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#1 Guest_Water_*

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 07:54 PM

Parts used:

1. five gallon bucket
2. three foot section of wire mesh
3. two thin metal rods
4. small circular fan

Build time: two hours

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I first cut out the bottom of the five gallon bucket. I then cut out half circles around the base to make four feet:

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I then cut the wire mesh twelve inches larger than the top of the bucket:

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I cut the wire mesh to have four individual three by two inch flaps on each side to be used as footing, with the center being circular, one half inch smaller then the top of the bucket:

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I cut the two metal rods to be two inches longer than the areas right above the bucket feet, to be used to support the fan:

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I set the fan in the bucket facing up:

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I forced the wire mesh down into the bucket evenly until it secured the fan in place by gripping the sides with the feet:

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Now I just drop shrooms in, leave them for a couple of days, and they come out cracker dry.

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#2 fahtster

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:16 PM

nice.. very simple.. i like it. :)

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:25 PM

and a very nice write-up here!
thanks for taking the time :bow:

one could incorporate desicant into the chamber, as well (to speed drying).
then store with desicant [packets] in air-tight containers for the long-haul
but im sure everyone knew that already :rasta:

its certainly not my goal to lecture anyone or sound redundant,
but these are important things that go hand in hand with the drying process
and are often looked over, so figured id drop my 2 pennies :)
thanks for listening :bow:


one last quick note, if i may :teeth:
a sheet of cardboard with a fan blowing on them works fine also. if overhead cost is an issue


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Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:56 PM

I got this idea from someone elses design. They didn't have a fan installed, only some desicant at the bottom of a bucket with a wire grid above that.

Hopefully people will be inspired to make a even better mushshroom dryer ;)

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 09:28 PM

Super drier there Water, i bet it makes for quick work on em ol'e boomers..
good pix too..

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 09:43 PM

I like it, but damn

Build time: two hours

You work slower than me bro, and I don't move that fast.

You get a thumb up for design, but there is room for improvement on the labour end.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:07 PM

Water,

I love the bucket; it's a great idea. But how did you cut it? That's pretty thick plastic, isn't it?

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:09 PM

I like it, but damn
You work slower than me bro, and I don't move that fast.

You get a thumb up for design, but there is room for improvement on the labour end.


It took two hours because I spent one hour clipping the wire mesh with basic wire cutters. That was the slowest part of the project.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:15 PM

I was just messing with ya, I know what it's like cutting and bending that stuff up.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:22 PM

Water,

I love the bucket; it's a great idea. But how did you cut it? That's pretty thick plastic, isn't it?


I first drilled a small hole where I wanted to start my cut, then I used a jigsaw to cut out whatever I wanted:

http://mycotopia.net...=1&d=1166240082

...it was like a hot knife through butter, took seconds.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 08:57 AM

My FOAF planted the seeds of thought in his sisters mind that for x-mas this year he would like make beef jerky and needs a food dehydrator for x-mas. I think she took the bait cause she has been seen looking for one. My FOAF has been using a fan on high blowing into a perforated plastic bowl. Works pretty well actually.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 11:51 AM

My FOAF planted the seeds of thought in his sisters mind that for x-mas this year he would like make beef jerky and needs a food dehydrator for x-mas. I think she took the bait cause she has been seen looking for one. My FOAF has been using a fan on high blowing into a perforated plastic bowl. Works pretty well actually.


You realize if she gets you one for christmas, you WILL have to make beef jerky, right? Lol, good excuse!

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 03:54 PM

He likes beef jerky. :amazed: Hmmm... seasoned with mushroom powder. Probably cause the jerky to not taste too well.

But to keep it fairly sterile he'll probably just go buy a big bag and say he made it so he don't have to scrub the trays.

#14 Guest_Water_*

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 04:08 PM

I do believe most food dehydrators use heat.

Heat destroys psilocin.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 04:10 PM

Apparently there are food dehydrators with a low or no-heat setting. I believe there are also instructions somewhere around here on how to disable a dehydrator's heating apparatus.

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 11:34 PM

i would ditch the fan and put a bowl of damp-rid in the bottom instead.Dessecant dryers work so much faster and the little ones come out looking so much better.no mold or mildew and done in 1-3 days

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 09:09 AM

Dessication really only works after the shrooms have been dried thoroughly with air. If you try to dry fresh shrooms with dessicant you will either have really soggy shrooms or you will go through a bunch of dessicant. Air dry them as much as possible then use the dessicant to remove the last tid-bit of water.

BTW, I only fan dry and I have never had any mold on my shrooms.

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 10:44 AM

how many days til mold begins to show if not dried fast enough?

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 11:13 AM

i would ditch the fan and put a bowl of damp-rid in the bottom instead.Dessecant dryers work so much faster and the little ones come out looking so much better.no mold or mildew and done in 1-3 days


Why spend the extra money on damp-rid when I can dry in less than two days for free?

I really don't care what my dry shrooms look like as long as they are dry enough to grind for tea. I'm not selling them, they are for personal use only.

No mold or mildew here either, don't know what you're talking about.

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:00 PM

It takes a few days. Longer than the time it takes to fan dry.

how many days til mold begins to show if not dried fast enough?






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