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Old 03-24-2019, 05:09 PM   #1
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Dehydrator advice, opinons and input sought.

We've been using a Nesco, 4-tray model for a few years now and would like to increase our capacity. So far, all of our research points us towards the Excalibur 3926. This model has 9 trays and 15 sq. feet of surface. It's very expensive compared to our Nesco. I noticed the heater is 600W whereas the Nesco is 750. Perhaps the difference in capacity is in the fan and airflow design.

Anyway, any dehydrator experience you'd like to share would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:32 PM   #2
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I've been using the Nesco 1000 watt model for around 20 years. Originally I dehydrated food for a BSA guide trek leader training program, 4 days worth for up to 30 students and staff sent out in separate groups on Lows Lake. I did that for several years, but do not provide that level of service so much any more. We decided it was too easy and unrealistic to provide home dehydrated food for them. My first nesco failed after about 5 years so I bought another, even though my research, like yours, showed the much more expensive Excalibur was the better way to go. But after having invested in extra trays and plastic liners, it was more reasonable and cost effective to continue with the Nesco format. I have 12 trays, but don't like to stack more than 8, which still works well for reasonable drying times.

More recently, I dehydrated food for two meals a day for the 1000 mile Yukon River races. The first year of the race the organizers required 20kg of food per person, not to include weight of water to make dehydrated food edible. They figured 2 weeks for many paddlers plus a week of backup food. With 7 paddlers in my voyageur canoe, that adds up to a lot of dehydrating. In the end we usually finish our race in just 6 days, only consuming a quarter of the 20x7 kg of food on board. Since then that requirement was dropped, but we settled on 10 days of food, including emergency rations in case we had a problem.

I would like to have an Escalibur, but my Nesco is still going strong.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:54 PM   #3
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I would like to have an Escalibur, but my Nesco is still going strong.
Why would you like to have an Excalibur (as opposed to a Nesco?).
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Why would you like to have an Excalibur (as opposed to a Nesco?).
Why would I rather have a Land Rover than a Saburu Forester? Because of the research and reviews I have read. However, the Nesco seems to fit my needs and still does the job quite adequately, as does my Subaru.
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:42 PM   #5
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I added 4 trays to my NESCO - a cheap way to increase volume.
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:07 PM   #6
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"I added 4 trays to my NESCO - a cheap way to increase volume."
Seems practical as well.
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