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Excalibur 3900B 9-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator (Black) $130 + Free S&H w/ Amazon Prime $129.99

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Home.Woot [woot.com] has Excalibur 3900B 9-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator (Black) for $129.99. Shipping is free w/ Amazon Prime, otherwise shipping is $6 flat rate.

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  • 15 sq. ft. of Drying Space
  • Adjustable Thermostat 105-165F
  • 600 Watts
  • Dimensions: 12.5" H x 17" W x 19" D
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I was just about to post this. I got this exact model and love it. It's a work horse.
I lent it out to tons of friends and there is no telling how much deer jerky this thing has made!
This model doesn't have the timer but you can always use an external timer. In reality you don't need a timer in most cases. The time changes depending on ambient temp and humidity as well as the make up of what's being dried.
Some batches take longer than others so it's best to watch it near the end.
Anyway- if you are like me and new to dehydrators this is a great unit. Buy a good one the first time and you won't need to buy another
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Was reading posts from the last time it was on SD: https://slickdeals.net/f/13061401-excalibur-3900b-9-tray-electric-food-dehydrator-129-99-shipped-free-with-prime-woot-fulfilled-by-amazon?src=SiteSearch
I'm concerned with the quality and longevity of the unit.
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It does have a 5 year warrenty, I thought it used to be 10, but 5 is still pretty good, right?
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i thought it said $12.99 Frown
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It does have a 5 year warrenty, I thought it used to be 10, but 5 is still pretty good, right?
Looks like it still has the 10 year if you read the fine print.

"FACTORY DIRECT DEHYDRATOR 10 Year Extended Warranty- models 3500, 3900, 3526T & 3926T-110 volt US/CANADA models"
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Here's what I said about this unit in the last thread.

Made some fruit leather this weekend. It's an upgrade over my last dehydrator...took about 12 hours to do 9 racks at ~130F, vs. 24-36 hours to do 8 racks in the rectangular top-fan mounted Nesco I had (https://www.amazon.com/Nesco-FD-8...B0090WOCM6). Hopefully can get it down to 8 hours with thinner fruit puree application or higher temperature.

For $130, I'm still disappointed with the build quality. Seems very amateur, can see exposed wires just by looking back into the unit from the front. The $60 Nesco unit has better build quality.
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I was just about to post this. I got this exact model and love it. It's a work horse.
I lent it out to tons of friends and there is no telling how much deer jerky this thing has made!
This model doesn't have the timer but you can always use an external timer. In reality you don't need a timer in most cases. The time changes depending on ambient temp and humidity as well as the make up of what's being dried.
Some batches take longer than others so it's best to watch it near the end.
Anyway- if you are like me and new to dehydrators this is a great unit. Buy a good one the first time and you won't need to buy another
100% with you. I have the unit with the timer, but I just leave it on "on" instead of the timer. I accidentally used the timer the first time I used it, and thankfully noticed it wasn't on within ~10 mins of it shutting off. Like you said, every batch/piece is different. I had some thicker pieces that took 1-2 hours longer than the rest.
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Did a bunch of research and it seems this is the one you want if you want good results dehydrating. Cooks Illustrated recommended it as well as pretty much every chef on Reddit. Apparently the fact that the fan is on the back makes a difference in the dehydrating process, and it's more "set it and forget it" than other models, where you have to stir stuff as you dehydrate it.

It's ugly as hell, so I'm not looking forward to the aesthetics of the thing on my counter, but I don't mind much as long as it works well. Function over form, and all that.

Question - does anyone who knows the intricacies of dehydration know if it's food-safe to dry 3d printer filament in one of these things, then later process food in it? I mean, I doubt at that temperature any noxious fumes are released, but I figured I might as well ask.
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Will this work better than dangling your meat from a tree for several days?
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Will this work better than dangling your meat from a tree for several days?
Nothing is better than the taste of naturals heat from the sun lol
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Does this seal enough to prevent ants from getting inside? During the summer my house gets bombarded with ants if there's anything sweet around. I imagine that to dry out fruit you have to leave it unattended for long periods of time.
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