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gdizzle

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dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« on: October 18, 2008, 05:10:38 PM »

i recently bought a food dehydrator with 5 trays but it doesn't have an adjustable heat knob so im curious to know if its still ok to use ?
it does have vents on both the top and the bottom of the unit though but other than that it just plugs in and heats up, no fan inside of anything very basic
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2008, 05:46:26 PM »

I would return it for a dehydrator where u can adjust the specific temperature, its gonna cost more than the regular type but its well worth it. remember adding too much heat will make the shroom lose its potency.
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 08:17:02 AM »

I worry about any heat at all, as I worry about the heat speeding the oxidization process and reducing potency. If your climate is really dry, a loose stack or pile of shrooms with a big fan on it works provided that you remember to rotate and fluff the shrooms. Thats only if your really dry mind you. My climate is usually about 70%rh to 80%rh so this method is out for me but it has worked for me when I have lived in other regions.

I prefer desiccant in a container with a fan in it. Cheap, easy and ultra effective. Another side bennifit to this is that while you are purchasing desiccant you can also purchase O2 absorbing packets and use the two together to preserve the fungus and its miraculous chemistry. Desiccant can be easily found on the web in bulk (loose beads in cans or big jars and not in the little white packets), for cheap (with shipping you can probably get it for about $35).  I would order some desiccant today, return your dehydrator tomorrow, keep a fan on em in the meantime.

Silica gel and some other varieties can also be renewed to their full potential by cooking it in the oven, but check the manufacture's specs and instructions before doing so. Indicator desiccant is SWEET!
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 09:12:23 AM »

I use a non adjustable heat dehydrator as well.  I keep the shrooms on the to tray and the vents all the way open.  I haven't noticed any reduction in potency. 
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gdizzle

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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008, 11:08:02 AM »

i had bought it second hand for 10$ so theres no returning it.. i have read numerous places that it loses potency and then that it doesn't

my climate is very humid so a fan isn't very affective for me neither, wizdumb i will try leaving the vents open but can't put them on the top tray i have alot to dry as my first tub did rather well, maybe i'll be able to find another one with an adjustment and salvage the trays as they alone would cost the same or a little more than what i paid for the whole thing... anyways thanks :)
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008, 12:02:01 PM »

stick a thermometer on the lowest rack. see what it reads. I would GUESS that anything at or under 120 deg. is OK.  Mine doesn't get that hot.  Just hot enough to make the air dry.  The shrooms still take 8-10 hrs to dry.  So your dehydrator may be different than mine.
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gdizzle

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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2008, 02:33:52 PM »

wish i had a thermometer to find out the temp. i was told up to 160 F is even fine but i got all 5 racks drying out my first flush right now both vents are open so i guess i'll just have to see what happens :)
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Baphom3t

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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2008, 04:41:41 PM »

You want the lowest temp setting you can get.
I have known people to remove the heating element from dehydraters.
You should try and get a thermometer to at least get a idea of what your temps are in it.

Baph
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inneralchemy

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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009, 06:45:40 AM »


I prefer desiccant in a container with a fan in it. Cheap, easy and ultra effective. Another side bennifit to this is that while you are purchasing desiccant you can also purchase O2 absorbing packets and use the two together to preserve the fungus and its miraculous chemistry.

Can you elaborate on this a little bit? You put desiccant in a container with a fan? What kind of container, where do the mushies go? Can you draw a mental picture? Thanks!!
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fattrout

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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009, 01:30:57 PM »

i bought an adjustable one at bed,bath & beyond and it works great. i put it on the lowest temp. it was $45 on sale... I love it, i can pull a flush and in 12 to 24 hr. im eatting. lol -_-
« Last Edit: February 20, 2009, 08:31:57 PM by fattrout »
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2009, 04:02:27 PM »

I have a non adjustable dehydrator too. I don't plug it in. I just put the shrooms in and set it on top of a turbo fan. I let it run for a couple days 'till the little ones are nice and dry.
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2009, 08:51:07 PM »

i bought an adjustable one at bed,bath & beyond and it works great. i put it on the lowest temp. it was $45 on sale... I love it, i can pull a flush and in 12 to 24 hr. im eatting. lol -_-
Hell yeah! i bought the same be4 christmas time, its great i luv it!
BTW, am i gowing crazy or did u say Best Buy first?? im confused haha
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2009, 09:01:04 PM »

no your not crazy, my bad i must have be fuck up that nite. i just noticed my mistake and changed it....lol
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2009, 03:58:13 AM »

i c... trust me, i know how that goes (being fucked up) hence the time 5 am.  well c hwo much i menber of this post  :ph34r: the afro seemned cool
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Baphom3t

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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2009, 10:21:33 PM »

This was gdizzles thread and he hadn't responded since 10-19-08,so that means this is a hi-jacked thread.
I will not say anything else in this thread .

Baph

p.s,
learn how to make new threads people  :rolleyes:
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2009, 01:06:13 AM »

hhahhaha, see what happens when u leave!
i dunnotnt know im drunk  :ph34r:
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2009, 08:29:19 PM »

Baph we love you man but no one has been on our ass lately!!!!!

Welcome back brother!!!
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Re: dehydrator doesn't have adjustable heat knob
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2009, 08:21:01 PM »

im with gfung all the way. potency is your friend, and your friends friend, and his friends friend, u c where im going with this
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