Sustainable Living | 2 October 2017DIY Solar Drying Rack Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Whether you live in a sunny, hot climate, or a slightly cooler area, you can dry your own fruits and vegetables without expensive, complicated appliances. Building a drying rack is easier than you may think. Below are all the tools, materials, and steps you need to build your own solar drying rack. Feel free to change the dimensions based on the window you have available to you. After building, remember to add a thermometer and keep a close eye on the temperature. Make sure your drying rack stays between 95 and 145 degrees. Leaving this ideal temp zone will lead to spreading bacteria on your produce. There’s no limit to what you can dry! Some of our favorites have been apples, bananas, tomatoes, and peppers. Get more self-sufficiency projects in Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency. Tools & Materials 1″ spade bit (2) 1 × 4″ × 8′ (1) 1 × 8″ × 8′ (1) 1 × 6″ × 8′ Eye protection Circular Saw Stapler 1¼” deck screws Building a Solar Dryer Drill Staples Insect Mesh—fiberglass 287?8 × 34¾” Window sash 1½” galv. finish nails Brad nails Eye and ear protection Work gloves Key Part No. Dimension Material A Front/back 2 3?4 × 71?2 × 343?4″ Cedar B Side 2 3?4 × 51?2 × 271?8″ Cedar C Leg (tall) 2 3?4 × 31?2 × 30″ Cedar D Leg (short) 2 3?4 × 31?2 × 22″ Cedar E Brace 2 3?4 × 31?2 × 24″ Cedar Steps for drying rack Assemble the box. Attach the wider boards for the frame by driving screws through the faces of the 1 × 8″ boards into the ends of the 1 × 6″ boards. There will be a difference in height between these pairs of boards so that the window sash can sit flush in the recess created. Install the mesh. Staple the screen to the frame. Then tack the retainer strips over the screen to the frame with 3-4 brad nails per side. Trim off the excess mesh. Build the stand. Attach each 24″ board to a 30″ board (in the back) and a 22″ board (in the front) with 11?4″ deck screws. Then attach the finished posts to the frame with three 11?4″ deck screws in each post. Drill three 1″ holes for ventilation in each 1 × 6″ board equally spaced along the length of the board, leaving 5″ of room on each end for the posts. Staple leftover insect mesh behind the ventilation holes on the inside of the frame. Finish the project by sliding the window sash into place. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: AU: Get ready to be self-sufficient. Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point.Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself. Projects in this new volume include: -A portable chicken ark -Two types of beehives -Solar cookers -Firewood storage -A potato growing box -Hoophouses and greenhouses -Raised planting beds -Rain barrels -A cider press -Compost Bins -Drying racks Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.