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dehydrators- energy consumption
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: November 14, 2007 08:21AM

hi

i am wondering about the energy consumption of dehydrators. i have read several recipies which require several hours in a dehydrator and i am wondering about how ecological that would be. does any one know how cooker /dehydrators compare in terms of the energy they use?
i hope that they arent too energy hungry because i sure would like to try some of those recipies but only if i could do that with a clear ecological conscience.

there is no point eating green if we are not being kind to mother nature at the same time!

hilary

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Re: dehydrators- energy consumption
Posted by: arugula ()
Date: November 18, 2007 03:33PM

They are energy hogs because you have to keep them on for a long time.

typical food dehydrator is 875 watts.
if you use it for 6 hours, that's 5.3 kwH

typical oven burner, large, is 2400 watts
if you use it for 1 hour, that.s 2.4 kwH

typical range is 2660 watts
if you use it for 1 hour, that's 2.7 kwH

ref
[www.clallampud.net]

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Re: dehydrators- energy consumption
Posted by: frances ()
Date: November 19, 2007 10:02AM

I recently got a power meter and used it to see how much energy my dehydrator was pulling. It started out pulling close to 900 watts, but after an initial warming period dropped to about 23 watts. I didn't watch it but I suspect it periodically went back up to 900 watts in order to reheat. After nine hours of operation I found that it had been pulling an average of 170 watts - that's 1 kwH every 6 hours. Much better than I'd hoped!

My dehydrator is the five tray model from SausageMaker. I've been using it on the lowest temperature setting and have no plans to test power usage at higher temperatures.

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Re: dehydrators- energy consumption
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: November 20, 2007 06:55AM

thanks a lot for taking the time to share your info,

something for me to consider. i think it would be a real plus for a raw diet but maybe i'll try other things first to vary the menu

blessings
hilary

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Re: dehydrators- energy consumption
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: March 10, 2011 08:22AM

I invented an dehydrator that recycle the air into the box so that the heatin is less. INTERESTED?

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Re: dehydrators- energy consumption
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: March 10, 2011 12:28PM

How much does this all translate into DOLLARS AND CENTS? LOL

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