** Update 2 Aug 13
Did get to experiment with some blueberries, strawberries, banana's. The dryer reached a temperature of 160 degrees. The strawberries dried the best and tasted very good. The banana's looked like they were drying well, but were not quite ready after ten hours. They would have needed another four to five hours maybe? Blueberries never got close. I lanced them, poked them with a fork. They will take a couple of days.
Overall a pretty cool project.
Was looking for an alternative to a food dryer that you buy at the big box stores. Off to the internet I went searching and reading about solar food dryers. Why even try to do something like this? Why not? Seems like a good project to learn about.
Below are three links to videos on my progress.
Solar Food Dryer Part 1
Solar Food Dryer Part 2
Solar Food Dryer Part 3
This project is based on the book Solar Food Dryer by Eben Fodor.
Stay tuned as I will post more on the progress and use. It will be interesting to see how this works and how well I master the drying times.