Do you need a fan for drying If temps are fine

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by Newbiegrowerrr, Mar 25, 2018.

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    Newbiegrowerrr

    Newbiegrowerrr Member

    I'm about to hang and dry my plant in a bathroom but I have to go away for 3 days and was wondering if the room is always cool and has very low humidity and the buds are being dried below the bathroom ceiling fan , do I still need a fan to circulate the air in the bathroom? It's a decent sized bathroom and it's only 1 plant drying , I'm not sure if I want to leave a pedestal fan running in the room while I'm away for 3 days for safety reasons but I'm not sure if mold will develop due to lack of circulation even if temps in the room are fine?
     
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    SPLFreak808

    SPLFreak808 Well-Known Member

    I would use the fan.. Not directly at the buds though.
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    If you are exchanging the air through the ceiling fan you should be fine.

    I have dried in a bathroom before w no fan. I did refresh the air though.
     
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    RetiredGuerilla

    RetiredGuerilla Well-Known Member

    The more stem and stalk you remove the more moisture you remove. At least keep temps in the mid 60's.
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    I think were all right. Lol
    But
    Honestly since you wont be there to watch for mold I would consider even a tiny fan at the floor just to move a bit of air.

    Why risk it
     
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    Newbiegrowerrr

    Newbiegrowerrr Member

    I definetly want to use a fan but because il be away for 3 days and I know it's highly unlikely but il be worried if the fan would over heat or malfunction and set the place on fire while I'm away or is that remotely impossible with standard pedestal fans ? Also what do u mean by refresh the air because I won't be there to refresh the air ?
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    I mean the fart fan in the ceiling of bathrooms, it will pull air out of the room and suck fresh air in from under the door as it does.
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    And I have never had a fan catch fire or ever met anyone who has. I wouldn't sweat that.
     
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    RetiredGuerilla

    RetiredGuerilla Well-Known Member

    Family has a little cottage a hour north. No one went up there for like 3 years. I needed a place to crash so i had to clean it up. A ceiling fan was left on the entire time and worked fine for the additional 4 years I crashed there (rent free). Also vines climbed 12 feet up the deck and became so intertwined in the grill I had to cut out the poor grill. Snake skins were in the house. Mice had built nest in the bathroom drawers....a real mess this place.
     
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    Newbiegrowerrr

    Newbiegrowerrr Member

    Sorry I may have have been a bit confusing, I was always planning on leaving the ceiling exhaust fan on , I was wondering if I needed an extra pedestal fan inside the room to circulate air or will it be just fine with the ceiling fan sucking the air out the whole 3 days ? Did u mean dont sweat leaving a pedestal fan on 3 days straight ? Can I even spread the branches apart more to dry to avoid chances of getting mold
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    Leave the ceiling exhaust fan on
    Also leave the other fan on to move the air around,
    Don't point the fan directly at the plant
     
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    Newbiegrowerrr

    Newbiegrowerrr Member

    Alright il do that, prob just chuck it on swing facing the other way , cheers for the advice!
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member

    Maybe cut the branches and hang them with a little space between them so the buds do not touch.

    And the bathroom exhaust fan should be perfect to exhaust the humidity by itself.
     
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    70's natureboy

    70's natureboy Well-Known Member

    I would be worried about them getting too dry while you are gone. If the humidity is 55 or under i don't think you need a fan.
     
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    Sir Napsalot

    Sir Napsalot Well-Known Member

    My bathroom ceiling fan runs constantly for ~2 weeks at harvest time
     
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    natureboygrower

    natureboygrower Well-Known Member

    The fan will be fine running while you're gone.
    Not trying to bust your balls op,not sure if this was an unexpected trip out of town or not?Drying and curing is just as important as the grow itself.You've spent a lot of time growing/caring for your plant and now that you won't be home to control your drying climate,you may not like your results.Like the other Natureboy stated,i'd be worried about too low of humidity.I'm currently drying @60% and 60-62°.I've learned the hard way,myself.if it was an unplanned trip after harvest,not much you can do.Personally,I might have waited to harvest when i got back if it wasnt.:peace:
     
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    charface

    charface Well-Known Member

    Screwing up on the dry/cure really sux.
    Most people don't realize how much time I spend after all is trimmed and in jars.
    Constant checking n adjusting fir a few weeks.

    But soooo worth it.
     
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    natureboygrower

    natureboygrower Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%.Awful to have killer looking bud that has zero taste,no smell and a harsh burn.I dried in January during a wicked cold snap.22% humidity in the house.i could only get my humidity up to maybe 45% and even with my temps around 55° it still dried too fast.Which leads me to the conclusion that even with low temps,if humidity is too low,it's still drying too fast.
     
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    Newbiegrowerrr

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    It was a planned trip but unexpected harvest , I got a loupe late to check trichs and was already 30%amber so chucked the plant in 2 days darkness then cut today. It was first time trimming , 1 plant took 7 hours to trim with ! Is that normal ? Anyways I go away in 3 days and this is how I just hung them , is that too close to the exhaust fan in the roof directly above it Half a metre away, should I leave the exhaust fan off completely for a slower dry?should I bunch the buds together or further apart ? Any suggestions cheers in advance! IMG_4319.JPG
     
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    MichiganMedGrower

    MichiganMedGrower Well-Known Member


    I would hang them with space between the branches and no plant matter touching. I also might lower the setup away from the fan. Ambient exhausting airflow is fine. It will gently remove the humidity. I will guess at 60-70 degrees and 50-60% humidity they will be fine for 4-6 days before they dry too much and should have been jarred.

    I’m guessing here I don’t know how dense those buds feel or how moist they are.
     
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