Transitioning Away from the Bitcoin Mining Farm Model

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An Introduction to The Hobbyist Miner Channel

If you are a miner or interested in the mining industry, then you probably would have come across the Hobbyist Miner on YouTube. This channel offers insight into the world of mining, with regular updates on the host’s progress, mining rig setups, and other related topics. They’ve recently done an exciting update on their new mining shed which is now live and houses about 80-90% of the mining rigs. Their experience is always great to follow and learn from, especially for those who are just starting or planning to undertake similar projects.

Making Progress with the Mining Shed

The mining shed update video debuted after almost three weeks since the last one, highlighting the numerous enhancements made to the shed. One noteworthy improvement is the addition of tow cables for strengthening the structure. They are attached to a two-foot-long grounding rod drilled through a 4×4 wooden post and secured with a carabiner rated for a thousand pounds.

Other Updates and Upgrades

Apart from the structural improvements, the shed also has a new five-inch gutter, skewed downward to the left to help with water drainage during rainy seasons. Other featured updates include a more aesthetically pleasing lattice and the addition of more tie plates to the structure for added stability. The inside of the shed also saw some changes, including the installation of a new gladiator rack and adding another layer of epoxy floor coating for a smoother and cleaner finish.

How the Shed’s Interior Works

Taking a glance inside, the shed is organised to maximise space and efficiency. The shed features a gladiator rack meant to house the mining equipment. It is designed to be spacious enough to accommodate a broad assortment of machinery. Some of the machines include an x12 miner, A6 rigs, server cases, and an increasing number of GPUs.

Network Options & Features

The shed also provides for network connectivity options with a bottom layer holding PDUs and Ethernet cables. More specifically, there are two PDUs, each measuring 5100 and 4200, respectively, with room for a third one. The cables from the miners run up to a switch connected to the PDUs kept off the ground for added safety. These PDUs are connected to meter boxes through C19 or C20 and C14 ports.

Cable Management in the Shed

Cable management in the shed is pretty streamlined, with cables running down from the miners and converging into the switch connected to PDUs. Interestingly, some of the miners are using less cabling by employing wireless technology like the ipolos.

The Flow of Cooling in the Shed

Coming to the cooling aspects, the layout keeps the intake on one side and exhaust fans on the other. Here, the former sucks in fresh air cooling the machines, whereas the latter pushes out the hot air generated from the machines. Additionally, soundproofing foam has been applied to the intake and exhaust sides to reduce the noise made by the cooling fans.

Mini ASICS and Other Mining Equipment

Other notable pieces of equipment include the Mini ASICs, which are conveniently placed on the top rack since they can fit there perfectly. Then there are Dogecoin miners and Startcoin miners, both being powered by 1200 watt HP power supplies. Apart from that, the shed also contains Octominers that have been swapped with octopus cables for better efficiency.

Future Plans for the Mining Shed

As for future plans, the shed will soon be braced with lattice on the outside for aesthetic reasons. Additionally, some new mining rigs, including a 12 GPU rig from Triple A Wave, are expected to be introduced into the shed in the coming weeks. However, these machine introductions are predicted to fill up most of the vacant room, leaving little to no room for future expansion.

Looking ahead, there is a plan to replace some of the older and less efficient GPUs with more efficient models such as the 3070s, 3080s, 3060s, and the 6600s, depending on the trend of the altcoin market. This move aims to increase efficiency without necessarily having to expand the space.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, this update by the Hobbyist Miner on YouTube provides a snapshot of what can be achieved with strategic planning and clever execution. The video showcases a live, working mining shed that is organised, efficient, and optimised for maximum productivity. From securing structures with tow cables to placing the right miners at select locations in the shed, every aspect forms an essential part of the whole setup.

It indeed offers significant insight into physical crypto mining operations while also serving as a guide for enthusiasts who are looking into building a similar setup for their mining operations.

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  1. I just did similar to yours setup, here is something I did extra, I hooked up all of my miners to a wifi relay power switch, so if anything happen to my miner I can turn it on and off over my phone. This is helpful since couple miners kept disconnecting and I needed to power off then on to restart
    It was painful when I was away knowing I needed to do so

  2. The shed is coming together very well. Its now nice and tidy and organized with the rack and that epoxy floor looks great! Also from the outside it looks great! I love the color! Have fun!

  3. I have a question sir, here's the specs : mobo LGA 1155, i3 2100, 4gb ram, 600w gold atx, and for the gpu 2x1070ti
    Is it sufficient and safe for the starting point?
    I might to wait for the merge for the above spec completed build, saving "cold cash" a lil bit hard lately 🤦🏻‍♂️
    Thanks in advance 👍

  4. Cool to see. I would keep the ethernet and power away from each other as much as you can. Try to only cross power with ethernet perpendicular if you have to. Try to eliminate any potential emi and problems with crosstalk. Also I always push for redundancy personally. That nice of a setup would be nice to have redundant connections in the instance of failure whether it be a HA/highly available service (redundant firewalls) or even an LACP bond with dual/quad ethernet links in the instance of any port failure etc, even a cellular back haul option potentially. Really cool though. Heat not a problem where you live? That would be my biggest concern if I ever built one of these is cooling in the summers.

  5. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT, I wouldnt cut the pdu cables, I get the annoyance of the long pdu cables I have no idea what to do with it myself. I also love the small shelf for the network switch, I might have to do that myself!

  6. The shed looks great! Before you cut a cable you might want to reach out to the manufacturer, it may void the warranty of the PDU, and short out everything. In general it’s not a good practice. Run it in a loop and hang it off the corner post secured by large zip tie. Other than that, it looks very well thought out. I like the floor. We had that idea next on our list in the garage build.

  7. For the exhaust fans. AC Infinity has a controller called controller 69 that you can plug up to 4 fans into and the can all be ran off the same controller that does the speed based on the temp settings you select. I have the bluetooth one, but they just actually came out with a wifi one in May I believe. Takes the headache out of having to watch the temps all the time and adjusting the fan speed.

  8. Nice shed. I live in Utah and it gets up to 100-105 degrees Fahrenheit. Does the hot days effect your rigs?

    Also Utah is cold as shit. It will get as cold as 15 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Does cold effect the rigs.

    I really want to make rig farm.

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