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Title: DIY Fume hood
Post by: horsebox on December 27, 2009, 03:14:10 PM
I'm in college at the moment so I can't afford to move outta my ma's house. The only place I can practice any chemistry is in my bedroom but theres a nice spot in the corner of the room where I could build a fume hood. I'm gonna build it out of gypsum drywall so it'll be fireproof. I worked construction for a year so I know how to build the actual box out of drywall but I have no idea how I'll go about setting up the filtration and ventilation system. This spot is right by a window so I'm gonna just hang the tube out the window but I'm wondering how complicated it is installing a ventilation system into a fumehood. I can probably get away with a bottle of water and a bucket for the water source/sink and if I really need a vacuum I'll just put an aspirator into the fume hood.

Has anyone here built a fume hood?
Title: Re: DIY Fume hood
Post by: Grundalizer on December 27, 2009, 04:44:00 PM
I'd check out which is another forum that is focused on mainly more advanced DIY at home stuff.  I know i've seen a couple posts about homeade fume hoods there.  It's important I think to find a way of drawing/sucking out air with a machine that doesn't have an open copper coil like I see most fans have.  Imagine sucking out organic solvent vapor and having a spark go off and flames shooting out of your window in the suburbs, it might cause a problem.  Check that site out they have really good stuff and hardcore amateur chemists
Title: Re: DIY Fume hood
Post by: billnotgatez on December 27, 2009, 09:37:46 PM
This has been discussed several times
here is one entry

Title: Re: DIY Fume hood
Post by: on January 10, 2010, 02:55:54 PM
For a water source, I.e for distilling, etc. I highly recommend you get a small water pump for fountains, and a bucket of water. You can get this water pumps from places like harbor freight for pretty cheap. You can also get a vacuum pump for fairly cheap from them.

Best of luck! I hope to see you document your progress! That would really help out a lot of people.