Importance of a drip shield?

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By Snoopy (Snoopy) on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 08:27 pm:

I know that everyone stresses or, atleast in all the grow chamber plans, that a drip shield is needed. I understand that big drops of water can damage the cakes.. mine have been fruiting for about 3 days, and I don't have a drip shield...... is it really nessacery? And if so how nessacery ..... will the drops ruin some of my flushes?

By Marx2k (Marx2k) on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 09:03 pm:

If your humidity is high in your terrarium, the difference between a drip shield and not is the difference between having a healthy casing. Nice and moist but springy and airy or having a mud pie. I would recommend a simple piece of plexiglass bent in a "U" form over your casings, pressing and holding itself against the sides of your terarrium. Cheapest and most simple drip shield you can get.

By Trollhunter (Trollhunter) on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 09:43 pm:

never used one my self,just put some vasaline on the lid and spread it out .will stop the water from forming on the lid.and by the way have not posted in a while ,hope every one is doing well.

By Snoopy (Snoopy) on Sunday, October 28, 2001 - 09:51 pm:

Marx2k Yah I think I saw your friends setup with the bent plexiglass on a preivous post. I used to work in a glass facility that also did plexiglass so I am pretty sure I know what type to get..... just being lazy. I think i'll do that Ushape idea tho sounds like a good idea, and Troll, good call on the vasaline on the drip shield will probably incorporate that with what marx2K's idea.

By relic (Relic) on Monday, October 29, 2001 - 01:57 am:

in my experience, you only need a drip sheild when you use a humidifier, esp. ultrasonics. drip sheilds can also help keep from getting spray directly on your cakes if you use a mister.

By Marx2k (Marx2k) on Monday, October 29, 2001 - 06:07 am:

I dont know. For me, Id much rather just bend some plexiglass and put it in my terarrium than spread vaseline all over the lid of my terrarium. Seems a little cleaner.

But thats just me.

By relic (Relic) on Monday, October 29, 2001 - 09:00 am:

lol marx2k, i'd have to agree with that.

By SYDYSTYK (Addict) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 10:14 pm:

Syd's Spray Sheild
if anyone wants the details let me know

By Snoopy (Snoopy) on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - 11:46 pm:

wow that looks really nice, I'll have pics of mine posted soon.... no digital camera have to take with regular camera and then get them scanned. But are you at all concered for the cakes on the edge? It looks like there may not be enuff room I have like 5" Shroomz growing parrallel with the floor sticking out the sides. Just wondering if you ever run into space issues with that setup, as I have more cakes to put in there but I feel like I don't have enough room.

By SYDYSTYK (Addict) on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 12:58 am:

they grow aroud each other and the sides

By relic (Relic) on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 10:31 am:

syd, drops of water aren't a big deal unless they drop onto either a pin or other mushroom. if you get growing shrooms wet they will turn blue and abort.

By Fanaticus (Fanaticus) on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 08:57 pm:

A good thing about the shield, is that it will add two more surfaces laden with drops and fog inside the terrarium. This will add a significant plust to the humidification. the surfaces through the central area of the terrarium makes for much better humidified air than with the normal 6 sides of a terrarium. the two extra sides really do a great job of humidification PLUS, protecting from a drippy lid.


By quote: (Quote) on Friday, November 02, 2001 - 02:38 pm:

good point , extra surface area to mist.

Shroom Glossary

By Scotsman (Barrowland) on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 07:52 pm:

i just read a post there that says if using perlite u dont need a shield true or false

By Dr. Cubesis III (Newbieshroomer) on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 11:30 pm:

Check it out dude.

The reason for a DRIP shield is for water dripping from the top of the enclosure.

if your terrarium or whatever you use has a round top, you are fine. If water is going to bead above your mushrooms, you need a drip shield, and thats all there is to that.

By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 11:44 pm:

i've never bothered with one.

By Brad (Raze) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 12:03 am:

Cant you just smear it with vasoline? I read that somewhere

By quote: (Quote) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 12:06 am:

yup, that will greatly reduce condensation.

By Canadian Mushroom Grower (Canadian) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 12:08 am:

If PF cakes are growing in plastic tub with perlite on the bottom, do you still have to spray or can you just keep adding water to the perlite.

By Brad (Raze) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 12:26 am:

If its humid enough, you dont need to spray. But after openning it to check/pick the mushies, you might wanna mist the sides to help boost the hummidity

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 12:38 am:

have you ever tried shaving cream ontop of the rubbermaid? i know for a fact if you get shaving cream and whipe it on a mirror it wont fog up.....(of course you have to clean it off of the mirror first).... im wondering if it would work if you put it ontop of the rubbermaid? anyone wana test :X

thanks, let me know :)

By Trollhunter (Trollhunter) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 12:47 am:

vasoline is all i ever used .you dont need alot just a thin layer .

By Nan (Nanook) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 08:07 am:

I have never used a drip shield. As for misting with Perlite, you should mist whenever the walls of the container are dry, and you should spray the walls, not the cakes. You don't have to be picky, just effective.

As for dripping lids... Throw a sheet of plastic, rubber mat, or some bubble wrap on top of the 'maid and you will find dripping from the lid is not such a problem... Try it, it works. A thin layer of insulation on the lids promotes most of the condensation to the walls.

By Cragith Kilbonith (Kilborn) on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 03:01 pm:

good idea nook .