Gourmet grower and woodworker planning to make a small mycology station. Feedback welcomed! [general]
By - PTMegaman
Living in a city where space is precious and my hobbies have dominated enough space in our apartment, I've designed a small mycology lab in google sketchup that, as far as I know, will suit my needs. Some notes:
Roughly 5 feet tall and 5.5 feet wide.
The poor man's 40 dollar laminar flow hood has been good to me for large bag innoculations, but I still plan to do still air box work on the fold down table as I've had 100% success rate with all work done in one so far.
I already have a super large sterilite tub I've modded that has automated FAE and humidity control. The rounded shelves are for additional humidifiers if I make more to go beside the lab.
Been told I could frankenstein this together from IKEA pieces but the woodworker in me prefers to custom make it mostly from baltic birch plywood.
Already been using a cardboard inoculation box with seed mats and a temp controller on the floor and have had no contam issues, so not super worried about my inoculation bay being close to the ground. Open to counterpoints there though.
Hey I would like to build this too can you send me detailed specs?
They dimensions are not locktite in sketchup, definitely a lot of 11 63/64th pieces in there and whatnot. If I get it made I will be measuring and recording more along the way though for sure. Some dimensions you can deduce like the still air fan enclosure needing to be above 21x21 for the fan and filter to fit. Will try to update as I go along!
Please do thanks
Extremely cool 😎
But you must be just starting out if you think one fruiting chamber will be enough. This hobby takes over your storage space faster than Genghis Khan. But I guess you can stack ‘em?
I've been growing for a year but have not scaled hard, but am on the cusp of doing so so I think these comments are correct I need to either look at a martha tent or stacking multiple big fruiting tubs on some shelving. The space creep is REAL though! And I already shoulda learned this lesson when I got into woodworking!
Looks good. The only thing I can think of is the positioning of the fogger may be an issue. If this is the reptile fogger from Amazon, I recently bought one and the instructions say that having a dip in the line causes water to pool and restrict flow. So you may need to raise your fruiting chamber.
Ive already got the fogger and fruiting chamber plus mini fan set up in the corner of the room, so I make sure to keep that tube angled to avoid water buildup for sure.
From someone who uses a 4x2x6 ft closet I appreciate this.
I need these plans. In the same boat
Looks great to me
This made me smile this morning. 😊 Mini fridge for spores?
Ive learned from the MillyWyco channel that a beverage cooler is more ideal. Mini fridges often come with a freezer compartment and we dont want our cultures accidentally frozen!
True dat. I’m currently using a “cosmetic cooler” to avoid the freezer conundrum. Mush luck man. Can’t wait to see this beast come to life. 😜
I was looking at those on amazon literally last night! How is it treating you? The 6 can ones seem like theyd be perfect for syringes, agar trays, and a few jars of LC but i am always skeptical of the review stars. The description of star ratings even admits they arent graded on a flat scale, so ive been hesitant as each one does have a number of 1 star reviews regarding noise levels, cooling abilities, and lifespan all being very disappointing.
Yeah, I’m browsing for a better option. This noisy, little thing will just have to do until pay day. 😆 See, the 6 can sounded perfect to me too, but it’s just too small. Mine has a removable shelf that I definitely had to remove to fit a syringe. If I want to leave the needle with cap attached, I have to angle it in sideways. A full 10mL syringe is too long to stand upright. There’s no room at all for my agar dishes. Live & learn I guess.
[This](https://smile.amazon.com/Beverage-Refrigerator-Triple-Layer-Freestanding-Display/dp/B0986PTLYJ/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=beverage+cooler&qid=1627000032&sr=8-3) is the one I'm looking at right now. Figure when Im finally taking up too much room in our kitchen fridge itll be time to spring for something reliable and pay a little more to keep the bank secured.
That looks slick & muuuush better than my dinky cooler. Now ya got me drooling for this one. I’m gonna go refigure my budget for August. Cooler>toilet paper yeah? 🤣
Eat less and save on both groceries *and* toilet paper! More mushrooms to dine on later!
If you can fit a large bin, couldn't you fit a small Martha?
Am indeed researching this small Martha yall speak of now!
Would [this](https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08R3PX9V2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_YKWV6620FBDR25HQEQXN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) fit?
Oooh, only 18 inches depth, yeah that wouldn't impede too much, but were all carpet here so id need to rig a bottom tray. Very.. very tempting. Thank you for linking!
18 inches is the length of exactly 4.49 '20 Tones Blues Harmonica For Adults, Beginners, Professionals and Students（Silver grey)' lined up next to each other
The move is to get a tray that's designed for a dog crate. I was lucky, and happened to have a leftover dog crate that was the perfect size. But I hear you can buy just the tray...
Thanks for sharing, you use SketchUp for this? It's so compact, looks perfect.
A small Martha would take up the same floor space as a large tote but you could run six trays instead of one tub at a time and you only need one fogger. Plus you can grow different kinds at once as well.
Grow bags with Martha tent is the way to go
The main drawback being plastic waste, depends on your goal.
You can always clip seal bags and remove the spawn for fruiting so that you can reuse the bags. Not sure how many times a bag is reusable though.
I do want to avoid waste as much as possible. Looking at unicorn biodegradeable bags too!
You might want space for a SAB or flow hood
The second picture shows a flow box. I thought the same at first
Looks great! You might want another fruiting chamber in the future but that’s it
I have 100% succes rate innoculating while just barely desinfect the bags and my hand. You dont need a Flowhood if your not planing to start with agar and cloning. But there is where the fun realy starts😄 And if your not planing on growing edibles just forget about the humidifier! Monotubs work great without
I've been doing agar, transfer, and agar to grain jar work in my SAB and it feels safer than in the open with the flow box. Still, each bag i've inoculated with L.C. infront of the laminar box has also been successful. Perhaps I'll settle into it over time, but the fold down table is big enough for both options at least.
thank you for sharing!! would love to see an update on the finished build/your progress, this is really exciting :))
I don't know what kind of volume you're expecting to produce, but the jar and inoculation bags look extremely small, and I frankly wouldn't bother with a separate small jar shelf, or if I did I'd use it to store plates instead of small jars. If there's a way to do the large jars twice as deep or twice as tall so you get 20 in there that'd be better. The temperature control for the inoculation space is unnecessary unless you're solving a specific problem with your apartment heating or cooling. If you're comfortable in your space the mushrooms will be too.
As others have said, a Martha would be preferable to a tote so you can utilize the vertical space better in the same footprint. Fae will be a problem in either though, and it's a best practice to vent outside if you can.
If it were me, I'd bail on the whole idea of combining storage and workspace. You could redesign this as a great storage space for jars, bags, agar dishes, and supplies and have a folding card table with an SAB on it that would give you way more space to work and way more space to stash everything between jobs. The two combined seem to be giving you the worst of both worlds since you're still cramped while working but you don't have much storage.
Just my two cents. Good luck with your project!
Thank you for the input! I am indeed looking at either a Martha or shelving for additional fruiting chambers that would use the vertical space better next to the lab. I like having lots of jar storage as I've already accumulated so many, but they ARE constantly in use, so they'd be spending more time in the inoc chamber or with LC in a beverage cooler... so I will rethink the arrangement. Thanks again for taking the time!
great for a lab, it's too small for gains. the humidifier is way overkill on such a small fruiting chamber. you'll probably be happier with nothing but perlite. that humidifier is overkill for ten of those fruiting chambers combined.
Can't wait to see the final product.