The Vortex Dryer
The Vortex forage dryer uses a hair dryer to dry forage samples quickly and accurately. The tester is made using a standard home hair dryer with the blower end of the dryer entering a CPVC pipe attached to a funnel- or vortex-shaped container made from two round duct reducers. A 200 gram hay or silage sample is put into the dryer. A cover made from wood and window screen is secured on top. It takes 20–60 minutes to dry a sample.
While the sample is blown about within the dryer, you can finish some chores and not worry about burned samples. With the vortex, you don’t have to stand there and watch it like you would a microwave. The dryer also provides very uniform drying because the sample has air moving through and around it unlike in a microwave.
- See the write-up on the vortex dryer in Hay & Forage Grower
Order your Vortex Dryer today!
To order send an email to Randall Bock and request the current price and availability.
All Vortex orders are made by students and are typically not made over the summer months. If you are ordering between the months of May-August, please check availability before ordering.
Three student organizations within the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering build and distribute the Vortex Dryers as a fundraiser. Contact the treasurers if you have any questions about the Vortex Dryers.