Mike Harris wrote:
I have considered constructing a sort of solar dehydrator that was customized for drying clothes. So instead of the clothes being dried, and consequently degraded, by direct UV rays there is a collector that feeds sun warmed air via convection through the column filled with wet clothes. This might be more appropriate in my climate where we have plenty of sun and not so appropriate in yours where it sounds like you get snow.
Kenneth Elwell wrote:scent your clothing by drying herbs at the same time! Dry your pajamas and lavender at the same time, what?!?! sleep tight! Zzzz...
I love this idea, of using a solar dehydrator for clothes drying, on it's "days off" from food preservation.
Possibly a nifty way to scent your clothing by drying herbs at the same time! Dry your pajamas and lavender at the same time, what?!?! sleep tight! Zzzz...
And being closed in, you spare yourself and others the embarrassment of seeing your undergarments, keep them from being blown away, and the shelves/racks would also be good for blocking delicate/knit things to dry in the correct shape.
Jay Angler wrote:The little frames with plastic clothespins can be handy for socks, but a) they're plastic and b) there's often not enough airspace for things to dry.
Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:
Here's another question--if you want that sunny smell on a shirt, say, how much time out in direct sunlight does that take? maybe just a few minutes? you could put a few shirts out on the porch and skip the socks. Or give everything a sunning once a month, once a quarter. Then use the dehydrator (or a sun room) the rest of the time.
Regarding the photovoltaic idea, I hadn't really thought that through. People generally want them oriented to the south, not the east and west. I don't know enough about them to know if it works well to give them sub-optimal light, in the hopes that they'll last longer even if they give less energy in the meantime.