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Thread: Drying .45 cases

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    Drying .45 cases

    Yesterday was rainy so I ran a few pounds of .45 acp brass through my sonic cleaner. I don't use the kitchen oven to dry it. I place it on a towel by the heater and it takes a few hours to dry. While I was in the garage digging out Christmas goodies I saw an old food dehydrator my wife bought years ago.
    Grabbing it up I took it to my shop and loaded it with my wet brass. In an hour all was good. Warm and very dry brass. Worth a go if you have a dehydrator.

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    Sounds like your repurposing that dehydrator for drying brass, no more jerky with that one.

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    You can find old food dehydrator at thrift stores all the time for a few bucks.

    Cheap and effective

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    I've been using a 7 tray food dehydrator to dry my wet brass ever since I bought my ss pin tumbler. Works great ...
    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

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    lyman even makes a dryer that looks much like a dehydrator.

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    But please remember that a lot of the home appliances that get found at good will very often are dropped off at good will because of odd issues. In other words, once you have to jiggle the on/off switch 3 times each direction to turn it on, off to good will it goes.

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    I have a dedicated baking sheet that I use. In the Summer I lay it on the tool box on my trailer and let the sun work. In the winter they go into the oven for 45 minutes at 200. I used an old food dehydrator some but it took longer if I counted the time loading the trays.

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    I also use a food dehydrator. Didn't work well on food but great for drying brass.

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    Great re-use of an appliance! Sadly, I believe the dehydrator we had was donated to a Salvation Army store. I had no need until three or four years ago when -- thanks to this site -- I both learned about, bought the hi-speed Thumler's Tumbler, and got hooked on SSW wet tumbling. Initially, I placed my brass on window screens in the sun -- but -- with so few sunny days -- and, my not really wanting to leave them out, open, unattended -- I saw a Franfort appliance specifically made for drying brass. While it has a thermostat to control the heat fans blow, I wanted, too, just air sans heat. Hence, I did a wee bit of surgery on the unit, inserting a toggle switch in series with the thermostat, so I may just use ambient air. On a countdown timer, I love being able to set it for (my usual) 4 hours, and "forget it" -- say, the next day have all my brass dry, and ready for the loading room.
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    Great use for an unused appliance. Around here I cannot find anything in the thrift stores, usefull to me, anyway.

    I'm using the same different method for drying cases, I've used for years. Ever since I started using the Birchwood Casey concentrate. I have a 1"x 6" x 36" board covered with a grid pattern of 3" finishing nails.
    I size/decap the brass first. Then wash it.
    Just blow out the empty primer pockets of the cases as I drop them over each nail.
    With so much Sunshine here, they're dry in an hour or two. Drying Rack takes 208 cases.
    I have a Sonic Cleaner now, but still dry the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walks View Post
    Great use for an unused appliance. Around here I cannot find anything in the thrift stores, usefull to me, anyway.

    I'm using the same different method for drying cases, I've used for years. Ever since I started using the Birchwood Casey concentrate. I have a 1"x 6" x 36" board covered with a grid pattern of 3" finishing nails.
    I size/decap the brass first. Then wash it.
    Just blow out the empty primer pockets of the cases as I drop them over each nail.
    With so much Sunshine here, they're dry in an hour or two. Drying Rack takes 208 cases.
    I have a Sonic Cleaner now, but still dry the same way.
    Sounds very similar to how I dried brass at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ - just put it on the back porch for a while in the sun.
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