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Posted 11/25/2021 22:09 (#9341996 - in reply to #9339375)
Subject: RE: Dryer site from scratch

Northern Ohio
Some ideas I’ve been told.
Dumping hot out of the dryer is a great way to increase capacity of an existing dryer but it requires a cooling bin with level grain, larger fans, and roof vents. It may be cheaper to start with a dryer that can also cool.
In bin drying puts equipment in a bin where it is more difficult to get to and work on and often limits the height of the bin. Taller bins tend to be more economical, less dollars per bushel.
Continuous flow drying usually requires two grain moving systems. One wet, one dry. Batch drying can be done with one handling system, and some automation can be a big help here.
Grain pits allow you to dump fast even with a smaller capacity grain handling system, but they can be a real mess if you don’t have excellent drainage. Evan a leg in a 3’ deep pit to allow a U trough to feed right into the leg can be a big mess in the wrong location.
Surge hoppers can be used to dump really fast with lower capacity grain handling systems. Some automation is nearly a must.
Multiple bins are more expensive per bushel, but limit your risk when storing grain, and they allow for multiple crops and identity preserved crops.
Air systems are great for existing bins and bins that are not placed well for other systems like a leg, but they require MUCH more power per bushel moved. Augers are the least expensive to purchase, legs are the cheapest to operate. Legs and air systems allow for taller bins
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