Originally Posted by CGirvan
Does anybody use a solar dehydrator on board? We are not planning on being in marinas
often enough for a 120v unit to be worthwhile and I can't see propane
or 12v being economical but we will be in the tropics. A foldable dehydrator that uses the power of the sun would be perfect, is there such a thing?
A quick google
search showed plans for solar dehdrators but they all seemed to be large, heavy units for land based use, anybody make a marine
We have been using a solar dryer for decades while cruising. It folds up fairly flat, completely screened so no flies touch the food
and covered for rain with vents. Temps can be regulated.
We used the drawing from "Sailing the Farm" which I think is now out of print. But I found a link and posted below. I have been meaning to take some pics of it and put it on our web site in "Other Good Stuff".
We have dried fish
, bananas, papayas, etc with excellent results. The usual drying time is normally 2 days in the tropics if there is decent sun.
We did not make it as big due to storage
considerations. Only use 4 shelves
IT WORKS and easy to build