Gary’s Blog: 1500 lbs of steel and a chop saw

Gary and kids at dryer project

Gary and kids at dryer project

September 10, 2015

From: Gary

Morning,

Awaiting day break, and we have a social function invitation this morning, so I realized I would have time to do a blog entry.
 
Yesterday I spent the morning on the chop saw turning one inch steel pipe into 3 inch hunks with 22.5 degree angled ends… the first pieces for the heating system for the vacuum dryer project.  Victor and I did a run to David, Panama and bought 1500 pounds of steel for the project. I have to make a couple three work benches out of that
also. We are going to go 15 inch plastic city water main pipe for the chambers, with steel end caps due to plastic caps being unavailable here..
 
I am building a propane powered thermo syphon heating system in the chambers, so that we can get the product temperatures up to hopefully 130F so our 80 kPa of vacuum will actually boil the water out of the product, rather than just relying on accelerated evaporation rate.
 
So I will be on the chop saw for the forseeable future, and then on cutting torches etc. but luckily I can pay Beto to help me on the grinding, as I turn out all the pieces necessary, and then get them to Victor’s house and use his electricity to weld it all together into a device about 24 feet long and weighing several hundred pounds.
 
I will be using the heating system also as part of the base structure to support the chambers at about 45 degrees of angle so that they can be loaded easily with five gallon buckets of product stacked into them.
 
They should take at least three buckets each.
 
There will be eight chambers.
 
I think we will be able to process about a thousand pounds of tomatoes etc. at a time..
 
I did a word search this morning on Google of gravity water powered vacuum food dryer and came up with just our own blog. Basically this is a first on planet project,  which is amazing considering the simplicity of the concept…
 
After we get it operational I may add a wood fired heat source to the system.. but for now just going to do propane because it’s cheap and expedient..  And because if the project makes money, I can convert it to methane, and use plant matter, and also make organic fertilizer at the same time..
 
Basically making the project 100% alternative energy powered…
 
At this point I just want to get it operational so I can help end the cycle of poverty here in the area.  I am thinking that once proven, we can probably get crowd source funding to build duplicate projects here and elsewhere..
 
And I am also thinking to market an affordable fabricated vacuum head (Ben Linder Device) in various sizes. so others can have the tech off the shelf…
 
I have learned plenty so far on the project, and can incorporate that in improved versions…
 
Anyway, I am enjoying the work, and knowing that the locals are in a bit of shock, that I am building something so simple that will change their lives..  It’s like I tell the kids I teach english to, that I want to teach them to not endure poverty when all it takes is using your heads and working together…
 
I also enjoy knowing that it’s being talked about, and some saying it’s bullshit etc…
 
So now the gossip system knows I bought 1500 lbs of steel for something that some think is impossible…
 
I’m not stopping until I see dried tomatoes by the truck loads…
 
And I have also figured out some other simple tech solutions for major world problems. which I won’t discuss here…
 
But I will be working on them after I get this project booted.. perhaps as part of my crowd source funding attempt. I think I should be able to do OK there once the gravity water dryer is going. It will put me ahead of the pack, and if I can get the funding response, I will go on to more such things. If anyone has any advice on crowd source funding etc. feel free to contact me. Also any ideas on ways to publicize the project once completed. It needs to get into appropriate publications etc. so that it can be duplicated world wide…
 
I will need some help doing a short video for you tube, and for the crowd source funding proposal…
 
Right now, I am looking forward most to showing the kids the project when it’s operational.  I have a lot of young friends who have heard about it, and I want to show them in person. that their volunteer English teacher did something that was a first in the world, right here in their own little valley..
 
I love the kids here, good group, and this will most likely be my major contribution to a better world for them.
 
It will be an honor if I can pull this off.
 
G

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