Space Buckets are easy to make, and require readily available items for construction. Total investment is about $100, depending on what materials the user can recycle. You can see a rundown of costs (including seeds and nutrients) in this thread from the community. In the Gallery you’ll find images of the finished setup(s): the style of the buckets may vary depending on the materials available, but their function is the same. Sounds interesting? You can take the next step with the DIY guide.
This shopping list serves as a starting point for one basic CFL Space Bucket:
- At least four 5gal (20L) buckets, and one lid.
- At least four 23-27w CFL bulbs, with their E27 sockets.
- Two PC Fans and also a 12v power supply.
- A power strip, and a 24h timer. Some wire and minor tools.
The table below features trusted products for Space Bucket builds. You can use the filter menu or the search bar to browse the ever growing item collection. Suggestions are welcome!
|BlackStar 135W LED Light||UFO LED Grow Light, good round form factor.||$130||#|
|26-Watt CFL||6 pack, soft white.||$14||@|
|23-Watt CFL||4 pack, cool white.||$17||@|
|E27 Socket (with leads)||Coming soon||$4||@|
|6-Outlet Power Strip||Coming soon||$10||@ #|
|12v 1A Power Supply||1 Ampere, good for at least 2 PC fans.||$5||@ #|
|White Lamp Cord||8 inches (20cm) of standard wire. Comes with a plug on one end.||$5||@|
|Scotch Super 33+||High Quality electrical tape. Useful for wiring and light proofing.||$8||@ # =|
|Assorted wire Nuts||Safe way to handle splices. 107 pieces!||$8||@ # =|
|MassCool 8×8 PC Fan||Simple ventilation solution. Use with a 12v power supply.||$5||@ #|
|CoolerMaster 12×12 Fan||Bigger 12v fan. Careful with light leaks!||$12||@ #|
|4″ Inline Fan (190 CFM)||Efficient ventilation solution. Includes carbon filter.||$110||@|
|Fan Speed Controller||Useful for lowering inline fan noise.||$19||@|
|FoxFarm Trio||Most recommended soil formula nutrients.||$30||%|
|FoxFarm Ocean Forest||Balanced and trusted organic soil.||$17||%|
|5gal Smart Pots||Flexible container for the plant. Comes with handles.||$10||%|
|pH Control Kit||Up and Down solution by General Hydroponics. For soil.||$10||%|
|Natural Perlite||No additives! Use it in your soil mix.||$7||%|
|Rooters Mycorrhizae||A mycorrhiza is a symbiotic association between a fungus and the roots.||$13||%|
|Dremel Rotary Tool Kit||Ideal for bucket cutting and building.||$80||&|
|Soldering Tool Kit||Solder your splices for electrical safety!||$15||&|
|Lux Light Meter||Find out your bucket light output.||$19||&|
|Soil pH Meter||Used to test and diagnose soil pH.||$10||&|
|Caliber III Hygrometer||Measures temperature and relative humidity. Important for curing!||$15||&|
|5gal (20l) White Bucket||Basic container for a Space Bucket.||$8||@ #|
|Reflective Mylar Film||2 mil thickness, sturdy!||$22||=|
|Analog Timer||Controls light periods for the plant.||$23||=|
|Elmer’s Glue Sticks||Used to stick Mylar film to the walls of the bucket.||$5||=|
|Two-part Epoxy Putty||Seal sockets (or anything) with this putty.||$12||=|
|4 Socket Bulb Adapter||Comes already wired with a plug. Easy installation, includes a fuse.||$19||@|
|What a plant knows||A field guide to the senses. By Daniel Chamovitz||$10||Books|
|The Cannabis Grow Bible||The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana. By Greg Green||$15||Books|
|Marijuana Horticulture||The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible. by Jorge Cervantes||$25||Books|
|LED strip light||Strip lights (300x5050SMD LEDs). Includes power supply and dimmer.||$25||@ #|