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Looking for a Heating Element type of product.

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  1. Parks 788

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    I know there are a lot of different minds here on OSA so I thought I'd ask this question here.

    So, I have project I'm doing at home because I have most of the materials on had already. I'm wanting to build my own portable boot and glove dryer. I know they can be had on amazon for $50-$100 but sort of want to give this a shot. What i'm looking for is something like the heating element tube portion in a hair dryer that can plug into the wall but I only need to get to about 90* - 100* temperature wise. Any products out there that would meet this criteria? Thanks for the help.
     
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    Just use the cheap hair dryers on low setting?
     
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    That's pretty low temps. You might be able to put a couple in series if you don't want to use a thermostat.

    Hmmm... at those temps, a fan alone might do as well. You're basically talking body temperature.

    Just a thought. :drunk2:
     
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    Hairdryers even on low heat setting seem to have a duty cycle and they are still pretty warm. My checking on boot/glove dryers is that the temps they put out is about 105* or so. Setting my device next to a floor vent may be sufficient or just leaving on for 3-4 hours in the evening with room temp air would probably work fine too. I know my question is a long-shot but thought I'd ask.
     
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    You might consider incandescent light bulbs (or others?). AFAIK, you can still get incandescents for specialty and low wattage applications (such as ovens, night-lights, etc.).
     
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    Heat lamps are still available as well.
     
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    Also... you can control the heat level on about any type of 120V element with a standard incandescent dimmer switch, as long as you don't go over the dimmer's rated wattage.

    :drunk2:
     
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    I must be the only guy that tosses my boots into the oven.
     
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    The exhaust of a shop vac? Feels warm after it's run for a while.
     
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    Use good ol’ redneck ingenuity. Make a stand for each boot. Buy two old hair dryers from the thrift store. Duct tape the dryers to the stands.
     

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