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Hi, just wondering if anyone has used the grain guard propane/ng heaters that mount between fan and bin? do they work good? are there any issues with trying to dry canola/ flax down a few points with them? what size of bin works best? hopper or flat bottom? any advice would be appreciated as I have no experience with them and would like to try using one. I'm thinking of getting the 24" inline centrifugal 100,000btu model. thanks

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We use em But we don't like to use em. Been a long time since we used them in canola but they will get you out of a bind at times. We have them on 5000 bu bins takes time though and should flip the grain after because the top might be tough

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Spoke to my dad he Said we dried canola with them in 09 and it does not work well at all
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My neighbor put up a couple last year. His comment "buy a drier".
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I like the electric heaters got a few but they quit making them.
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with the cold weather here I would really warn you about moisture condensing on the roof , the walls and on the grain itself on the top of the pile . When it is warm outside you don't have to worry about condensation as much . Keep a close eye on the grain in the bin and don't try to dry a big pile in the bin as it will take a long time and you could get spoilage before it gets dry . Would shoot for a half a bin to start and this all depends on how much moisture you are pulling out . I wouldn't even think of anything over 16% on our drier bin I won't think of anything over 18% as it will take forever and go through tons of propane .
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We used 125,000 btu disiel heaters mounted about 8 inches from the fan inlet. They work as long as you fill the 18x5 bin 1/2 to 2/3 full and turn the entire bin within 5-7 days.
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I have 20000 with ng heaters, agree with everything said especially about condensation. very inefficient and expensive to run.Buy a dryer
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we have one set up on a 4000 median ,5hp with the heater ,worked "ok" in canola when the weather was warm but we tried it late in the fall, the first 600 bushels came out dry 6% then the rest was a mixture of 8% and chunks of moldy stuff from the walls ..about a foot on the walls was crap and wrecked the rest of the bin ,,expenisive lesson ,ALL Canola thur the dryer from then on,,, maybe in warm areas might work But??? Up here no chances when we have a dryer sitting ....
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The trick is to turn it with in 5-7 days or you will have a wreck with the condensation.

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