How To Reduce Grain Drying Costs


As mentioned in the previous posts, that grain drying c […]

As mentioned in the previous posts, that grain drying could be accomplished by utilization of high-pressure fans without heat. Other drying equipment utilizes natural gas or propane for heat and electricity to power fans to move the heated air through the drying system. Both types of systems dry grain effectively (depending on weather conditions) they contribute to the energy bill. As a result, reducing the grain drying costs is the goal of all producers. Following are some tips that might help producers reducing the drying costs.


Perform annual maintains on grain dryers. This can reduce the energy cost and increase the lifespan of equipment. Dirt, poor bearings lubrication, and inaccurately calibration of thermostats reduce the unit's efficiency.
Some researchers estimated that proper maintenance of grain drying equipment could save 10% on the energy bill.
Clean drying bins and make sure that the floors, columns, screens, fan housings, and fan blades are dirt free.
Check the drain holes to make sure that they are open and not clogged with dirt.
Tighten the belt drives to ensure they are at appropriate tension levels. Review the alignment of the pulleys.
Lubricate all bearings. Check all mounting bolts and secure locking collars.
Calibrate grain moisture sensors and thermostats. Normally compare them to a certified unit.
Check the gas pressure regulators. You may need to call the Gas Company or liquid propane supplier to perform this check.
Check the color of the burner flame for proper combustion. Blue color indicates complete combustion, while yellow color indicates poor combustion.