DIY Sun Drying Box!

diagram 1


A while back we hosted a demo of a DIY  sun drying box at the Kohala Intergenerational Center. Here, in order to help you maximize the long summer sunlit days, we present to you step-by-step instructions! Be sure to keep reading after the build for  some ono meat and veggie recipes you can make with your new favorite solar appliance. . .


  • 1 qty 1-inch x 8-inch x 6-feet (1″x8″x6′) redwood fencing
  • 2qty 2″ butt hinges
  • 2qty hook eyes
  • window screening
  • 1/2″ x 1/2″ hardware cloth
  • screws


  1. Rip lumber to size
  2. Cut to dimensioned size. For box in diagram 1 (above): sides – 48″, ends 22-1/2″
  3. Screw sides to ends to complete box.
  4. “Tack” two halves together. Check for squareness.
  5. Apply window screen to two sides. Apply battens.
  6. Separate the halves. Apply the hardware cloth.
  7. Install the hinges and hooks on opposite sides of the box.
  8. Pau

Now what to do with it? Experiment! But to get you inspired, here are a few mouth watering ideas.


  1. Clean and cut to size.
  2. Salt overnight.
  3. Taste a small piece. If meat or fish, cook when appropriate. If it tastes how you like, place it in the drying box in direct sun to dehydrate.


  1. Combine sugar, shoyu, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds to taste.
  2. Marinade overnight and place it in the drying box in direct sun to dehydrate.


  1. Version 1: Combine salt, pepper, shoyu to taste – place it in the drying box in direct sun to dehydrate.
  2. Version 2: Combine Tender Quick, pepper, garlic powder and your favorite spices and place it in the drying box in direct sun to dehydrate.

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