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Styrofoam Cooler
    #2853875 - 07/03/04 02:00 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

i have been considering getting a Styrofoam Cooler, one of the big ones that they sell over at convience stores, cutting a hole in the top and covering it with plastic wrap so that light can get in, and using the perlite method with it. most Rubbermade containers are see-through all the way around, and i hear that isnt a good thing. also with one of these coolers, it would be air tight sealing the humidity in, and keep the temperature the same in there. anyone ever tried this, if so how did it work out?

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Re: Styrofoam Cooler [Re: PaintedDeath]
    #2854248 - 07/03/04 05:12 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

You want light to the fruiting chamber.
You do not want light to the incubation chamber.

I use a 90qt. see through rubber maid type under $10 at Wal Mart
Holds 12 to 14 cakes. I get a little over 30 grams dry on first flush.

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Re: Styrofoam Cooler [Re: PaintedDeath]
    #2855953 - 07/04/04 11:50 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Your description of a very basic humidity chamber is good. I didn't see you mention anything about using this as an incubation chamber, so I'm assuming you are doing that elsewhere.

Having light come in only from the top of the chamber will prompt the mushrooms to grow straight towards that light. The opaque rubbermaid containers that are often used aren't "bad" it's just that sometimes light from the side will promote mushroom growth in areas where you don't really want it (down the sides of the casing trays or containers). This is less critical in cake based growing.

Styrofoam coolers tend to seal up really well, so make sure you exchange the air often, or better yet, knock some 1/2 sized holes right above your perlite layer and stuff it poly-fil (pillow stuffing) for some passive air exchange.

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