Large Holding Cabinet - Converting into Dehydrator / covection oven (help?)

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by smokin - k, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Hello fellow smoke heads!

    So I found one of these warming / holding cabinets on CL ($130) and want to convert it into a large dehydrator. It has an electric element in the bottom of the cabinet and will get up to 200*F.. I don't plan on going over 160*F. As the unit I bought is similar to the middle picture with the thermostat and heat controls on the top. I'm wondering how I should vent the moisture and warm air as well as some idea's on fan locations.. I believe this unit will hold around 7 to 10 commercial size perforated bun pans. Which I currently already have in use in my smoker... I'm making Chipotle peppers and am upping my capacity a little... I appreciate any input you can give! Thanks and Happy Smoking, Smokin - K


    This is the one I have.... ------> [​IMG]

  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey K!

    I have a smaller version I been playing with

    You need some sort of intake and exhaust, to get rid of the humidity

  3. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Thanks Todd! I'm going to see if one of the local Restaurant supply places has a comercial dehydrator in stock so I can see what they do for venting and fans. I'll let you know if I come up with anything worth shouting about. Hope all is well! Thanks, Kean

    P.S. What did you think about my chipotle powder?
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is a great find...JJ
  5. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    I just received my rheostat, transformer and my fan in the mail.... I'll start hacking and slashing this unit this weekend. Keep you posted on my progress... Happy Smoking, Smokin - K

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