bee looking around the forum about old dead refridges being used for cultivation but not any that are functioning. The reason I am interested in this is because I live in the desert and have the idea to grow cool wood loving mushrooms. At this point I think I have worked out getting outside air into the system but was wondering if anybody has ever installed a humidity controller onto the fridge's built in dehumidifier. Or, if anybody has ever used a shotgun box inside a fridge (with potentially smaller holes) to keep relative humidity up. From what I understand (my understanding is minimal) these types generally don't need the 95% saturation or even will withstand it. Maybe a shotgun box in its standard config would work due the lower range of humidity. Thanks and I apologize for my noobness.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625741 - 09/08/16 02:47 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Welcome!

This might help a little. I dunno. Good luck!

https://www.shroomery.org/8702/Psilocybe-azurescens-indoor-cultivation


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: Mushroom Forest]
    #23625750 - 09/08/16 02:51 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

I wouldn't bother fridges are full of nasty shit and air tight once closed not to mention if operational cold


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: Mushroom Forest]
    #23625759 - 09/08/16 02:55 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Sweet, thanks Mushroom Forest! That is something, at least another ver! The glass door is nice. Still wondering about fae though. Looks like in the sealed containers humidity is a nonissue as they only get misted once every two days. I wonder if a modified shotgun box would be the best and easiest solution or if letting them breathe twice a day is enough. His fungus didn't look like it was oxygen deprived. If the closed container is sufficient then outside air may as well be a nonissue.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625765 - 09/08/16 02:57 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

The closed air system is a non issue if one were to drill in a hepa filtered air pump, could even be put on a timer for efficiency. Cleaning a fridge although not fun is doable. Spores are already here. Might as well do something with them. Put them in the garden and hope for a wet cool season?


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625773 - 09/08/16 03:00 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Totally got all pumped up and ordered before I fully did my homework.

Dumbass. lol.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625804 - 09/08/16 03:18 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

What's wrong with a normal sgfc


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: mrmazdarx9]
    #23625812 - 09/08/16 03:21 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

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mrmazdarx9 said:
What's wrong with a normal sgfc





Getting them to fruiting temps in the desert.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625822 - 09/08/16 03:23 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Ah what temps are we talking im in uk so have no concept of desert heat. Is there no room you can cool a little keep them in there if you can survive out there the mushrooms probably can in the same way you do


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: mrmazdarx9]
    #23625842 - 09/08/16 03:32 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Yesterday it rained and was overcast all day, the high was 95f so 35c. Today it's supposed to be 105f so 40c. In the peak of the heat it's as much as 120f or almost 50c. People die from the heat here every summer. A Brittish dude went for a short day hike and died from heat stroke/dehydration last summer. Pretty hot here, amigo.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625847 - 09/08/16 03:33 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

I would have to buy a small air conditioning unit and do some modifications to the house to get a whole room to temp. A fridge seems much easier.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625853 - 09/08/16 03:37 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Wow that's hot well my stuff fruited at 30-35°C that we've seen this year although its not that hot all the time here. Is there no shady area you can put them as long as the get good FAE and don't dry out I'd imagine there won't be much of a problem
There no harm in trying the fridge apart from damage to your wallet and potential waste of supplies
I'd imagine there will be growers that have had this problem maybe alter the thread title if you can to attract desert dwellers


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: mrmazdarx9]
    #23625864 - 09/08/16 03:42 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

My house stays between 72 and 76, so 22 to 24c. If they'll fruit at that then what the heck am I worried about, haha!


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: mrmazdarx9]
    #23625869 - 09/08/16 03:44 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

I live in the desert too and the heat and moisture loss from the dryness always fucked my shit up. I just finished my humidity controlled grow room and I'm about to fruit some tubs in it. It's cooling off now and doesn't matter as much, but next year I'm going to run a small evaporative cooler in there to help fend off the green.

An old coworker of mine had a walk in fridge that she wanted to convert into a mush grow room. As long as it has ventilation and lights it can be outfitted, and the nonporous walls will help with controlling humidity. If you're thinking about growing cold weather woodlovers like blue oysters or azurescens in a regular sized fridge, it might be more trouble than it's worth.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625873 - 09/08/16 03:45 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

That would be cool if some other desert dwellers would chime in. I know mushrooms.com is located in the same metropolis so they have to have overcome these obstacles...

I can create and area for them outside and make sure it is shaded and wet. I am afraid the spores will die in the soil. I've never actually taken a temp reading of the dirt but it can't get up to 108 if it's wet and shaded, I'm guessing...?


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625877 - 09/08/16 03:47 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Shit, thanks NumeroEno... It's not the first time my excitement has bit me in the ass.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625881 - 09/08/16 03:48 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Enclosed hydrotank with cool water cycling? I'm reaching now...


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: rynophyte]
    #23625884 - 09/08/16 03:49 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

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My house stays between 72 and 76, so 22 to 24c. If they'll fruit at that then what the heck am I worried about, haha!



I'm not sure what temp my house is its been colder outside than in my conservatory where my grows are its like an oven its basically a green house with chairs, designed for winter to keep the heat in sort of back fires in summer when I can't get the heat out lol. its been hot this year for us no AC just two big ass fans pointed at me and I'm still sweating horrible at night don't know how you guys live like that I love being cold lucky I live in uk. Just been a mad hot year for us.


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: mrmazdarx9]
    #23625897 - 09/08/16 03:55 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

Damn dude, put in a window ac unit! We have those things all over down here! My genetics dictate that I should live in a climate like yours. Pretty sure Ima have skin cancer as I already have skin issues because of the heat and dry :crazy:


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Re: Growing in an operational refridge [Re: mrmazdarx9]
    #23625901 - 09/08/16 03:56 PM (5 years, 2 months ago)

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My house stays between 72 and 76, so 22 to 24c. If they'll fruit at that then what the heck am I worried about, haha!




those are perfect temps. i keep my house at 75. everything is good.
dont forget a colonizing substrate gives off a couple degrees of heat.

what mushroom are you growing? i think(THINK) some woodlovers require cooler
temps:rolleyes:

fridges can get extremely moldy and you would suffocate your mushrooms.


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