A belated addition to this thread - We bought a Harvest Maid dehydrator a while back (1978). It is still chugging along. A thermostat shorted about 8 years ago and warped a couple of trays, other than that, it has done fine. Harvest Maid is a round unit made up of a base, however many trays you need to use, and a top. It has a heating unit, fan and thermostat in the base. It came with 4 trays. We have added 8 more trays. We also have fine screens and juice inserts for the trays. It's nice just using the trays you need, and not having to move or rotate trays - the hot air comes up the center and then out the edges of each tray. We have found these units and accesories at K-Mart, Walmart and True Value, and mail order. The stores are usually a lot cheaper. Disclaimer: I own Harvest Maid. I also own K-Mart, Walmart and True Value. I will get to keep all the money if you buy one of these things. I just live like I do to fool the neighbors and keep relatives from hitting me up for loans. Hobby Farmer Ron M wrote: > > 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. <<snip>> > > 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.