I was playing around on the PC tonight, so I typed "marijuana growing operation" into google. I spent a good half hour reading stories of grow ops that were busted.
And I noticed something. The majority of the busts mentioned that the cops started looking more because they smelled pot plants, or the tip to come to the house mentioned that someone else smelled something too.
Most of the grow ops in the stories had hundreds of plants, and the photos showed a lot of organization. Hydroponic setups, custom wired power panels, even one with at least 3 big power transformers in the room!
So I've got to wonder, how are all these people not taking care of the smell and getting busted for it, at least in part?
I've got a few plants going right now in the Journals in Progress section, and K, my associate in this venture, fabricated a carbon filter a few days ago.
He got some screen, a carbon filter sheet, and an 6" round duct end cap. He duct taped it all together, and we duct taped the assembly onto a cheap 9 inch $10 electric fan that we bought for the grow room but turned out to be too weak to do much.
To my surprise, the filter captured about 90% of the smell in the room. We have the fan at the bottom on the floor, pointed up, and the top of the filter is about 3 feet off the ground. It just takes air from the room, through the filter, and dumps it back in the room. I didn't think it would do much but it does.