Inexpensive studio ventillation

I am moving my studio into the attic…can anyone recommend a good
way to ventilate that is inexpensive??

Laura J. Designs
Laura Jackson

Laura i would start lookig at the dumpster area behind the heating
and air cond shops for a big squirrel cage blower then you only need
a fan motor and a belt the rest is up to you good luck - g

I am moving my studio into the attic.....can anyone recommend a
good way to ventilate that is inexpensive?? 

A window.

OK this may sound unreal but a chicken brooder hood is excellent and
sometimes can be found free or cheap from Craigslist, or shutdown
chicken raising operations.Just go to the feed store and invest in a
bottle of Novalsan- it’s intended to be a a barn and stall wash, but
will kill anything- microbial, viral, bacterial, or smaller! I used
it after the floodwaters of hurricane katrina devastated my
-everything, but at least what’s left is sanitary!! Great stuff about
18 bucks for a bottle of concentrate, and coming from any chicken
raising operation best to err on the cautious side and kill
everything before installing it above your soldering/grinding area,or
turn on its side and use it as a draw fan, which is also an option
though not as powerful. or wherever you were thinking of placing it
they move more cubic feet per minute than any range hood available,
and is quieter than most industrial air filtration systems, which I’m
guessing are out of your price range. so look for one. free is good!
One of the main problems with any electric equipment and the users
opting to turn it on is the noise it makes, so keep that in mind when
searching…i know from experience that you won’t turn it on as often
as you should if it’s annoying…no matter that clearly defined risks
to one’s health…it all comes down to peace and quiet, or noise and
distraction…which would you choose??

If there’s no window- you’ll have to put a hole thru the roof and
create a stack vent.

Ruthie Cohen

If you would provide some info as to what you plan to do in your
studio; you’re likely to get more appropriate info.


How about TWO windows, plus strong exhaust fan. Actually an exhaust
fan behind your bench, blowing OUT a window is ideal, as it will
PULL fumes away from you.

Good luck,

Novalsan in the house is a standard lol It treats dogs and cats and
other animals for dermititis and is used on wounds to help them heal
great stuff cept Our cats see the blue gunk now and RUN they don;t
like the smell lol

Silver & Cameo Heritage Jewelry

Hi Laura,

Take a look at my glass shop ventilation. Mop bucket, dryer hose, 2
hose clamps, 20 feet of chain, 2 or 3 big question mark screw hooks
to hook the chain on, a few fittings from Home Depot, and a motor
from Grainger.

My glass shop is 8 ft x 12 ft x 24 ft, for a total of 2304 cu feet
of space.

My blower moves 900 cu ft per minute, so the air gets exchanged
every 3 minutes. When I have the big torch going, I point the flame
directly into the mop bucket, and all the fumes are removes

The nice thing is that I can move the bucket anywhere on the bench
to suck up whatever fumes I may be generating.

I used a Foredom Tool with a cutting disk to cut the circle in the
bottom of the mop bucket. Total install costs were less than $150,
including the motor.

Install took less than 2 hours after all the parts were assembled.

Love and God Bless

I am wondering if you are wanting a hood for solder fumes or dust?

Andy “The Tool Guy” Kroungold

I am wondering if you are wanting a hood for solder fumes or dust? 

For what it is worth, I think many of us would agree that a hood is
a poor choice for venting solder fumes. The fumes are drawn up, and
more or less past your face. A vent that draws back is a much
better choice, since it is hard to imagine that you would ever put
your face behind the soldering.


I may be wrong, but I think it’s called a laminar flow hood. A
friend with a backround in engineering generously provided the plans.
I think the configuration has much to do with how well it works. As
John Donivan and others have pointed out there’s an amazing amount
of info available via ‘Google’. Orchid is a wonderful resource but
knowing how to research a question is even better than someone giving
you the answer. Not meant for you Noel, just hitching to your post.


I think hoods are great for over kilns or ovens or closed chemical
workstations. But for the bench, the air should be drawn AWAY from
the person, not up into their face.

This means that exhaust fans should be at the rear of the bench,
ducted outside eventually, so that fumes (and fine dust) is pulled
ACROSS the bench away from the worker. This is the common and usual
arrangement seen in European shops and it can make a big difference.
No substitute for annoying masks, but…

Wayne Emery