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Old 08-18-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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So this is my attempt at a hops dryer. I took an old locker, a 1500w space heater, some old lumber and screen, and an inline duct fan, and threw it together. I snagged some hops off the vine a little early, and am giving it a test run.

I have a hamburger thermometer stabbed through the locker, and it reads 108 to 116 all the time. I also have the heater set on low.

I tired it without the exaust fan and the temps got up to 129 in just 10 min.

Any advice would be great. I'll take any and all ideas I can get to improve on this.

 
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:49 AM   #2
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Can't remember how to post pics. Standby for further.

 
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:57 AM   #3
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:19 AM   #5
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cool idea! I can't offer any advice but I am impressed with the build!
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:21 AM   #6
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very nice - i was going to make something to dry mine before harvest this year - but harvest looks 2 weeks away and nothing is made yet.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:42 AM   #7
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I've got about $50 and 3 or 4 hours on this. I'll polish it up a little more, but the basic idea is gonna stay the same.

 
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:12 AM   #8
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It's a nice set up, keep in mind that the hotter you dry them the more of the good oils, etc. that you drive off. Maybe you can blow the heat in through the bottom vents from the outside so you get lower temps.

 
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:29 AM   #9
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What temps should I be shooting for? I have 50-60 plants I have to dry, so I have to balance low temps with some speed. I thought 140F was the highest you could go without loosing oils. I figured 110ish would be ideal. I'm open to suggestion though.

 
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:50 AM   #10
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Ghetto? What kind of "ghetto" are YOU living in? LOL

That looks pretty sweet and the idea of it being vertical is nice touch to reduce the footprint.

My ghetto concept was going to be the typical window screen with fan blowing on it. Even more ghetto was to just use the hops wet, freshly picked from the bine.

 
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