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Old 05-04-2009, 02:37 AM
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What methods do you guys use to dry coco fiber other than just waiting for it to dry out? I would really like to get started on my 18 cube background tomorrow during my day off!
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An oven set at 200 degrees and a cookie sheet.. Works like a charm
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Yeah just don't light it on fire....

I usually let mine sit outside if its warm enough, and just turn the dirt every few hours.
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I'll second the oven. Keep it at 200F and stay nearby . . . it's definitely the fastest way I've found.
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The oven works great. I don't think you're at any risk of fire at ~200 degrees, but I'm not an expert. One tip: Wedge the oven door slightly ajar to let humid air out and dry it faster. I use a tablespoon myself.
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The oven works great. I don't think you're at any risk of fire at ~200 degrees, but I'm not an expert. One tip: Wedge the oven door slightly ajar to let humid air out and dry it faster. I use a tablespoon myself.
I had it on a higher setting....
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i set mine to 350 lay a thick layer on a cookie sheet and just mix da dirt up every few mins till it looks sandy. then i dump it into a box and it cools while i do the next batch and it works for me. 350 for 15 to 20 mins depending how thick you lay the fiber in there.
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I tend to get impatient and just buy a bag of the already expanded dry coco fiber at a local pet store. It's a bit more expensive but the extra $12 is worth me not having to sit in front of the oven for two hours or so.
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Peat moss works great and don't evan have to wait for it to dry. I like it better beause it has little twigs and leaf particals in it. Looks really cool.
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Don't put it in the oven and forget about it.... not that I did that

It doesnt necessarily catch on fire so much as it starts smoldering and turning into charcoal... again, not I did that. haha
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I used a thin layer of it on a baking sheet then had the oven on high broil just gotta keep it moving or else it will blacken pretty quick. Drys out a full cookie sheet in under 5 mins.
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yes. when taking it out of oven beware it is hot....

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i set mine to 350 lay a thick layer on a cookie sheet and just mix da dirt up every few mins till it looks sandy. then i dump it into a box and it cools while i do the next batch and it works for me. 350 for 15 to 20 mins depending how thick you lay the fiber in there.
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