Hey Jim, I use a Ronco It IS pretty fragrant, and I rotate the trays about every 10-12 hours. The Roncos are inexpensive( got mine for free from a co-worker of my wife),and I've been happy with the results. I can dry around 1 1/2 - 2 lbs halved and seeded habs. I don't know how well it would work for other chiles, but I intend to find out real soon! Jim Campbell wrote: > > A MUCH cheaper solution (and one I was forced into after an accidental batch > of HOT Christmas cookies) is to simply buy your own set of dedicated cookie > sheets. You might also try using foil. As far as the dehyrators go, I am sold > on my Excalibur. It was a bit pricey ($200) but has thermostat, timer, huge > amount of shelf space, and a heating element mounted vertically. I had a > Ronco type but the juices all dripped down onto the heating element. Since > there was no fan to circulate air either, they took forever to dry and needed > the shelves rotated every few hours for even drying- ugh! Your oven is still > your best and cheapest bet. > > Hope this helps! > > -Jim Campbell > Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co > > In the midst of drawing up plans for a WALK-IN dehydrator. Tim Taylor > would be proud! Home built & cheap too.