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07-15-2009, 01:28 PM
So in addition to my big cabela's dehydrator, I built this one over the past few weeks to dehydrate stuff in the sun!
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The inside filled with parsley
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Just figured I'd share with people who would appreciate :)
07-15-2009, 01:46 PM
Wow is RIGHT! I literally gasped. It's just beautiful and it was so nice of you to post pictures - thank you!
And what a pretty SF gardening bed also! *Ü*
07-15-2009, 02:27 PM
That's way cool!
Why the slide? Is there a fan? Do you monitor temp or jsut take what the sun provides?
I want to sun dry things too!
07-15-2009, 06:26 PM
Thanks! The slide portion is basically a collector box, with the bottom being foil faced insulation and 3 layers of black aluminum screen in the middle and the top is the glass. The sun's heat collects in that chamber, and moves upwards (heat rises) into the chamber where the veggies are. Then that heats up and I can monitor that by way of the thermometer you see on the side, and I haven't had it above 120 in the brightest of days we've had, and when it gets that high, I just pop up the top a bit and that lowers the temp.
No fan... the air moves itself... thermosyphon like. 140 bucks to build the whole thing and has about 25sqft of drying area inside.
07-16-2009, 04:16 AM
THAT IS SOOOOOO PRUDY. I am so looking Green, just like some Kale. I sure would like to have one of THEM:). I LOVE working that Sun. Thanks for Sharing and IN....JOY.
07-16-2009, 06:47 AM
My pleasure. And just so you know... I've started using your "in joy" line in my emails to people. I never thought about the word enjoy having the meaning "in joy". Thanks for bringing that into my life.
Getting ready to see Matthew Kenney tonight, too... super pumped.
07-16-2009, 09:39 AM
I'm still so facinated, and wondering if I could do a smaller version somehow......
Did you make it up yourself, or where did you get the plans/inspiration from?
07-16-2009, 03:44 PM
The plans came from the Maine Solar Primer, via the Appalachain State University. And yes, you could definitely make one on a smaller scale. People have made solar dryers out of pizza boxes :)
07-16-2009, 03:53 PM
07-16-2009, 08:42 PM
Very cool - I'm impressed :)
07-17-2009, 09:04 AM
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