Raisins, apricots, prunes, dates, sometimes strawberries or raspberries in cereal, they're all dried fruits. Many of these are imported and dried with some environmental cost. However, you can grow many of these fruits without chemicals and dry them without electricity. Here's one step of that process. This solar dehydrator is simple, inexpensive, and effective. Soon you can enjoy home dried fruits yourself!
Make sure to read all instructions before building. There are quite a few steps, but they're all pretty easy.
Step 1: Materials
Cutter Pliers (not in the picture)
3 x boxes (one long and wide but not very deep, another just as wide but deeper and shorter, and the third a fairly small box)
several sheets of paper
1cm square grid chicken wire (see picture)
black paint (not in the picture)
An extra person is always helpful!
Step 2: Heat collector
Step 3: Heat Collector Paper
Step 4: Heat Collector Paper 2
Step 5: Finishing The Heat Collector
Step 6: Deydrator Unit
Step 7: Side Vents
Step 8: Tape Latches
Step 9: Attaching the Heat Collector
Step 11: Insulation
Step 12: Racks
Step 13: Support
Step 14: You're DONE!!!
Enjoy your dried fruit!