Stealth Grow Boxes
For many indoor growers stealth is of the utmost importance. A successful marijuana grow can give itself away in many ways. You need to conceal odors, light and noise. A stealth hydroponic grow box is the perfect solution.
Most grow boxes are designed with stealth in mind, but the actual degree of security varies from grow box to grow box. We’ve looked through all the options on the market and chosen the very stealthiest grow boxes for your next secret grow.
|#1.||Fully Automated Smart Box, 2 Plant Medicinal Grow, Full Spectrum LED Lights|
|#2.||9 Plant Grow Box, Deep Water Culture Hydroponics, Lifetime Warranty|
|#3.||Continual Grow 9 Plants, Wi-Fi Controller, PH Automated Control, LED Lights|
|#4.||Hydroponic 6 Plant Capacity, Incredible Customer Service and Support|
|#5.||Dual Chamber Soil Grow, 8 Flowering Plants, 72 Clones, LED and Fluorescent Lighting|
|#6.||SuperPonics, 8 Plant Capacity, Lifetime Customer and Tech Support|
|#7.||Dual Chamber Continual Grow, SuperPonics, Full Spectrum Kind LED Lights|
When choosing a grow box for stealth, there are several important considerations:
|#1.||Does the grow box keep 100% of odors from leaking out?|
|#2.||Do any rays of light slip past the edges of the door?|
|#3.||Ever seen a steaming file cabinet? Me neither.|
|#4.||Again, humming and buzzing and fans rattling in your filing cabinets? Nope.|
|#5.||Color? Shape? Does it look natural in your home?|
|#6.||At the end of the day a grow box must fit your budget while still providing all the stealth features you need.|
Of course, the grow box must also suit your needs. Consider the plant capacity and potential yields, whether it has single or dual chambers and whether it is set-up for a hydroponic or soil grow. For more details about choosing a great grow box for growing marijuana, check out our Grow Box Guide.
As we all know, the wonderfully pungent smell of ripe weed can be so strong that it is overpowering. Some seed strains like Skunk #1, Hindu Kush or Cheese are especially potent. Keeping these buds from giving away your grow takes serious odor control.
There are several ways stealth grow boxes combat odors, some more effectively than others:
- Odor Absorbing Gels
- Some of the cheaper grow boxes use odor controlling gels. They do work well in small spaces, but they are not potent enough for especially stinky strains or larger set-ups.
- Gels are consumed over time and will need replacement. Don’t just follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Be prepared to change them sooner if you start to notice any odor.
- Carbon Filters
- Carbon filtration is your best option for total piece of mind as far as odors are concerned. Carbon filtration works by passing the outflow of air from your growing space through activated carbon granules.Activated carbon is charcoal that has been chemically treated to give it a very open structure. The result is a highly porous substance that has an incredibly large surface area, making lots of spaces to trap the tiny odor molecules.
- Choose a system with the largest granules possible by either weight or size. Larger granules = more powerful odor control
- You will have to change the activated carbon in your filters from time to time.
- Brand name carbon filters like are better than generic versions. Sad but true, where stealth is concerned the more expensive choice is often the most effective.
Strange lights coming from cabinets, attics and spare rooms or tents can also be a tell tale sign that there’s a bit of indoor gardening going on. It is important that the light stays inside the cabinet.
A good Grow Box will be completely light tight and have light baffles fitted to keep the light in. More on marijuana grow lights.
Whilst heat signatures can be a problem for big grow ops, small localized heat signatures are unlikely to cause too much trouble. However warm air will be vented from your grow box. If it is in a room where visitors go they might find it odd that your filing cabinet is generating heat.
Why do Grow Boxes Get Hot?
Your grow lights are the source of heat in a stealth grow box. HID lights in particular generate a lot of heat and can burn plants in the confined spaces of a grow box. For a stealth grow, choose CFL or LED lights:
CFL Grow Lights – Remain cool to the touch and make controlling heat in a grow box easy. They are not as effective as producing high yields as HID or Full-Spectrum LEDs.
LED Grow Lights – These are the Holy Grail of low heat cannabis lighting. They are much cooler than HID grow lights because they are more efficient. Save energy, keep the grow box cool and watch your plants thrive.
Learn all about the best Full Spectrum LED grow lights of 2016.
A good stealth grow box is lined with Mylar, a reflective paneling that returns errant light to the center of the grow box. This improves growth and insulates the grow box. Look for grow boxes with removable Mylar panels for easier cleaning.
There are two important financial factors to consider when purchasing a stealth grow box:
1. The Initial Cost
You should consider your goals when choosing a grow box. If you are an occasional grower, a cheaper grow box might be a reasonable option. But if you plan to use the grow box continuously, and stealth is essential to your operation, investing in a more expensive and higher quality grow box makes sense.
Keep in mind that a grow box using full spectrum LED grow lights will cost more than one with HID or CFL lights… but it will save you lots of money in the long run when it comes to:
2. The Ongoing Utility Bills
You are looking for an efficient grow box. Hot systems are inefficient and cost more to run than cool systems. That means that HIDs are the most expensive to run, followed by CFLs with LEDs being the cheapest option in terms of electric bills.
Bear in mind that Grow Box kits will also have fans running and hydro systems will have air and/or water pumps running too. However electricity consumption of these components is negligible by comparison.
Use this simple calculation to figure out the cost of running your grow box:
What does the lamp cost?
The electric company charges you by the kilowatt hour, which is 1000 Watts per hour.
A 400 Watt bulb uses 40% of a kilowatt hour. A 250 Watt bulb uses 25%. If you are using LED lights, consider their “actual Watts” to do this calculation. You can find that information for the best LED grow lights on the market on our LED Grow Light Review page.
Take a look at your electric bill to find the price you pay per unit (remember, the unit is 1 kilowatt hour).
You pay $0.15 per kilowatt hour.
You are using a 400 Watt HID grow light.
400 ÷ 1000 = 0.4 (that’s the 40% of a kilowatt hour your grow light uses)
0.4 kilowatt hours x $0.15 = $0.06 per hour
In this example, it costs you 6 cents to run your grow light for one hour. Simply multiply this number by the number of hours you plan to run the light in a month and you can figure out your monthly electric bill.
You should do it, the answer is quite often a nice surprise as growing weed indoors doesn’t need to be as expensive as most people think.
Noise is an obvious cause for concern when thinking about stealth. Low hums and the noise of water trickling can seem almost inaudible during the daytime but sound deafening in the dead of night.
Luckily most of the stealth Grow Boxes use components designed to run quietly. Read carefully what they say about noise and don’t be afraid to contact them and ask for more information. Most of them say something along the lines of ‘whisper quiet’. This means not silent, but around about as loud as the background noise in a quiet library. If your neighbors are behind walls, they will never hear it. If the people that you don’t want to hear the noise are in the same house, then you should opt for a system that claims to be completely silent.
The main source of noise from a cabinet grow is from the fans. Again it is safe to say that the better quality fans will run the quietest. This is reflected in price so you will need to balance your need for stealth with your budget. If a Grow Box uses a branded fan, such as the Mortgage Lifter 3.0 which uses a Phresh fan, you can proceed with more confidence and check out the brand to see what others are saying about them.
The appearance of a Grow Box is key to stealthy growing. Think camouflage. If it is something that is going to be in an area of your home that has people passing through you will want something that does not look out of place.
The Locker type Grow Boxes, such as the Super Locker 3.0 look really like boring office furniture and allow the eye to slip over them without taking too much notice. For the maximum in stealth appearance you could consider a PC Grow Box. A PC tower humming away quietly to itself in the corner of a room is something that nobody would normally look twice at.
Best Stealth Grow Boxes
There are lots of different Grow Boxes available for you to choose. If stealth is important to you, give some thought to the above before choosing.
There are lots of different Grow Boxes available for you to choose. Here are the ones we like the best:
GOOD FOR: Large grows up to 32 plants; Full cycle rotation; Cloning
The Stealth Box Supreme is all about stealth. This large cabinet looks like any workshop locker, but inside you’ll find:
- Powerful Custom Made LED Grow Lights
- Effective SuperPonics System
- Dual Chamber for Full Cycle Rotation
- Space for 32 Plants
GOOD FOR: Medium grows up to 9 small plants
Grandma’s Secret Garden is a budget end grow box that takes stealth seriously. It might be short in size, but it is packed with stealth features that will help to put your mind at rest:
- Dual High Spec Carbon Filters
- 360 Watts of CFL Lighting for High Yields with Low Heat
- Deep Water Culture Hydroponics System
- Flowering and Vegging Bulbs
- High Quality Components
GOOD FOR: Medium grows up to 14 small plants
The MediCab Micro is the ideal grow cabinet for anyone trying to grow enough for personal use. It is an inexpensive grow box with quality features:
- Universal Hydro LED Lighting Panel – Ultra Low Heat
- Industrial Grade Carbon Filters
- Combined Aeroponics and Deep Water Culture Hydro System
The whole package is easy to use and comes as a plug and play cabinet that won’t look out of place in any room. Click here for more information and reviews about the Medicab Micro Grow Box
GOOD FOR: Medium grows up to 6 plants
The Cash Crop 2.7 Grow Box is a single compartment grow box that is ideal for those just starting out, or for those on a restricted budget. This is a no frills grow box that provides all the basics that you will need to grow up to six medium sized plants.
Even if your budget is restricted, stealth is still highly important, so the Cash Crop 2.7 has plenty of stealth features including:
- Whisper Quiet Fans
- Dual Carbon Filters
- CFL Low Heat Lighting
- Deep Water Culture Hydroponics System
Click here for more information and reviews of the Cash Crop 2.7
5. PC Grow Box
GOOD FOR: Small grows up to 2 very small plants
This is one of our favorites. It might be small, but the PC grow box is the ultimate in stealth growing. Nobody would ever look twice at the PC tower in the corner of the room. Only you will know that instead of solid state electronics it is packed with stealthy growing equipment:
- ONA Block Odor Absorption System
- Nearly Silent Dual Fans
- Low Heat CFL Lighting
- Deep Water Culture Hydroponics System
Click here for more information and reviews of the PC Grow Box.
GOOD FOR: Medium to large grows for soil; Full cycle rotation; Cloning
The Earth Cab Grow Box series offers soil based grow boxes in various sizesfor those who still like to get their hands in the dirt. Choose a single or dual chamber grow box depending on your needs.
All of the boxes in the Earth Cab range take stealth very seriously. All of their stealth grow boxes include:
- Oversized Activated Carbon Filter to Eliminate Odors
- Exhaust Mufflers
- Super Quiet Components
Click here for more information and reviews of the Earth Cab Grow Box series.