Introduction: Food Dehydrator
I wanted to make some Jerky. Dehydrators run about €150 up over here, and I didn't want to tie the oven up for two days, so I decide to make one.
They're pretty simple, just a box with a rack, a fan, and a heating element.
Step 1: Ingredients
Repurposed storage box
AC 220v computer fan
Light on flex
Pliers / snips
Coat Hangers to make rack
Glue, not pictured
Step 2: Wiring
Cut light flex, strip and expose wires.
The fan is a 220v AC fan, so can be wired straight to the plug.
I removed the bulldog clip at this stage.
Step 3: Wire It All Up
I attached fan+, socket+, and plug+ together, then covered the join in insulating tape. Then did the same with the other side.
Step 4: Test
Plug it in.
IT'S ALIVE !
Step 5: Making Some Holes
Marked two holes, one for the fan, one for the light, at the bottom end of the box.
Carved it out with a craft blade and a knife. The knife was more effective.
Step 6: Some Cracking
Got a little over eager, and pushed too hard, which led to some cracking and chipping.
The dog in the last picture was super critical.
Step 7: Mount Light and Fan
Light fixture screws apart, so pushed the bottom through and screwed the top back on to hold it in place.
Fan was mounted with glue. Tried superglue first, but it cracked off, so ended up using Tec 7.
Step 8: Take It for a Test Drive
Meat in, turn it on. I'm using a Peri Peri, balsamic vinegar, and himalayan pink salt rub.
Lid is left slightly ajar at the opposite end from the fan. I may make a vent if this doesn't work properly.
Made a rack from the coat hangers in the first picture.
Lined the bottom with tin foil to catch any drips.