Arguably, one of the great joys of cannabis happens before you smoke. Holding a bud between your fingers, gazing at the frosty coating of tiny trichome crystals as you try to take a pic with your camera with the other hand.
But as you surely know, those trichomes that fall off and become kief aren’t just nice to look at, they’re full of THC and can easily be harvested to make all types of cannabis concentrates.
But before you launch a kief salvage expedition, make sure to get your hands on a kief box.
What is a kief box?
Akin to a small home cigar humidor, kief boxes — also known as pollen sifter boxes — are usually made of wood and include a place to stash your weed as well as everything that’s needed to filter out kief and collect it for later.
Typically kief boxes include at least two compartments. There is the top lid which opens and can be used to stash buds as well as papers and other paraphernalia. The bottom of the top compartment is typically a kief filter or sifting screen, and below there is usually a second compartment where the kief falls and remains until it is collected.
Sifting screens will usually include a micron count, and the lower the number, the smaller the materials that can sift through. Smaller micron counts produce a more high quality kief, though the yield will be smaller than that of higher micron count filters.
How do you use a sifter box?
Kief boxes are quite easy to use. Simply take a bud of dry cannabis flower and place it in the top compartment above the sifter screen. You can then decide either to gently rub it across the screen or close the top and shake the kief box.
If your herb is too moist, you’ll have trouble getting much kief and you may also clog up the screen.
In most pollen boxes, the kief will stay contained in the bottom compartment until you want to harvest it, but if you’d like, you can remove it right away and store it, smoke it, or….really whatever your heart desires.
The best kief boxes
- Price: $39.00
- Material: Wood with glass top
- Dimensions: Available in small (3×5 inches) and medium (4×7 inches). Interior box depth is 1.625 inches
- Screen type/materials: 100 micron monofilament screen
- Available colors: Natural and walnut finish
- Other relevant information: Comes with a black lucite tray for kief collection. Magnetically-secured closures keep it safely closed. Etched glass provides an attractive, classy look along with the walnut finish.
The RYOT Glass Top Screen Box is a perfectly straightforward and highly effective way of storing your weed and getting the most (kief) out of your cannabis.
The box is attractively constructed in wood with a 100 micron monofilament screen to help sift out high-quality kief from your buds. There is also a drawer and a lucite tray to collect your kief. And the glass top? Perfect for observing your buds without opening the lid.
The box comes in two sizes — small and medium — and can be ordered with either a natural or walnut finish. Inside, it has a removable storage divider, perfect for storing some rolling and trimming tools with your buds.
The box also includes a 100% satisfaction guarantee and free, fast shipping if ordering inside the US.
- Price: $41.99
- Material: Pine wood
- Dimensions: 5.5″ x 4″ x 2.75″
- Screen type/materials: 100 micron mesh screen
- Other relevant information: Extra strength magnets to secure box, removable glass tray for pollen collection. Lid includes a rolling “V” and paper storage compartment for easy rolling.
“Shake, sift, and store”
The Pine Pollen Sifter Box by Green Goddess is a nice, intuitively built piece of wood craftsmanship that makes sifting kief and rolling joints quite simple.
The box is three separate pieces in one — lid, filter section, and catch tray. Made out of sturdy pine wood, it includes a 100 micron mesh screen in the middle to sift kief to the glass collection tray below. And when you’re done, it all closes and seals up nicely thanks to the extra-strength magnets.
And when it’s time to break up the bud and roll a joint, the lid has a magnetic rolling “V” and a place to store your papers.
- Price: $45.25
- Material: Bamboo
- Dimensions: Medium (4″ x 6.5″) and small (3″ x 5″)
- Screen type/materials: 125 micron sifting screen
- Other relevant information: 100% satisfaction guarantee, free shipping inside USA, and expert product support
This kief box from Grindhouse is smooth, sleek, easy-to-use and made entirely of bamboo.
The box comes in two easy sizes and couldn’t be easier to use — with a three-piece design, magnetic lid, and a 125 micron sifting screen that floats your kief down onto a black tempered glass plate for collecting.
The box also just looks nice and should fit on or under any coffee table.
To sweeten the deal, Grindhouse also includes free shipping inside the USA and provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
- Price: $32.65
- Material: Wood
- Dimensions: 4″ x 6″ x 2.5”
- Screen type/materials: 125 microns
- Other relevant information: Comes with sliding cover & bottom tray as well as tempered glass collection tray.
If you’re looking for an affordable kief box that doesn’t sacrifice quality or effectiveness for price, then consider the Grindhouse Small Drawer Style Sifter Box.
Almost akin to a small bedside table, the box uses a three part design that includes a slide out magnetic lid, sifting screen, and slide out collection tray. And all of that on a frame that measures just 4 inches by 6 inches.
And once the kief falls down, it collects on a dark glass tray for easy collecting.
And now for something completely different.
- Price: $14.95
- Material: Aluminum
- Dimensions: 4.5″
- Screen type/materials: Metal screen
- Other relevant information: Free shipping above $50 within USA as well as easy returns policy.
If you’re looking to shake things up a bit, or you’ve found that you aren’t getting enough kief with a wooden pollen box, then take a look at the Aluminum Pollen Shaker.
It really couldn’t be easier both in form and function. Standing just 4.5 inches tall, the shaker has a simple mechanism — just put the flower in the chamber, close the shaker…..and shake it. The kief will sift through the metal screen into a removable bottom chamber.
Now, it doesn’t allow you to watch the kief fall off your buds in real time, but it’s a very effective way to manually, and a bit more rigorously work that kief off your weed.
DIY kief boxes
There are a number of different methods you can use to sift kief without purchasing a pollen box, and they can be quite effective.
You can go to a hobby store or art store and buy a silk screen for making t-shirts. Find one that’s 110 microns or less, and then stretch it over a shadow box where the kief will collect on the glass to be scooped up later.
You can also use the silk screen to create a Morcoccn kief drum, one of the oldest ways of collecting kief for hash production. Simply stretch the silk screen over a bucket, place your cannabis on top of the silk screen, and place a layer of fabric over the weed and beat it like a drum.
This isn’t a method for collecting kief off of a small amount of premium cannabis flower, but if you have a large stash of herb and you’re looking to make hash, it’s a great way to collect that kief.
If you have a small piece of low micron sifting screen, or a fine mesh screen, you can take it and wrap it over the top of a mason jar, and screw it on with a two part lid. Then simply rub cannabis flower across the top until it falls into the jar for safe keeping.
A lid like this: