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8 DIY Or Homemade Solar Food Dehydrator You Can Build Easily

The importance of quality food in daily life cannot be ignored. If all you seek is taste, freshness and nutrition, then only a local farmer or your own garden can facilitate your need. Not every fruit or vegetable that you like would be available around the year. So, how to plan a healthy lifestyle while making sure you get what you want throughout? There are different methods of preserving food, but what way seems more legit to you? Have you heard about diy solar dehydrator – they are absolutely worth it.

You do not have to spend much money in acquiring them from the market as homemade food dehydrator can do the job for you. You might be thinking how on earth is it possible to craft a solar food dryer at your home? Well, here we have gathered 8 simple yet effective DIY plans which would answer your biggest question, “how to build a food dehydrator”?

1: Simplest DIY Solar Dehydrator

If you want to spend lesser time in making a diy solar dehydrator then this plan by makezine perfectly suits your need. Your ultimate goal of drying veggies and fruits would be fulfilled.

  • Craft a frame – length and width depends upon  your choice
  • Join the sides together  to make a perfect shape
  • Add a door at the front
  • Use trays for support
  • Insert heat  absorber
  • Add cover to the frame
food dehydrator
Food dehydrator, Image via: makezine

2: Passive DIY Solar Dehydrator

I would recommend this homemade dehydrated by backwoodshome to experienced DIYers. In order to make your own homemade food dehydrator, and that even a sophisticated type, here is something that you would like the most. It is made from pinewood and basic covering from aluminum. It may take up a few days to get into shape, or you can take professional help for getting the wood chopped. Project details at

Passive Solar dryer
Passive Solar dryer, Image via; backwoodshome

3: Homemade Solar Dehydrator With Chimney

By now you must be cleared enough on how to make a food dehydrator – if you want to put your hands in a project that is a little challenging, you must go for this diy solar dehydrator plan on Youtube which has chimney along. It would be fun making this type, if you know how to make the simplest ones.

The link given below would help you in giving the details about how the plans go about. The Youtube video link would help you in actually witnessing the entire process.

4: Large Solar DIY Dehydrator

This is a fantastic plan for preserving seeds long term. In order to have an efficient plan, you need the following items:

  • Sizing of the solar collectors
  • Constructing the basic frame
  • Rooftop (support) and solar mounting
  • Collector downward slope
  • Air vents
  • Cooling fans

In order to know in detail about homemade dehydrator see the details at instructables.

Large Solar DIY Dehydrator
Large Solar DIY Dehydrator, Image via: instructables

5: Basic DIY Solar Dehydrator

This dehydrater plan by instructables helps you in getting the simplest, sun energy efficient diy food dehydrator. To make this diy dehydrater you would need the following things:

  • Wood Screws (big and small)
  • Nails
  • Staples
  • Metal Screen
  • Hinges
  • Clear Plastic / Glass
  • Corrugated plastic panel
  • Wood
  • Black Paint

For making the legs you need:

  • Wooden Post
  • Corks from Bottles
  • Link Chain
  • Bolts
Basic solar dryer
Basic solar dryer, Image via: instructables

6: Thin Plywood Homemade Solar Dehydrator

This diy food dehydrater by instructables belongs to the category of the best food Dehydrators as it is highly functional, yet consumes less time in making. You will need the following materials:

  • Plywood ( for making the body)
  • Wood for braces (support)
  • Window
  • Screen (as cover for vents)
  • Stalking for drying racks
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Staples
  • Thermometer

In order to know about the process exactly, go through the complete plan at 

Thin Plywood Solar dehydrator
Thin Plywood Solar dehydrator, Image via: instructables

7: Workable Homemade Dehydrator

Make your life simple by working on the simplest type of homemade solar dehydrator idea by thesurvivalistblog – it is more like a book with a front covered with plastic sheets and base made from the wood. The basic mechanism goes the way it is for every type of Solar dryer, but the outlook is why elephants and sophisticated. In order to know about the details and exact measurements for this homemade dehydrator Get the details at:

Workable solar dryer plan
Workable solar dryer plan, Image via: thesurvivalistblog

8: Inexpensive DIY Dehydrator

The basic outlook of this kind of solar diy dehydrator by ecohearth is slanted, which looks more like a vertical garden placed. It is simply the best-looking plan that you would have come across. It has various slabs that would help you in getting multiple items dried simultaneously.

Inexpensive solar dryer
Inexpensive solar dryer, Image via: ecohearth

End note

Enjoy making your own solar dryer and make your life easier. Hope you like our article.

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  1. Thank you for including our solar dryer design. It has been very useful in preserving food here on the farm.

  2. Hope to make good use of your solar dryer systerm thank you

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