[Market-farming] Heat Mat

Robert Schuler sunnfarm at verizon.net
Wed Dec 12 10:37:38 EST 2007

From: Bill Shoemaker <wshoemak at inil.com>
Date: 2007/12/12 Wed AM 07:27:50 CST
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Heat Mat

Be careful about the amount of heat you generate in your system. Back in the early 70's I used a design published in Organic Gardening for device to make home-made fruit leather that was similar. I found a box about 10" deep with an opening in the top the same size as a cookie sheet. I lined it with aluminum foil, set a trouble light in the center, ran the cord out the side and plugged it in. I set the cookie sheet in the top, filled it to 1/2" deep with a peach slurry. In about 48 hours I had a beautiful peach leather. The point is that incandescent bulbs can generate a lot of heat so make sure it's not too much. Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
That is the principal behind the Crock Pot. Cooked beef stew or cooked pepper seeds I have done both... Bob.

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