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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715448
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eben Fodor has a background in renewable energy, specializing in high efficiency passive solar heating systems and solar-heated saunas. His professional work is as a community planning consultant based in Eugene, Oregon

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This is a good book and has lots of information about building your own solar food dryers.
SW Benson
We used this book to build a bigger dryer that suits our needs it was what we needed to get the design and make a fully functional solar food dyer.
gfhen
The plans are pretty clear and I thought the directions were well written and easy to follow.
Ray White

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Edward Esch on July 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Fodor has written a book to be used, not simply read. The first part deals with the theory and physical facts of solar drying, while the second tells how to make a dryer. Next comes a section on preparing food to dry, followed by a brief group of recipes and, finally, some very handy appendices. Fodor writes clearly and handles details well.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A. Turpen on November 2, 2006
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If you do any kind of homemaking, preserving, growing of your own food, etc., then you absolutely need to get this book! This will give you low-cost and realistic way to preserve your food naturally and in a way that keeps it tasting great! The step-by-step instructions for building the author's food dryer are top-notch and easy to follow, even for the non-mechanically inclined.

My only wish is that the author had included plans for the other food dryers mentioned, though a quick Google will supply this, so it's not really necessary.
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This book is very informational about the food dryer design promoted in the book. I wish it had a little more information about the pros and cons of other solar dryer designs.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Lootsma on May 26, 2008
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I don't necessarily agree that the food dryer in this book is the most optimal design. Creating a hot plate, and then shading it with layers of fruit seems to be less then optimal to me. I am going to built a food dryer similar to the Mexican one described in the book. But that's of course a personal choice. The book is very very detailed in how to make the proposed fruit dryer. If you are not a handy type person, I guess you will still be able to make it. For me, personally it's far too much detail. I like to work from a picture only and make it to my liking, I don't like all the strict guidelines. However, this book is very helpful in explaining all the in's and out's of food drying. The underlying principals, the effect of different angles in regards to the rays of the sun, the effect of where you are on the world in regards to the strenght's of the sun rays, how to regulate the temperature by means of ventilation openings, etc. In this respect the book has taught me a lot more then I imagined I would, and has given me the basic knowledge to build a decent sun powered food dryer, and in that respect I regard this book as a really good buy.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Liz Deno on October 12, 2009
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I bought the book as I have had trouble getting plans to build a solar food dehydrator. When reading the book, I got very inspired to build the dryer, but I have run into problems getting drying racks. Ebon eludes to the fact that they're a problem to obtain, but I am left searching for suitable racks and can't build the dryer until they are sourced.
Apart from that, It's a nice book to read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ozarkflowerlady on July 17, 2008
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The book explains the how and why of solar drying. I had been thinking about it as I dry quite a bit of produce/herbs each summer using an electrical dryer which is costly at this time. The solar dryers shown in the book would be for someone who dries small amounts at a time, but I have the concept and can build a unit(s) which could dry the amount of produce I process each year.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 11, 2013
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The description of this book said it contained several simple designs for solar dehydrators. It contained only one complicated design which required electricity to work. Not a true solar dehydrator at all. Totally disappointing and not as advertised.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gfhen on May 26, 2012
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We used this book to build a bigger dryer that suits our needs it was what we needed to get the design and make a fully functional solar food dyer. We have 3 large screens in ours and didn't add the lights since we live in Utah and have alot of sun. I dry fruits and vegetables all summer for winter food, backpack food, preserving food...
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