I've just ordered a 250w MH
retro kit and am about to build a hood for a 44 gallon pentagon. The MH
will fit nicely with 2 small actinic mini-hoods and a couple fans under there.
Does anyone have any suggestions for the building process? My considerations are:
1. Moisture. The last hood I built of wood was fine over FW
, but has warped badly over SW
. I was thinking of a few coats of urethane under the hood, then "wallpaper" the inside with aluminum foil. Does this sound like a plan?
2. Heat. A decent amount of heat built up under my previous DIY
hood even with only 60w of NO
lighting. I'm upgrading to 250w. How much heat will I need to move and how tall should I build the hood?
3. Fire Hazard. As if a giant plate-glass box filled with hundreds of pounds of water surrounded by 500w of electricity isn't enough of a hazard, I'm now adding high heat and wood to the mix. Is there any precautions I should take in mounting the MH
fixture to the top of the wood hood? Possibly some kind of buffer between them?
Any comments from DIYers' are appreciated.
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