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Aerated Garbage Dries Corn Used For Bird Feed
My wife and I are both avid bird watchers and we grow field corn for them. To dry the corn and keep it form spoiling, I came up with this aerated garbage can that uses the same principle as a drying bin to suck air through grain.
  I started with a standard garbage can. I cut a hole in one side of the can at the bottom and mounted a 3 by 3-in. dia., 1/10 hp fan out of a copy machine in the hole. I got the fan a long time ago for $5 at a local Xerox surplus store. Then I drilled a series of 3/8-in. holes just below lid level.
  To keep corn dry, I simply plug in the fan and pull air through the grain with the lid on the can.
  It works amazingly well. (Richard Marley, 445 County Rd. 25009, Mahomet, Ill. 61853; ph 217 586-5750)

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2