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Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture?
    #4214596 - 05/24/05 04:32 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

I just bought a Rubbermaid that has handles shaped into the body/top.  I noticed that it doesn't actually seal, you can wiggle the top all around when it is put on and you can visibly see gaps around the handles :rolleyes:.  Is this going to be a problem?
The bottom is not exactly flat either.  I was planning on just putting in wet perlite on the bottom to make a flat surface and as my source of moisture.  Does anyone have any success/failure stories with just using wet/moist perlite (or something similar) as the only source of moisture?  I live in a fairly dry climate in an overcrowded apt. that deters me from doubling the size of my terrarium with a drip-shield.  I will be fruiting 1/2pint wide-mouth cakes.


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Re: Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture? [Re: nitroguy]
    #4214613 - 05/24/05 04:35 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

yeah will work just fine try to get and aquarium airpump to handle your air exchanges


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Re: Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture? [Re: nitroguy]
    #4214732 - 05/24/05 05:14 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

I live in one of the driest climates in the US (rH currently 15%), and damp perlite did the trick for me when I was fruiting cakes. The key is to keep it damp - not submerged.


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Re: Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture? [Re: dog]
    #4214780 - 05/24/05 05:25 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

i had no luck with perlite...but others have great results....i think the lid will be fine ...you want some air exchange( a small amount) if you are not using a pump...for my bottom I use paper towels for mosture on the bottom..I double it up...(2 -3 layers)...then i spray before before i place the alumium foil in squares to sit cakes on top..so it does not sit on towels....it works for me...i hope you can find your way...eveyone has there own idea of what works for them


oh ya..perlite is messy :mushroom2:..so, i like the towels better....


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Re: Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture? [Re: starptv23]
    #4214834 - 05/24/05 05:41 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

I think small, round, red lava rocks like my friend used are good.


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Re: Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture? [Re: nitroguy]
    #4214838 - 05/24/05 05:42 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

fill that bad boy with 3 inches of perlite, 2 inches of water. where the handles are molded in, there are holes drilled through the plastic. tape them up if you want. you dont have to. if you run an aquarium pump into a airstone that is in the perlite or a quart jar full of water and peroxide, the holes will allow for gas exchange.

then do this to the lid to allow light to enter.


that is a 50 gallon rubbermaid i think, it has been so long since i grew mushrooms that i forgot.

hope that helps,
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Re: Fruit Chamber: Air tight? Wetted perlite for moisture? [Re: four20snakeman]
    #4214844 - 05/24/05 05:43 PM (12 years, 7 days ago)

oh yeah, before you put your perlite in the rubbermaid, rinse that shit in a strainer. it gets all the perlite dust off of the little pieces, makes it not so messy.


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