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How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrater From… Beer Cans!

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This video by rickvanman is a must see for everyone who grows their own food! If you produce your own vegetable crops, you’ll know that many of them ripen within a very short period of time, leaving you with way more than you can eat fresh – so it’s necessary to find ways to store your surplus produce for the remainder of the year.



If you live in a sunny climate, a solar dehydrator can save on both the purchase (easily $500) and the running costs of an electric dehydrator (or a freezer) and also reduce the space needed for home freezing or canning/bottling.

Drying food is a tried and tested way to preserve it – generally speaking home-dried vegetables will last for anything up to a year, although under ideal conditions it can be many years more! They’re also great if you’re out back-packing and need to carry lightweight supplies.



The technology used here is really simple and the materials are easy to come by. Rick gives us good instructions and a clear view of all the steps of the creation process so it’s possible for anyone who has basic DIY skills to have a go.

As the video was posted very soon after Rick made the dryer there are a couple of slight modifications needed – one is simply a 3-inch hole on the back (near the top) of the box to allow warm air to vent out. The other would be to add some fly-screen to the air intake and top vent to keep any bugs out. I would rate this as very important! Also it might help to bring the dehydrator indoors at night to avoid damp getting in.

Another tip to make the most of this device would be of course to buy larger quantities of fruit of vegetables when at a reduced price and dry them at home.



To use spray paint, like this inventor does, it’s crucial to use the right kind of face mask for the solvent vapor or use paint with a brush to stay safe. There could also be concerns about toxic chemicals in treated timber (I would definitely use untreated timber (and perhaps paint the outside surface to preserve it) and food-safe silicone would do instead of glue.

This kind of dryer would also be ideal for quick drying of onions or garlic after lifting before they are stored for the winter.

How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrater From... Beer Cans!

Here’s some further related info: If you’re thinking of storing food, these links will give you some more useful information about keeping it in the best condition for as long as possible: https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/information_center/storage_life_of_foods.htm & http://www.pickyourown.org/dryingfoods.htm


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5 Comments

  • By Jim Cowan, November 15, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    Good looking and nice job. Thanks for sharing this project. I built a 4X8 foot solar hot air collector in 1983 that worked great. It increased the temperature by over 100 degrees F, and busted the thermometer before I could get it down… not even 30 seconds for that to occur. It was 17 degrees F outside and the thermometer went to 120 degrees… like I said, it was broke before I could get it down from the wall I had it leaning against.

  • By Off Grid, November 15, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    Hi Jim, great job on what you made and good story! Just goes to show the amazing amount of power waiting to be harnessed.

  • By Richard Newville, November 21, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    I made this Except I modified I had to add Fly screen to the bottom of the solar collator because bug could get in throw the tubes .I tried a a second panel so that I could put the box facing south. then the collector got sun all day . as the sun ark across the horizon . I live in Michigan so each can has a 10 Cent deposit if it beer or soda . but, fruit and tea can have no deposit . one my friends is trying to make one with old vegetable cans

  • By Pam T-Mack, November 23, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    I like this and would like to make one. Do you have any trouble with ants getting inside? Would I need to make a metal frame and stand it in water to keep ants out? Where I live we have lot’s of ants.

  • By john, January 9, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    how do you clean the racks ?

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