Well this project came into life not because I planned it, but because of circumstances. Our neighbours, two doors from us, placed a fridge/freezer combination on the curb for rubbish collection a few months ago, and yes, the stingy bastard I am, thought I could fix this and resell it or use it myself. I had a fifty fifty chance of fixing the fridge, either the thermostat was busted (easy and cheap to fix), or the compressor was busted (too expensive to fix). Well as it turned out, it was the compressor.
So now I was stuck with a piece of rubbish a few weeks before we move. My wife was fuming because we had no means of disposing of it and I was too proud to put it back on the curb for rubbish collection. (I wanted my neighbours to think I fixed it! LOL) After a few days of deeeeeep thought, I came up with the idea of a food dehydrator. Yes, I saw a few of these conversions on the internet before and thought, well, I do have a food dehydrator, but it was small, now I have the chance of building a nice big one with loads of space for a lot of food to process!!!
Now, as a South African, we love Biltong (almost like Jerky but differently prepared) and Droëwors (dried sausage). This dehydrator is perfect for me to make my own Biltong and Droëwors on a bit of a larger scale. Also, living in Australia, it is difficult to get hold of Biltong and Droëwors and, IT IS BLOODY EXPENSIVE going at $60 a kilo!!!! So naturally, remember what I said about being a stingy bastard, I am making my own at a fraction of the cost.
This conversion is pretty straight forward and I cannot give you exactly a list of materials to be used. To be fair, I will give a list but it may vary depending on the type of container you are modifying.
The tools you will need is your basic workshop tools
Please note that both these lists might not be entirely complete and you might need some other tools and materials but I know that is not a problem because we are all makers after all!!