Just thought I would show you my new D.I.Y Pollen press.
Its made of out Food Safe Stainless Steel.. not that I think the Food Safe thing would make a differnce, but it sounds cool apart from the big screw... which is Galvanised Steel.
Basicly, the main body is just a bit of box section cut down, and then a nut was tacked in the middle of the box section at one end, so the big screw can come threw the center of the box section. The screw pushes down on one plate ( The plate has a drilled out nut on it to help keep the plate level ) which will then push on the Pollen which has another removeable plate on the other side. The plates are then stopped from coming out the other side by two small bolts which are taken out when you are filling or unloading your pollen.
So far I have put about 5 small blocks worth in, experimenting every time. I have only used fan leaf's that where trimmed from a grow about a month ago, so there not THC loaded by anymeans. The great thing about having a metal press compared to a bit of cellafane ( the plastic from ciggy box's ) is that you can keep it in the oven for alot longer, and at a higher heat, But I have only experimented with longer cooking times on the same heat ( 180* on my Electric Fan Cooker ).
Other advantages are, It can be pressed alot harder and quicker and with more ease than a Rolling pin, and can be pressed before putting in the oven which I dont think was very possible with Cellafane. There are no risk of the bag splitting or melting on your product And it can be put straight into a fridge ( I let it cool down for half an hour on window sill so its just warm, I dont want to over work my freezer
The problems I have found so far are... its extremely hot to handle, even with folded wet tea towls, which makes it very interesting when your trying to press it after its come out the over ( but it is do able with care ). And the small bolts at the end can bend pretty easy when its hot and being pressed.
Anyway, Enough bullshit, Heres some pics of the press and some crap leaves I run threw.
Edited by Troubled Mind, 26 December 2008 - 04:35 PM.