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alton brown uses the filter/ fan setup to dry beef jerky shown about the 2:20 mark in this video but I doubt you could make jerky in the shop.

I was thinking of hitting up my a/c guy to see if he can hook me up with an old squirrel cage fan to make one of these

https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/a...recipe-0170068



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Lots of forced air furnaces die because of burner or pump problems (oil type) that still have perfectly good fans.
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You could go to a baseball game- there's a fan in every seat. Good idea to check with someone in HVAC.

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I have a Jet Air Filter with an electrostatic filter. I find that I cleans the air really good. The filter hangs from chains and has a remote to turn it on and off. Additionally it has a timer feature so I can leave the shop and the filter will shut off automatically. The fans with filters are ok but they do not have the effectiveness of the Jet Air Filter. There are several other clones of the Jet and from what I have read they work very well.

Small wood particles are not good to breath. Plus my shop is both for the making and finishing. So the Air Filter helps get the small dust particles out of the air so they do not fall down on my projects during finishing.

Just do not run the air filter while projects are drying. The moving air causes dust that still collects on the tops of fixtures and other objects to get into the air. Run the Filter before you start finishing. When you start finishing turn it off.

There is nothing wrong with saving money but what is your safety and health worth? It is false economy to get inferior results by saving money.
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I also wear a quality dust mask when sanding, turning, etc. in the shop.

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I have a Jet Air Filter with an electrostatic filter.
I have the same jet and love it. The one I was saying is overpriced is the Powermatic in the ad, which is just a fan with an electrostatic on the front for $600.

I have seen several tests done in online videos with the box fans and filters and they do get the particle count down quite far for not a lot of cash. If you don't have the $300 for a hanging unit, spending $60 on a box fan and some good filters is a great way to go!

A long time back I had built this one, unfortunately it was too heavy to really hang, so I had it mounted on a shelf. Moved a ton of air, but awfully noisy at times. I had a handful of electrostatic filters and just cleaned them off with the garden hose

**** I just realized you can see my old 'tube' style ambient dust filter that was made by Rigid. That worked OK in my single car garage, but didn't do much in the bigger garage***
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