Mike Haasl wrote:I figure an update is in order. We've basically planted it in one spot all summer (no rotating). The wheels are handy to get it into the shed for the winter though. It dries everything we've thrown at it. Mushrooms, herbs and apples are the biggies.
It's more work, but you could consider running the shrooms through the solar dehydrator during the day, then transferring them to the electric one for overnight to finish them.
Id love a solar dehydrator, but its so wet and relatively cool here September and October I’m not sure how well it would work.
Matt Todd wrote:I've been looking for a way to cook/dehydrate chicken manure because that's easier for me than composting it. I think this might just do the trick!
I believe I can skip the black panel under the glazing since I don't need the UV protection and the manure should be dark enough to absorb sunlight effectively.
Michael Helmersson wrote: Am I wrong to think that this would be a way to fast-track the utilization of chicken poop?
Mike Haasl wrote:Hey Brody, if the sun is out, yes it dries them down well. I think you do want mushrooms to dry in the sun to pick up vitamin D also, I'm not sure if that can be done after they're dry or if it needs to happen before. So I would time my harvest a bit around the forecast. Later in the fall, I think being able to rotate and incline it does help.
Mike Haasl wrote:...... A 5 gallon bucket of apples, once chopped up, will fit on the four trays and they dry in a day and a half. We can dry herbs in a half a day.....
Mike Haasl wrote:Hey, I do have pictures. Here's 12 lbs of apples before, during and after!
M James wrote:Do you know where I can get step by step instructions with pictures for this? I asked questions about that before I bought the book "feeding ourselves" which is why I believed it would have all that. It doesn't. It has a materials list and one very dark photo of the completed dehydrator. I'm not a happy camper.
I have my heart set on building and using the dehydrator this summer, so if anybody could point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it. It looks awesome.