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Strange Idea: Would you join a Freeze Dryer sharing group?


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    Phong D
    BPL Member

    @poledancer

    There are some foods that are better made with a Freeze Dryer than a dehydrator (also vice versa I think).  But while dehydrators are cheap, Freeze Dryers are beyond what most people would reasonably justify.  BUT, what if people in a similar area could join and share a freeze dryer?  I assume this would work best if one member of this group could host it in a public place:  Like a BoyScout location, a Restuarant, a Health Food store, an Outfitter etc.

    Would you join such a group, and how would you organize it to work?

    Here are some of my ideas to start:

    1. 10 of us in a similar location find one of us with a public space mentioned above, and we work out planned days where we can use the device.  The HOST has special benifits which can be worked out.
    2. Being an app developer, I can develop an App that would make scheduling and messaging easy.
    3. Perhaps BackpackingLight would add this scheduling feature to their website?  Thats a long shot!
    4. Perhaps each use requires a small fee to go towards the maintenance of the machine.  The app might be useful in this regard.

    Anyway, is this just a terrible idea?  Would you join one, and if so how would you organize it?

     

    #3786500
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    Myself? No. I own my freeze-dryer out right. However, I do have homesteading friends who did a shared buy in. They run a schedule amongst themselves. One of them has it in their shop. But you HAVE to know what they are drying though. An explosion of grease or candy inside would leave an awful mess.

    The other issue is most of the models require dedicated 20 amp outlet. This means you gotta install it as well. And the bigger models are better for groups.

    So basically…you really need to trust those you are doing a co-op with. One stupidity and it’s out of commission.

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