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Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

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Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

Anybody using or tried one of these ? I can't see that It will be any good in terms of spreading the heat equally.

My guess @ 300 watt is around 4/5 hours drying time @ 11.4p per KW hour /1000x300=3.42 x 5=17.1p.

A 2.5kw dryer would work out around 28.5 for an hour. BUT! with a  drying rack my clothes won't shrink.

Any thoughts welcomed.

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

I will be interested in any replies, as I have also been considering buying one.

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

SWMBO considered it, but she argued with herself  'somehow you need to get the dampness out of the room'.

She finally settled for a room dehumidifier and a cheapo drying rack from Argos.

With the drying rack fully loaded the dehumidifier extracts 20 litres of water over an 8 hour period,

Uses 240w per hour (ie 22p, more expensive than the drying rack, but doesn't shrink clothes. 

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journeys wrote:

 

 

 

... With the drying rack fully loaded the dehumidifier extracts 20 litres of water over an 8 hour period,

 

 


 

That seems to be a lot of residual water from the clothing, especially if it's been spun!

Or perhaps you have a large amount of washing  Wink

 

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

I've a rather useful device that dries clothes slowly and also vents accumulated humidity to the outdoor world, it's a tumble dryer with a low heat setting... Crazy

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RobPN wrote:


That seems to be a lot of residual water from the clothing, especially if it's been spun!

 


probably also collecting moisture from the utility room.

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

We run a dehumidifier and don't get anywhere near 20, maybe 5 to 10 but we double spin everything at 1400 first.

I hadn't thought about containing the washing in one room though as we push everything around the radiators to catch morning/evening cycle. Our dehumidifier is 440 watt full blast, so maybe we will give that a try with a simple rack first.

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

Like others I have thought about one but talked myself out of it as there are just the two of us so we are not washing stuff every day.

From what I can work out a tumble dryer costs about 40p for 1 hour of drying, this rack costs 6p per hour but that raises tho questions for me,

1. Will this drying rack dry all your clothes including bath towels etc in 1 hour ? if not, how long will it take.

2. Assuming you have an efficient tumble dryer how long will it be before you recoup the cost of the dryer rack ?

There is also the question of space, perhaps it folds down, if not some people might have a problem where to keep it.

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We've got one of these Wink

 

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)

In the UK, when it's too wet or cold to hang clothes out to dry, we use one or more of these.

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Clothes hung up around 8am, are dry by 3pm most days.

We have it set up in a small Toilet room, and just leave the window ajar.

 

We use 4 pegs on Boxers & Polo Shirts, creating a gap in the middle of each item, to ensure good air circulation.

Sometimes, we do have to Top & Tail Large Towels, but generally not.

TBH we tend to Tumble Dry large Towels, 'cos we like 'em "Soft & Fluffy"

 

In Hong Kong though, it's a different matter, almost exclusively we Tumble Dry everything we can.

This is a fairly normal sight as you wander round HK at the moment, the High Rise "Flats" are really quite small, so any washing is hung out in/off the balcony, by the residents.

 

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High Temperatures, but also High humidity.

Many resident have those pull out string dryers across the bath.

 

Fortunately, our Friends & Family tend to live in larger accommodation, across the River

 

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Re: Clothes Drying Rack (Heated)


Minivanman wrote:

We've got one of these Wink

 

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Yes but what do you do if it's damp or raining, ?

What you need is 6 lath victorian vintage ceiling pulley maid clothes airer.

Bet you have seen a few of those when you were a young lad !

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If you go to Argos and order 4 of these  http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6144616?storeId=10151&referredURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fprod... overdoor airers, 2 for £15. It stacks with 25% off orders over £25 (this discount is on full price not discounted price). Using code HOME25.

 

When you get the item you get 4 of these  http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6049780?storeId=10151&referredURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fprod...

They are £24.99 each.

You get 4 of these for £17.01.  They are stock numbered incorrectly in Argos. You do get the more expensive , freestanding one.  Or you could select any 4 of the 2 for £15 items, and get them all for between £14 and £20.

is taking advantage of this glitch immoral?