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Question about prepping coco coir...
    #25868012 - 03/11/19 07:06 PM (2 months, 11 days ago)

Hey guys, so I have a few 5 KG bricks/bales of coco coir (General Hydroponics CocoTek Bale Coco Growing Media, 5kg  on Amazon) I picked up awhile ago. I'm considering getting some 650g bricks to be able to do Bod's bucket tek easily, but what are some ways I could pasteurize these bricks or at least cut them into smaller chunks so I can put them to use? Someone mentioned a band saw in Bods thread but that seems expensive and I don't really have space for it. Any easy ways or ideas?

Would a 10 gallon water cooler work instead? I don't want it to explode :-) and I'd like to put these bricks to use! Prepping coco coir doesn't seem hard but trying to figure out how I should put these 5 kg bricks to use that I have is making me want to bang my head against a wall. I don't want to mess it up! Lol.

Am I completely overthinking this?? Should I just use a normal saw or some shit to cut off 650g? Lol. I am also not good at math so this coco coir thing varying so much is kinda stressing me. Thanks for any replies.


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: DrWeirdisHere]
    #25868105 - 03/11/19 07:57 PM (2 months, 11 days ago)

I use a flat tip screwdriver or steak knife and kitchen scale


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: bodhisatta]
    #25868251 - 03/11/19 09:12 PM (2 months, 11 days ago)

If you have a dremel tool or a drill, use a drill bit to perforate a straight line across it, then simply snap it with your hands.


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: Ep1429]
    #25868260 - 03/11/19 09:16 PM (2 months, 11 days ago)

I find a small hatchet to get started and a kitchen knife as bod mentioned to cleave off layers works great.


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: Ep1429]
    #25868305 - 03/11/19 09:32 PM (2 months, 10 days ago)

If you have a regular wood saw that would work, or a hack saw.  Wood saw would work better. 

5KG?  Dang, that's an 11 lb brick.  My bricks are 1.2 lbs each so I can use a 5 gallon cooler.  The brick expands as you add water so you could add some hot water and pull out what doesn't expand and break apart.  It expands to 3 or 4 times the volume of the brick.  Just a guesstimate I did not measure.  But it won't explode your cooler.

Yes your over thinking it.  break some off, cook it to capacity.  the drip water test.  use a quart jar to measure out how much cooked coir you want. 1 or 2 times the amount of spawn you are using.  keep the lid on the cooler you cook it in and it will keep for a while.  My kept for weeks with no issues.  I am paranoid so I put it in quart jars and cooked it in the pressure cooker anyway before I used it on my last shoe box which is coming in nicely.


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: RichardRahl]
    #25868450 - 03/11/19 10:34 PM (2 months, 10 days ago)

Hammer and chisel. Ez pz


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: DrWeirdisHere]
    #25868583 - 03/11/19 11:34 PM (2 months, 10 days ago)

Thanks so much for the answers guys!!! Love to you all!


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: DrWeirdisHere]
    #25869767 - 03/12/19 03:46 PM (2 months, 10 days ago)

Not sure how your giant brick was made but just make sure you cut it down the layering (assuming it has any). I broke a huge kitchen knife at the handle trying to hammer it through the short way to get 1/4 of the brick of coir. Hacksaw did better job but it took a lot longer that it looked like it shouldve.


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: kayo]
    #25869798 - 03/12/19 04:00 PM (2 months, 10 days ago)

If you cant easily break it apart with a pocket knife you're doing it wrong try a different method lol. Go with the grain it just flakes apart


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: bodhisatta] * 2
    #25869861 - 03/12/19 04:27 PM (2 months, 10 days ago)

Oh I most certainly was cutting it wrong lol. Although it seems pretty obvious I couldnt find anything as to why it seemed so easy to everyone but I had just broken my knife on it.

In fact ill contribute my own mini'tek' here for others who might be searching and make it fool proof. This is the exact one I bought, im guessing most others are made in a similar way:



Dont be a fool like me... cut along the red and on the side, not the blue. :rofl:


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: kayo]
    #25870714 - 03/13/19 12:05 AM (2 months, 9 days ago)

Lmao I did the exact same thing


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Re: Question about prepping coco coir... [Re: DrWeirdisHere]
    #25875445 - 03/15/19 11:32 AM (2 months, 7 days ago)

Thanks for the extra info guys, or else i might have done a similar thing.


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