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Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator?
    #27293915 - 05/04/21 02:13 PM (4 days, 19 hours ago)

I believe it's made of fiberglass with an epoxy resin? Just wanted to know if it's safe to use this stuff for dehydrating shrooms. Food safety and all that!

https://www.homedepot.com/p/W-B-Marvin-21-37-in-W-x-18-in-H-Clear-Wood-Frame-Adjustable-Window-Screen-AWS1837/202088352


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: AK1000]
    #27293921 - 05/04/21 02:21 PM (4 days, 19 hours ago)

this would work better

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Presto-Dehydro-TM-Electric-Food-Dehydrator-06300/737766483

but that screen will do I suppose


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Killer_Fungus]
    #27293936 - 05/04/21 02:38 PM (4 days, 19 hours ago)

FWIW I already have a 10-tray dehydrator. But I'm doing a big operation now and gearing up to dry 5-10lbs at a time, so a small 10-tray dehydrator won't do. SO I'm building an epic custom dehydrator with a space heater and figuring out the screens for it now. I'm just not sure if dehydrating them on those window screens are safe since people are going to be eating that stuff.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: AK1000]
    #27293986 - 05/04/21 03:14 PM (4 days, 18 hours ago)

From what I've found it seems that fiberglass and aluminum and galvanized steel are not good options. The best option seems to be stainless steel. Unfortunately it seems hardware cloth only comes in galvanized steel. This is proving harder than I thought to find the ideal product/roll to make mesh screens out of stainless steel.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: AK1000]
    #27293989 - 05/04/21 03:17 PM (4 days, 18 hours ago)

Yes, fiberglass is fine.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Josex]
    #27293999 - 05/04/21 03:22 PM (4 days, 18 hours ago)

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Yes, fiberglass is fine.




Could I ask you why you think it's fine? I'm sure nobody would know they're eating toxic chemicals with their shrooms, but I'm trying to do the right thing and have it be as toxic free as possible.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Josex]
    #27294005 - 05/04/21 03:24 PM (4 days, 18 hours ago)

What I meant was that I used to use trays with a fiberglass mesh for my custom dehydrator, they work fine if you build them a wood frame.

I don't know why you think it will leak chemicals to the shrooms. It's not like you're gonna put the fiberglass and the shrooms in a pot and boil them together.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Josex]
    #27294009 - 05/04/21 03:27 PM (4 days, 18 hours ago)

Well, it's not in a pot of boiling water... but be sitting on them in a 120-150F environment for 12 hours+. If there was no heat involved I wouldn't care, but it's the heat and duration that makes me concerned.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: AK1000]
    #27294014 - 05/04/21 03:28 PM (4 days, 18 hours ago)

I wouldn't worry but you don't want to fuck with your peace of mind, it's not good for your mental health. Def don't use fiberglass.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Josex]
    #27294037 - 05/04/21 03:50 PM (4 days, 17 hours ago)

I couldn't click the link in the OP. What I used to use is something like this.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Josex]
    #27294046 - 05/04/21 03:56 PM (4 days, 17 hours ago)

If you’re worried about fiberglass they have stainless steel mesh options. https://www.amazon.com/Mesh-Wire-Cloth-Stainless-Steel/s?keywords=Mesh+%26+Wire+Cloth&rh=n%3A6469724011%2Cp_n_feature_seven_browse-bin%3A5485702011&c=ts&ts_id=6469724011 Just use one of them. Not that bad of a price especially if your drying that much if you know what I mean.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: Fungi Rogers]
    #27294118 - 05/04/21 04:33 PM (4 days, 17 hours ago)

I use fiberglass windowscreen to line my dehydrator trays so the small pieces don't fall through - they work great and don't contaminate anything. 
If you have odd shaped dehydrator trays I would encourage the use of a cardboard or thin plastic jig and use it to mark/cut the screens from.


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Re: Is it safe to use this window screen for a custom dehydrator? [Re: AK1000] * 1
    #27294152 - 05/04/21 04:53 PM (4 days, 16 hours ago)

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Yes, fiberglass is fine.




Could I ask you why you think it's fine?



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