Any chance you'd be willing to take a couple of pictures about how the pipe is attached to the dehydrator? Are they permanently attached, or can you whack the pipe into the ground and then set the dehydrator on top, which would make it easier to store in the winter or change its location if needed. Thanks.
The pipe is permanently attached to the dehydrator, but I put a sleeve of poly pipe into the ground. This allows the dehydrator to be easily turned and be removed for winter. I put a stick with a cap on it in the poly pipe to keep dirt and snow out when not in use. The poly pipe was easy to install. I first used a bar to jab the ground and get the hole as plumb as possible and opened up for the poly. Then I inserted a piece of the iron pipe with a cap on it into the poly pipe for rigidity while pounding it into the ground.
I'll endeavour to take a photo once the sun comes up.
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Ellen Morrow wrote:One newbie question though...are the trays permanent or can they be removed for filling?
I would always make the trays removable on any sort of food dryer so they can be cleaned. I have too many friends with food allergies and don't want cross-contamination.
That said, I don't necessarily wash mine every time I've used them - some foods leave more residue than others, and some foods react with more people than others - but I still want to have the option to do that easily. I've seen some pretty scuzzy trays before!
Thanks for sharing these plans! I'm very interested.
How do the mushrooms accumulate vitamin d from the sun in your solar dehydrator if they are blacked out from the sunlight? Do other foods accumulate vitamin d, or just mushrooms?
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