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Old 09-04-13, 12:26 PM   #9
bennelson
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I took that dehydrator apart. I only used it for one season. It was really a creative recycling project.

The walls of the box were foam-core, which really isn't an outdoor-rated material.

I guess that if I were to do it again, I'd build from scratch using some materials that would let me store the dryer outdoors year-round. Sheet aluminum would be good. Otherwise, the type of sheet-metal used in HVAC might work well. Something like cedar might be good too.

Direct solar heat drying is great, but doesn't work at night or cloudy days. I liked the combination of direct solar and moving air from solar-powered fans.
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