I’m new to the world of Excalibur Dehydrators, but not the the world of dehydrating. See, for the last few years I’ve been finding creative ways to avoid dropping a huge chunk of change on a real dehydrator. I’ve borrowed my neighbor’s stacking no-name brand. I used the dashboard and/or the back of my SUV. I have even used the oven with the door open and a box fan. I’ve dried food using the power of the sun (aka: putting it on window screens on the porch). The point is, I’ve found workarounds, but none have been without flaws.