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The Solar Food Dryer : How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator - Eben V. Fodor

The Solar Food Dryer

How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9780865715448
Number Of Pages: 144

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"The Solar Food Dryer" describes how to use solar energy to dry your food instead of costly electricity. With your own solar-powered food dryer, you can quickly and efficiently dry all your extra garden veggies, fruits, and herbs to preserve their goodness all year long--with free sunshine Applicable to a wide geography--wherever gardens grow--this well-illustrated book includes:

- Complete step-by-step plans for building a high-performance, low-cost solar food dryer from readily available materials
- Solar energy design concepts
- Food drying tips and recipes
- Resources, references, solar charts, and more

Eben Fodor is an organic gardener with a background in solar energy and engineering. He works as a community planning consultant in Eugene, Oregon.

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Food Drying Is More Fun in the Sun!p. 3
Why Dry?p. 3
Going Solarp. 4
Is Solar Food Drying Right for Me?p. 6
Why Haven't I Heard More about Solar Food Dryers?p. 6
The Bigger Picturep. 7
Harvesting Solar Energyp. 9
The Power of the Sun: Capturing Solar Energy to Dry Foodp. 9
Solar Basicsp. 10
Geography and Seasonsp. 11
Climate and Weather Issuesp. 17
Atmospheric Clearnessp. 17
More Solar Factsp. 18
Design Considerations for Solar Dryersp. 21
Making Food Dry: Heat and Air Flowp. 21
Direct Heating by the Sunp. 22
The Basic Solar Collectorp. 24
The "Solar Fan"p. 26
Temperatures and Ventingp. 26
Collector Anglep. 26
Insulation and Double Glazingp. 29
Reflectorsp. 29
Weatherizingp. 29
Preventing Outdoor Pestsp. 29
Backup Electric Heatingp. 30
Maintenance and Cleaningp. 30
How Big a Dryer Do I Need? Size, Capacity and Portabilityp. 31
Materialsp. 31
Using Recycled Materialsp. 34
Types of Solar Dryersp. 34
Complete Instructions for Making Your Own Solar Dryerp. 47
Sun Works Solar Dryer Featuresp. 47
Assembly Instructionsp. 50
Parts List for SunWorks Solar Food Dryerp. 51
Enhancementsp. 74
Putting Your Solar Dryer to Workp. 77
What to Dryp. 77
Food Preparation for Dryingp. 77
When to Dryp. 79
Backup Heating During Poor Weatherp. 80
Operating Tipsp. 80
How Drying Preserves Foodp. 81
Drying Times and Temperaturesp. 82
How Dry is Dry Enough?p. 82
Storing Dried Foodsp. 83
Nutrition and Food Qualityp. 84
Pre-treating Foods to Prevent Darkeningp. 86
Favorite Dried Food Recipesp. 89
Sun Path Chartsp. 97
Useful Solar Datap. 103
Handy Conversion Factors for Solar Energyp. 107
Glossary of Terms for Solar Energyp. 109
Resources for Solar Food Dryingp. 113
Indexp. 117
About the Authorp. 121
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ISBN: 9780865715448
ISBN-10: 0865715440
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 19.1  x 0.94
Weight (kg): 0.3