Step 6: Front Supports

Now cut two more boards that are 22" long and screw them to the front. You will need to screw them from the side.
<p>I would not use &quot;Great Stuff&quot; to do the sealing. I would use the strips that are made for sealing and supporting the material on roofing. On the front, put the lower part under the top part. That way any rain stays on the outside.</p>
What do you use for drying racks? Any suggestions for how to make them with food friendly material? Thanks
<p>Use cheesecloth to cover the drying frames. It is used in cheese making.</p>
We used black plastic mesh which isnt the best, but was easy to get. As far as something safer I cant really think of anything sorry :(
Can you dry anything else than just apples in it? I am looking for a dryer that would dry apples, few other fruits, and herbs.
Ya you can dry anything with this thing, but I wouldnt try drying meat in it unless its a really hot day or the meat might spoil before it drys, but I dont think that will happen, but better to play it safe.
haha I am a huge fan of jerkys, but I would not try to dry meat. =D Thanks for replying and posting the instruction! <br/>
Sure thing glad someone can learn from it.
Dear Mindstormmaster1 I would like to know What kind of temps that it reached and held. It is a great design, I would love to try to build one. I was wondering if the material you used to cover the top and side. Does it give of any fumes that you know of when heated?
I believe it reached in the low 90s mid 80s and stayed there most of the day. The "top and side" material was designed to roof houses so I would think that it wouldnt give off any fumes. Everything we dried didnt taste plasticy or anything so ya I think its safe. If you do build one please let me know and send me pictures. Also if you need help with anything let me know I would be more then glad to help in any way I can.
This is a really nice instructable, you clearly put a lot of thought into the design. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. I'm thinking of building this but I am also going to send it on to some friends and family who do a lot of drying too.
If you make one please send me pictures. Thanks, Ethan
An i Rack? O.o (well it is Apple)
Nice instructable. I was thinking of building something on these lines (but much smaller). I was not planning for a solar collector/heater of this kind but was thinking of using metal for the lower 1 foot of the tower walls to act as heater/collector. I was going to add a solar powered fan to force the circulation. That may help with a smaller tower as there is less of a chimney effect. My browser shows some odd characters in the Bill of materials. You may want to take a look at the formatting of that. What are you using for the trays - the mesh bottom part? Do you think some kind of down facing strip near the top vent will help prevent water from getting in in case it rains? Have you tried a dryer working on convection alone (without a transparent roof/front)?
This is a nice set up, but in a pinch, you can also set up your drying racks in an old car in the sun with a couple windows cracked.
You could, but I don't have an old car laying around. Ethan

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