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 Post subject: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:29 pm • # 1 
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Well, it's probably safe to say that most of us use waders and / or wading boots. I don't want to spend the money for boot dryers, nor do I want to give up the space. What I DO have is a basement, and in that basement is a dehumidifier.

I've found that I can either lay my boots on top of, or hang directly above, the air output of the dehumidifier. This air is warm, and VERY dry. My wading boots dry out in less than 6 hours and I don't need a boot dryer.

Waders can be hung right above it as well, toe-up, to get the same effect.


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:57 pm • # 2 
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Ha! Great idea (If I had a dehumidifier). What I usually do is put a space heater or small cage fan under my waders/boots in my basement.


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:04 am • # 3 
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Drying boots? Sacrilege! They go on better wet.
Mine are wet from April to Nov. and dry out over the winter.

"Happiness is wet wading boots"


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:38 pm • # 4 
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I use mine in winter. I've had trouble with laces freezing on second day of fishing. Dry & heat will definately help me out.


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:08 pm • # 5 
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I'm going to have to try this over the summer when the wood burning stove isn't going to get much use.
Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:12 am • # 6 
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Id stuff loose lengths of newsprint in them. Or stand them upside down on the large tubes taken from inside carpet rolls.
Put them on or near a warming air vent and there you go.

...since I dont have a de-humdifier, that is. If I had one, I like that idea.


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:25 am • # 7 
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hair dryer on cold setting


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:08 pm • # 8 
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been doing using the dehumidifier for awhile.


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 Post subject: Re: Boot Dryers
PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:21 pm • # 9 
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This is an old thread but I saw a boot dryer at friend's house last week and was thinking it would be nice to have one. The powered models cost from $40 up so I thought I'd throw something together.

I wish I could post pics but hope the description makes sense.
I bought a 2-speed hair dryer with low-med-high temp settings for $6 at a thrift store.
I made a U-shaped manifold extending out 12" on each side (including the elbows) of 2" ABS with a T in the center.
I made boot pedestals to rise up about 12".
I cut one end of each boot pedestal at a 45° angle.
I put a PVC Flexible Rubber Coupling with Stainless Steel Clamps on the center leg of the T and clamped the hair dryer into it.
I glued everything except the T connections at the center of the manifold, so it can be broken down for storage or transport.
The 12"x12" manifold is large but with size 12 wading boots on the pedestals counterbalanced by the hair dryer is very stable.
I blocked the temp switch on the hair dryer so it will only go to the low temp air contact.
It works great. Drying time for wet wading boots is about 1 hour.

Here is the parts list:
4 2 in. ABS 90 Degree Hub
1 2 in. ABS Hub Cleanout Test Tee
1 2 in. PVC Flexible Coupling with Stainless Steel Clamps
2 2 in. x 24 in. Plastic ABS Pipe
1 4 oz ABS Cement
1 Hair Dryer

Total cost if you don't have any of this stuff lying around is about $40 at the hardware store.
You could probably go with thinner pipe for a little less money but 2" fit this particular hair dryer perfectly.


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