What Type of Herb Dry Rack to Choose?
With harvest season in full swing one of the most popular items are dry racks. However, dry racks come in many different sizes and versions, making picking the right one a little challenging. Don't worry though, we'll guide you through the different options!
Styles of Herb Dry Racks
Hanging Dry Racks
A plain and simple metal dry rack with clips is for hanging branches to dry trim later. These are the go-to if you prefer to clip and hang branches for dry trimming. Just hang the branches, let dry, and trim when convenient.
Stackable Dry Racks
Stackable dry racks are square stackable screens used to dry plant materials. The benefit of stackable dryers is that they don't require a hanging point or 5-6 feet in height. Stackable dry racks can be set on flat surfaces and is more compact between tiers.
Mesh Hanging Dry Racks
The standard mesh dry rack is a plain open air mesh hanging rack. Smaller single tier versions often have open tops, while multi-tier dry racks will be closed between levels but has an opening in the front on each level.
Hanging Dry Racks with Clip-on Levels
Dry Racks with clip-on levels allow you to disconnect unused levels so you don't have them hanging empty. Additional levels can be clipped onto the main unit as needed. Unfortunately these units usually won't have individual hanging supports for each clip-on section so each can't be used independently without some modification.
Hanging Dry Racks with Zipper Openings
Dry racks with zippers openings are our most popular type of dry rack that we carry. Each level is enclosed and has a zippered cover over the opening on each level. The completely mesh enclosed system helps prevent unwanted debris or pests from entering the dryer.
Herb Dry Rack Sizes
We have dry racks in a few different sizes. Our most popular are the 18" diameter Secret Jardin Dryit 45, 2 foot diameter Grow1 Dry Racks, and 3 foot diameter Grow1 Dry Racks. Don't let the diameter fool you, dry racks are large! Multi-tier dry racks are typically about the height of a person (5.5-6 ft) and with a diameter of 2 or 3 feet, that makes for a big rack!
What Dry Rack Should I Get?
The first step in picking a drying rack is deciding how much room you have to fit a dry rack. Be sure to measure for diameter as well as height. We recommend adding a few extra inches to your measurement to compensate for when the dryer is fully loaded and hanging lower.
After measuring how much space you have, try and judge the size of your harvest and how quickly you'll be processing it. You can layer a little in each level if needed, but thinner layers of herb are best to ensure proper air circulation. Once you've got a rough estimate you can easily decide if a 2 foot dry rack is big enough, or if you really need to step it up to a 3 foot diameter drying rack.
One of our favorite drying racks for the hobbyist is the Secret Jardin DryIt 45. This little dryer is only 18" wide so it can fit in a lot more places than other dry racks. The beauty of this rack is that each level is separate. If you only need one level, that's all you have to get. But if you need more, you can pick up some more and they will link together and hang as one drying rack. Due to the smaller diameter and ability to go with just one level or many, the DryIt 45 is definitely one of our favorites!
Notable mention: The Secret Jardin Dark Dryer 90 is a drying tent with a special fabric to allow improved air circulation and keep the harvest out of the light. While not a drying rack specifically, a drying rack can be hung inside a Dark Dryer, keeping it safe and in the dark, along with additional accessories like fans.
- Tags: Harvest Season
- Rogue Staff