Trays and how many can I have....

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by urbanprep718, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. urbanprep718

    urbanprep718 Newbie

    I currently own a Nesco FD-61. If possible I would like to increase the amount of what im dehydrating. With this being said I was wondering if theres a set amount of trays that I can add ? How would it effect the drying time, and when dehydrating other items like Jerky would that effect the drying in any sort of sense ?
  2. Hello.  I an NOT your dehydrator guy!  AND I have never seen you unit; BUT!  The manufacturer has spaced the shelves to give you the maximum "ultimate" performance from the unit.  I would bet you can increase the number of shelves so long as you leave 2"-3" clearance all the way around each shelf.  Will that affect drying time?  YES!  How much???  I am sure your instructions say "x" amount of hours for "x" amount of whatever.  I think this is a try it and learn thing.  Experience is the teacher.  It is like overloading a smoker.  Smoking 1 turkey takes "x" hours.  Smoking 3 turkeys in that same smoker takes [​IMG]..  Good luck.  Post pictures.  Keep Smokin!

  3. urbanprep718

    urbanprep718 Newbie

    Thanx for the response, but i think u might of misunderstood my ques and the type of device im using. Im not smoking no meats. Im using a dehyfrator. My model came with 4 or 5 trays. I bought 2 more trays but wanted to know IF ANYONE knows if theres a set limit of trays and how would it effect my dehydrating times if more trats were added
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Based on below, you can have up to 12 trays without compromising the function. Increasing the meat will add some to the drying time, no idea how much, because you have more moisture to move out of the unit...JJ

    Model FD-61 
    The Adjustable Thermostat allows you to dry different foods at proper temperatures (95-160º F), providing the flexibility to produce the best drying results. 
    Powerful Top Mounted Fan and 500 watts of drying power generate maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and  jerky. Helps dry food in hours, not days like other food dehydrators. 

    The FD-61 comes with 4 trays, but is expandable to 12 trays if you purchase Add-A-Trays® (LT-2GP). Trays are 13 1/2" in diameter. This unit also includes one fruit roll sheet (LSS-2). 
    Vita-Save® Exterior. Opaque Vita-Save® exterior helps block harmful light which destroys nutritional content of food being dehydrated. 
    Patented Converga-Flow® drying system forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber (not through the trays). The hot air is forced horizontally across each individual tray, converging on the core for fast, even and nutritious drying. No flavor mixing and no need to rotate trays. 
    Great for dehydrating fruit rollups, banana chips, beef jerky, venison jerky, and other healthy snacks. 120 Volt

    • Additional Accessories Available for Model FD-61 
    LT-2GP Add-A-Trays (set of 2) Link on Right 
    LSS-2 Fruit Roll Sheet (set of 2) Link on Right 
    LM-2 Clean-A-Screen (set of 2)
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016
  5. urbanprep718

    urbanprep718 Newbie

    Wow, thsts great. I searched and searched but jever found anything. Thank you !
    Now if there was easier wat to clean or make jerky without the mess on the trays..... Haha, thanx again !
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    PAM will give easier cleanup but still needs a bit of elbow grease...JJ

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