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Solar Panels - Dehydrator

 
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Guys,
       I am thinking I would like to sell beef jerky at my local farmers markets for abit extra cash.
I am trying to cut the costs down - first I will have to find some cheap beef for this purpose any ideas on type of cut appreciated.

Next I need get the drying costs down - I have an exacilur dehydrator & wonder a few solar panels , deep cycle battery could make cheaper.
I read of other outside dehydrater that use no power but I wonder how effective for beef jerky ?

Any advice I would be appreciated.
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I just built a solar dehydrator using a sliding glass door panel. It is still early, but looks like it will reach the temps needed for jerky. I'm getting 200 degrees f from the panel. I just installed a thermometer in the drying box but it has been cloudy since doing so. Today the panel was about 160 and the box was 125.

By recommended temp, i am referring to the settings on my electric dehydrator. Meat settings are higher than fruit. I have no idea why.

I also dehydrate seawater into salt to use in the jerky.

https://permies.com/t/136478/solar-dehydrator-build
 
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Thanks Wayne I heard good results on these type dehydrators going well with drying fruit however not heard much about jerky ?
Let me know how it goes ?
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I'll update as we get to sunnier days. The 200 degrees came on a full sun 70 degree day which is why i have confidence.

The dehydrator at wheaton labs is a beast. I would almost call it a commercial unit the way it is designed. I haven't researched it closely but it might have 10x (or more) capacity over store bought electric units. Once built and the energy source is free, the saleable options start increasing. Sun dried tomatos canned in olive oil comes to mind.
 
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