I live in france in a rural region where people still hunt boars and bucks, so wild meat is easy to get and dried boar ham is one of my favourite meat.......excuse my english, I'm sure I can explain...
most of the dehydrators on the market were a little too expensive (I wasn't sure I was going to use it intensively....)
so I searched the internet for home-made stuff and this is what I got:
this is a very common type of dehydrator made by people looking for a cheap efficient way to dry food at home.
other types were made of cardboard boxes or wood, but plastic had the advantage of durability and was easier to clean.....
so this is what you need:
Step 1: Stuff Needed: Around 30 Euros...
-one storage box (this one is 30x30x25cm), mine was clear because soooooo cheap, I used duct tape to help light reflect instead of going out the box and lighting the whole room.
some people used aluminium foil...but you'd better choose a black box...
-one computer fan (this one is 9x9cm and 12w) and a converter.
-plastic rods (metal or wood would work too)
-aluminium screen (lighter than steel, plastic would have been better, but I couldn't get any...)
-screens for the exit of hot air (those ones come from an old computer, they have a type of plastic wool to protect from dust or insects)
-a 100w bulb is good, mine is 60w.
-bulb stand, electric wire, plug and a connection thing.
-glue, duct tape, saw, dremel, good music and a cold beer.
I don't have a dremel, but I strongly recommend it as those strorage box are a bit fragile and mine broke on several spots while drilling.....that's why I had to wrap it with duct tape.
Step 2: Let's Go!
as you can see, my drilling was goofy....this kind of plastic breaks easily.....I fixed it with a duct tape wraping.....
Step 3: Cut and Glue the Rods ....and Make the Box Darker
I used standard glue, but I put a little "pattex no more nails" under each rod to make it more solid....
the duct tape make the stuff a little "quick and dirty, but I had to make it more solid because of the cracks I made while drilling.
black paint does the same if you didn't choose a dark box.....(why are dark boxes more expensive than clear ones?)
Step 4: Cut the Openings for the Fan, the Bulb and the Air Screens.
be precise, it will be easier to fasten the stuff later.
Step 5: Insert the Fan, Bulb and Air Screens.
then make it airtight by surrounding them with duct tape...
Step 6: Plug It All
I let a female plug hanging next to the bulb stand in order to plug the 12v converter for the fan (connections are hidden by duct tape)
Step 7: The Screens....
the last picture shows em in position.
I bend them a little to make it easier to put in and out.
Step 8: Thoughts for a Better Jerky/biltong Box.............
fan drives the air through the food and exit at the other side, BUT, I am seriously thinking about cutting another air screen on the lid.
search the internet and get LOTS of recipes for jerky, biltong, dried vegetables and fruits....(dried tomatoes flavoured with garlic and herbs.......mmhhhhhh)
hope this instructable was interesting.........
greetings from france!!!!!!!!!!!!!!