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Crypto Mining Shed Update – An In-Depth Look at Hardware and Airflow
It’s been a few weeks since the last crypto mining shed update, and there’s a lot of progress to report. In this article, we’ll discuss the current status of the shed, the hardware that has been purchased, and the airflow system that will keep the mining rigs cool and efficient.
Shed Progress and Upcoming Inspection
The custom lean-to style shed is being built by a local Amish company in Pennsylvania and is expected to be delivered and installed within the next two weeks. Before any work can begin on the electrical system, the shed will need to pass an inspection by the township. During this waiting period, work can begin on setting up the airflow system for the mining rigs.
Hardware and Electrical System Overview
A significant amount of hardware has been purchased in preparation for the crypto mining shed project. Three 30 amp 240 volt power sources will be installed in meter boxes, with 10-2 wiring being used for proper connection. Digital meters will help to monitor and balance power usage for the entire shed. Additionally, a 20 amp 120 volt connection will be installed for outlets, exhaust fans, and potential workspace needs.
Three Trip Lite PDUs will be utilized to provide power for the mining rigs, with 8-amp C13 to C14 connections for ASIC mining. For Internet connectivity, Ethernet cables will be run from an existing garage switch to a new switch within the shed, and then connected to the mining rigs with short three-foot cables.
Airflow and Cooling System
A key aspect of maintaining efficient mining operations is providing adequate airflow and cooling for the rig components. To achieve this, a combination of gable vents, shutter fans, and filter systems will be installed to create a wind tunnel effect within the shed. Initially, 12-inch shutter fans were considered for exhaust purposes, but concerns regarding airflow led to the decision to utilize four 16-inch AC Infinity T16 shutter fans instead, providing a total of 12,000 CFM.
These shutter fans will be connected to AC Infinity Controller 76’s to manage the fan speed based on temperature. The intake for the shed will be handled by six 12×16 gable vents, each containing blue and white air filters that will be replaced quarterly to maintain proper airflow.
Concerns about water being pulled in through the intake vents due to high exhaust rates have led to the potential addition of protective hoods for the gable vents, with a final decision to be made in the coming weeks.
ASIC Mining and Dedicated Airflow System
In addition to the extensive cooling system for GPU mining, a dedicated intake and exhaust system will be set up for an Antminer S19j Pro ASIC miner. An 8-inch inline hood will be mounted to the side of the shed, leading to a small run of 8-inch ductwork and then through an AC Infinity inline MERV filter box. The placement of the inline fan, whether before or after the intake box, is still under consideration and feedback from the community would be appreciated.
After passing through the filter box, the intake air will be directed into a soundproofing box from Cryptology Consulting, which houses the ASIC miner. This box will be connected to 3D printed adapters by Crypto Cloaks, then ductwork, and finally, an exhaust vent mounted on the outside of the shed.
Upcoming Shed Installation and Tour
With the shed expected to arrive and be installed within the next two weeks, the next video and article will provide a tour of the finished structure. In the meantime, any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the hardware, airflow, and setup of the crypto mining shed are welcomed and can be left in the comments below.
This project has been an exciting and challenging journey, and the valuable input from the mining community helps ensure its success. Be sure to check back for updates and the upcoming shed installation and tour, and hit “subscribe” to stay informed on this fascinating project.