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Old Nov 28th 2011, 04:34 AM   #1
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
Been meaning to post this for two years...finally got a picture of it in action. This is my homemade dehydrator. It holds approximately 30 square feet of meet, and was built for a little over $50. The racks were bought on Ebay from a bakery in Wisconsin (I think). I have run three or four deer through it, and it works pretty good! I used to have one of those little round dehydrators...took waaaay too long!
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 05:07 AM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Burlington, West Virginia

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Great !! How do you heat it, and how do you circulate the heat? Love that jerky.
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 06:08 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I put a ceramic cone-shaped heating element in a light socket in the bottom, pointing upward. The heat is a little uneven-I think an oven element would work better, maybe even a stovetop element. I drilled a 2" hole in the top and a half a dozen or so 3/8" holes around the bottom, and as the air is heated by the element, it naturally rises out the hole in top, and draws in new air from the bottom. I had a blower fan in it but had it in the wrong place. I took it off and it actually dried meat better without it. I have to move the trays around and turn them (front to back) to get it to dry evenly. It will dehydrate about 1/3 of a deer per day...
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 09:27 AM   #4
 
  Nov 2010
  Bemidji MN
Phillip

You are making me think if I pull the racks out of my 20,000 egg incubator I could convert it.
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 05:19 PM   #5
 
  Feb 2011
  Cameron, TX
20,000 egg incubator. wow, thats huge
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 06:26 PM   #6
 
  Nov 2010
  Bemidji MN
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20,000 egg incubator. wow, thats huge


That is my smallest one I have two others 3 x that size I had a hatchery before our great President decided he wanted to put more corn into that worthless green fuel. That and our electric went so high I had to close my hatchery ( I do have my freezer full of pheasants, Quail, and Partridge.)
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Old Nov 28th 2011, 08:18 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I don't know why it wouldn't work-I've never tried jerky with chick down, though!
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Old Nov 29th 2011, 06:21 PM   #8
 
  Jun 2009
  Perryville, Mo. USA
What type of lumber did you use Phillip?
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Old Nov 30th 2011, 05:57 AM   #9
 
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
I just used treated plywood, maybe 7/16", was all I had, then the shelf holds are 2x2's.
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Old Dec 9th 2011, 08:35 PM   #10
 
  Jan 2010
Phillip, How about drilling 3 or 4 3/4" holes spread around the top

instead of 1 2" hole. Do you think it would dry more evenly?



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