Will desiccant alone be OK?

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By Lao Tzu on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 03:56 am:

Hello, I am curious if it is OK to use desiccant alone without drying with a fan first? I have been picking my first flush since this past weekend and putting them on a screen in a tupperware container with about a cup or two of Damp Rid in the bottom. Everyday I open it up two or three times to add some new ones, and they are taking longer than I thought they would to dry.

Does anyone know if it really matters that the Damp Rid be suspended off the bottom of the container like it is in the little Damp Rid containers that they sell next to the Damp Rid refills? I would appreciate any advice anybody could give me on this as I am unable to use my fan for drying them without being caught. Thank you, Lao Tzu

By Nanook of the North (Nanook) on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 06:09 am:

You can dry with just desiccant, but it just takes a lot of desiccant and it will need to be heated in the oven frequently to regenerate.

I fan dry first, then dump desiccant right into the bottom of a tight resealable container and place something on top (napkin) to keep the shrooms off the granuals.

By whitey on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 08:50 pm:

when i put them straight in the desiccant chamber, they take forever to dry. almost a week. they even begin to rot. if i slice them up and put them in front of a fan for at least 12 hours and then in the desiccant chamber, they only take a 2-3 days to dry. use the fan when everyone's asleep

By Trollhunter (Trollhunter) on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 02:25 am:

i cut them down the middle ,then in half again,then are put on a fan for 24 hours,then to a lab grade indacating desicate for a nother 24 hours.and they come out totaly dry:-)

By Relic (Relic) on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 05:11 am:

a cup or two of desiccant is not gonna do it. you want those things cracker dry in 2 days, 3 max. you need to put an entire 1/2 gallon of damp rid in there or at least a couple inches worth across the bottom. for the best results put them on a piece of cardboard in front of a small fan for 24 hours then into the box.

By Nan (Nanook) on Saturday, October 20, 2001 - 03:51 am:

After normal use, any of the forms of DRIERITE may be regenerated for reuse. The operation is simple and involves only standard equipment. The used and exhausted desiccant should be ventilated to remove vapors, if any, and stored in a convenient container until a sufficient amount is accumulated to justify the work of regeneration. Regular and Indicating DRIERITE For the regeneration of indicating Drierite and small lots of regular Drierite, the granules may be spread in layers one granule deep and heated for 1 hour at 210° C or 425° F. The regenerated material should be placed in the the original glass or metal container and sealed while hot. The color of the Indicating DRIERITE may become less distinct on successive regenerations due to the migration of the indicator into the interior of the granule and sublimation of the indicator. Commercial Grade and Du-Cal DRIERITE Exhausted commercial Drierite or Du-Cal Drierite should be spread about 1 inch deep in shallow pans and heated in a oven at 450° F or 230° C for 2 hours to achieve complete dehydration. The regenerated material should be placed in the original container and sealed while hot. The Importance of Temperature The temperature at which DRIERITE desiccants are regenerated is crucial in restoring DRIERITE to its original condition. Absorbed moisture is water of hydration and is chemically bound to the calcium sulfate of DRIERITE. Temperatures in the range of 400° - 450° F are required to break these bonds and release absorbed moisture. Lower temperatures, regardless of heating time, will not regenerate DRIERITE unless applied under vacuum (26" Hg, 325° F or 28" Hg, 275° F). Care should be taken not to overheat DRIERITE Desiccants. High temperatures can alter the crystal structure and render the desiccants permanently inactive.
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