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Homemade boot dryer/warmer

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
nvm this post becus i just found cabelas heated ski socks for 20$ and ski boot inserts also for 20$...
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by staffpro
the same goes for heated insoles. all u need is high resistance wire that will heat up and like glue that to ur regular insole. OR u could buy some of the new under floor heating stuff buy a samll pad trace ur foot and hook it up o a battery pack witch u can buy at radioshack all that for like 20$ instead of 200$
Maybe the Boot dryers, but DO NOT build insole warmers. i have a good workin knowledge of electricity (i built the entire electrical system for a robot (over 300 circuits) you WILL BE SHOCKED OR BURNED OR WORSE!
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
ye the insole definatly not becus i found soem good heated sox and heated insoles for 20$ but i mite try the boot dryer, what heating element can i use?? can i use a heating element from a hair dryer??
post #4 of 22
I cobbled together the best boot dryer I've ever used from a bonnet-style hair dryer that I picked up for about $4 at a thrift store, very similar to this one:

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I attached the hose coming out of the hair dryer (the end of the hose that would normally attach to the bonnet) to the center part of a PVC "T" coupler like this with pvc glue and duct tape:


Then I got a long section of used vacuum-cleaner hose for about .50 from a vacuum-cleaner repair shop and cut it in half...


I attached one end of each hose piece to an end of the T coupler, and put the other end of each hose piece in each boot. It worked great for about 3 years until the hair-dryer motor burned out.

You can still find these vintage hair dryers in thrift-stores and on e-bay; here's one, for example: http://tinyurl.com/cj8nn
post #5 of 22
You see a boot dryer.

I see a pile of plastic waiting to catch fire.

You could always put your boots next to the turkey fryer?

If not a fire you could damage your boots. I had a very bad experience in a new "big name" hotel a few years ago.

I put my kids boots on top of the wall heater/ac unit at medium heat upside down. I had done this any number of times. A few hours later I woke up to the smell of hot plastic. It had begun to melt and drip down into the HVAC unit. The good news was that the fire didn't happen the bad news was that the rear of the boots had fused to the liner. I was lucky enough to have a razor knife with me to separate the two.

Keep in mind that the setting was on medium .... the room was only a warm 70 ..... I wasn't on "bake".
post #6 of 22

Peet Boot Dryer

For $40.00 you can by the best boot dryer made IMO which is made by Peet (in St Maries Idaho)

http://www.peetshoedryer.com/index.phpe

I have had mine for 5 seasons and cousins of mine have had theirs for 10+ years without any problems.

There are no moving parts to burn out..the heat is very gentle but effective..overnight will completely dry out your boots..you can leave them on the dryer indefinitely, because it never gets really hot..the dryer breaks down for easy travel too..

great for all shoes/boots..oh yeah did I mention made in USA??

CTC
post #7 of 22
I made a boot dryer by putting a 4" square 120volt fan I got at Radio Shack into the end of a 6X6 wooden box with holes in the top for pipe flanges and some lengths of 1 1/4" Schedule 40 pipe with 90-degree elbows on the end to put the boots over upside down. Room temperature air circulates through the boots overnight for complete drying with no danger of overheating the boots.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
kneale your idea is very good, does radio shack sell any very small heating elements. i just want like gentle heat, i turned one of my old hairdryers on but unfortunatly i dont think i cna use it because the air coming out is still very hot. anyone have any ideas for gentle heating element???
post #9 of 22
Been doing something like Gnarlito is showing for at least 20 years. Any hair dryer that has a "warm" setting, vacuum cleaner hose from any hardware store. The end that connects to the hair dryer needs to be adapted a bit so air will go up the 3 or so inch diameter hose. I just bend up one of those aluminum foil baking pans one can buy at any market for two bucks. Doesn't need to be air tight folks just needs to make the air coming out of the usually wider hair dryer funnel more efficiently into the smaller pipe. Now at the far end of the hose I poked a bunch of half inch diameter holes in the hose.

To use it, I just shove the hose into one boot all the way to the toe, turn the hair dryer on to warm, pushing it into the crude mating with the foil, and let it go for about 5 minutes. Is there a chance the boot or hose will melt. Sure if one is a lame brain and forgets they just turned the thing on a few minutes ago. Then 5 minutes later pull it out and stuff it in the other boot then el repeto. Does this work as well as those $50 commercial boot dryers? Sure, the warm blowing air is warm blowing air.

...dave
post #10 of 22
Careful here folks...or you will mangle any custom footbeds...they will shrivel with too much heat (the deformation point is fairly low temp).....
You have been warned!!:
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
i want to make sumthing like this using the fans from radioshack i think i mite need two one at either end rite???
post #12 of 22

Caframo 7800 Four Season Shoe and Boot Dryer

Here is an awesome boot dryer

Caframo 7800 Four Season Shoe and Boot Dryer

There difficult to find for sale. I called Caframo a few years ago. I think the smallest quanity they will sell is something like 75 boot dryers for about $25. a piece. Someone could buy a large quanity of them and sell them here on EpicSki. I can verify this is industrial quality boot dryer and does an excellent job drying my boots and gloves with warm air (not HOT air).

BTW these eco fans that sit on top of wood stoves and run the fan from the heat on the stove are very cool also.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

gh

LOL!!!!!! 14$ hair dryer and a bunch of pvc fittings!!!!!
post #14 of 22
amen on the ruining of your footbeds; a season on a dryer most evenings and the arch support of mine totally collapsed. Is this cos the dryer was on too high? maybe, but it's still a dillemma...7 minutes of total misery every morning forcing your feet into cold fitted boots, or a footbeds that have been re-built and patched, like, 3 times. Am I being stoopid here? This does happen to other people, right?
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by daisy
amen on the ruining of your footbeds; a season on a dryer most evenings and the arch support of mine totally collapsed. Is this cos the dryer was on too high? maybe, but it's still a dillemma...7 minutes of total misery every morning forcing your feet into cold fitted boots, or a footbeds that have been re-built and patched, like, 3 times. Am I being stoopid here? This does happen to other people, right?
What were you using to dry them?

What kind of footbeds?

How long did you leave them on.

I have never had an issue with my liners or footbeds breaking down from drying.
post #16 of 22
Don't have boots in office, but I definitely left them on the huge, multi-boot dryer all night on occasion. Realise lack of details makes this look even more dizzy. I would take the boot off the dryer and put it straight on, and ski right out of the building while it was really hot still, possibly doing the damage myself. Maybe. :
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by staffpro
i want to make sumthing like this using the fans from radioshack i think i mite need two one at either end rite???
How long do you think it would take to gather the stuff and build one of those? That seems like more than $130 more than my time not even including material cost.

Unless you are doing it for fun not to save money you are better off just buying one IMHO.
post #18 of 22
I've used this boot dryer for the last few seasons and it works great for us.
post #19 of 22
This thread is hilarious! It reminds me of one of my capers back in 1960 when I was working in the Starndard Station at the corner of Burbank and Vineland in North Hollywood. One night I put a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup in front of a space heater in the office for about a half hour and, when I opened it, it sprayed soup clear up to the ceiling! It's a wonder the damned thing didn't explode!
'dog
post #20 of 22
Here's what I do, and it is safe and effective. I lean a box fan against the wall over my baseboard heater, so it is not within six inches of the heater. I lean the cuffs of the boots against the grill of the fan so that the air blows into them, and leave them there for a couple hours. My heater cycles to maintain room temperature, and the air entering the boots is mixed with cooler air too, so it isn't very hot (hot air can cause damage to thermoflex liners). I used this method on my boots every time I went skiing last year (57 days), and they have developed no odor, and with no ill effects on my thermoflex liners.
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by staffpro
kneale your idea is very good, does radio shack sell any very small heating elements. i just want like gentle heat, i turned one of my old hairdryers on but unfortunatly i dont think i cna use it because the air coming out is still very hot. anyone have any ideas for gentle heating element???
I didn't look for a heat source. I've never been a fan of adding heat above the level of room air temperature to something blowing into the boot. I've used this system several years with no problem having the boots fail to dry overnight.
post #22 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
I made a boot dryer by putting a 4" square 120volt fan I got at Radio Shack into the end of a 6X6 wooden box with holes in the top for pipe flanges and some lengths of 1 1/4" Schedule 40 pipe with 90-degree elbows on the end to put the boots over upside down. Room temperature air circulates through the boots overnight for complete drying with no danger of overheating the boots.

Knaele's idea works great. If you have good airflow you don't need heat to
dry boots overnight.

I made this kind of dryer 20 years ago out of a used 4" square 120V fan,
in a lipton soup box with VW flex heater hozes for tubes all stuck in holes in
the box. Worked great but due to cheap constuction it fell apart after 10 years.

I redesigned it about 5 years ago - now indestructble. A 3" square 120v
fan mounted on a piece of round (3" ?) White Sch40 PVC pipe 2 inches long. A piece of tin sealing the other 3" end. Four holes about 1" dia spaced
evenly around the sides. 15" Pieces of plastic 1" air duct hoze are inserted/removed from these holes (available from MSC Industrial Supply-
but larger hardware or vacuum stores may have it)

The boots lay sidewise on the floor and this whole rig sets on the motel bathroom floor with the door closed since the fan makes a bit of noise.

Unused holes don't have to be plugged -unless losing 1/2 the air bothers you


Those that are bothered by 120V AC can use a 12V computer fan with
a "12VDC Wall Wart" for power" The wal wart adds weight OTOH.

Also works for gloves or street shoes.

Easy to roll your own !
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