Don’t turn your oven on. Turn it into a dehydrator.
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I lined the bottom of my oven with tinfoil, and put a 60 watt bulb on it. I can only use the first rack above the bulb. The second rack doesn’t get warm enough. I use long, flat, rectangular, casserole dishes for all my dehydrating. It’s not a lot of space, but enough for one batch of crackers, bread, cookies, lasagne, etc.

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Don’t turn your oven on. Turn it into a dehydrator.

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Hi map, the longest I've left the light on is three days, because I was dehydrating one thing after another. I definitely keep the door closed. The longer it stays closed the warmer it gets. I haven't experienced any fire danger. And I haven't tried a second bulb. I did try a 75watt and thought it got too warm, so I use a 60watt. Hope this helps.

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what is the longest you left thelight on? do you shut the oven door? is there any fire danger? can you put a second bulb on the bottom rack and more food on the top rack?

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Hi Chris, thanks for the recommendation. I hadn't thought of that. I used to dehydrate my foods in the sun. I imagine because food grows in the sun that dehydrating in the sun or with a light would be okay. Yet, what you are saying makes sense. I know that the longer food sits around, or the more we do to it--refrigerate, freeze, grind, dehydrate, etc. the more nutrients we lose. Do you know which ones are light sensitive?

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Might I recommend a warming bulb like they use in reptile cages, since some nutrients and vitamins are light sensitive.

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this is a great idea. i'm going to have my husband rig up my oven like this too!

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Hi Rawsiki, thanks for asking. I lay the light-bulb right on the tinfoil on the oven floor--not in the broiler or anything. My food sits on the rack right above the light-bulb all lit up. Oh, and of course, the light-bulb must be screwed into a separate socket with a cord--such as the kind you would hang from your ceiling with a lamp shade--or the kind you would clip onto your desk. As long as it isn't in a housing that covers the bulb part with plastic or paper.

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That's very creative, but where do you put the light bulb?? Sorry if it's a stupid question....

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Awesome idea, can't wait to try that!

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