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welshboy
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« on: July 30, 2008, 01:18:04 PM »

Reading about solar food dryers gave me an idea about banishing the tumble dryer !
 the principle of a sloar food dryer can be found at http://www.i4at.org/surv/soldehyd.htm

Taking this a step further  and installing a navitron    http://www.navitron.org.uk/page.php?56
air heater as the heat source with a clothes cabinet above to dry the clothes in should work ok ?

Any views ?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 01:34:55 PM »

we've got the low-tech version - a clothes line! Grin
There is an even "greener" version that does away with clothes pegs - use  bit of coarsely- stranded rope, grasp it in two places and twist - shove  corner of the wet clothing into the gap between the strands, and release - a surprisingly secure way of doing it - the more the wind blows, the tighter it holds! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008, 01:35:22 PM »

or a bit of string?  stir

food needs to be dried quickly, or it goes off. My stinky pants are already off, and slow drying them or quick drying makes no difference. Air flow is the key.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008, 01:38:37 PM »

You can also save on washing line by simple tying each bit of washing together then string out.

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008, 01:47:24 PM »

The idea is to have something other than a tumble dryer (leccy) or clothes line- risk of showers ,gales when away from the house. Already have a clothes line but you need to watch it like a baby.
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008, 02:42:10 PM »

Clothes airer in lean-to gets pressed into service when it's raining here.

Towel radiators too when there's a pressing need to dry things.

The laundry lady has an obsession with saving energy and considers tumble driers devil spawn.

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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2008, 07:31:22 PM »

I have to fight the tumble drier. Personally I prefer line-dried clothes, which can be folded up straight from line without creases (ie no ironing). Apparently the tumble drier gets things nice and soft (according to my wife). I have argued that this is only due to movement of the fibres, and nothing to do with drying, and probably just as achieveable by hanging on the line, drying and then chuck your clothes in the tumbler for 10minutes without any heat. I'm not allowed to try it though.

One tumble drier session consumes around 1.5kWh - that's a lot of energy that could easily be replaced with some solar heat.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2008, 01:14:32 PM »

For inside drying I use a dehumidifier - ok it uses energy but then it produces loads of deionised water that I then use in the iron, car washer bottles, window cleaning garden
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2008, 10:03:39 PM »

we've got the low-tech version - a clothes line! Grin
There is an even "greener" version that does away with clothes pegs - use  bit of coarsely- stranded rope, grasp it in two places and twist - shove  corner of the wet clothing into the gap between the strands, and release - a surprisingly secure way of doing it - the more the wind blows, the tighter it holds! Grin

That reminded me of scam some time back...

http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=16947
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