“Early on, we found that few people were using a drying rack and that many growers had designed their own system. However, those systems required a lot of hand labor to move the product through the drying process. Sadly, many growers continue to use a labor-intensive drying process,” says Trevor McNeill, Territory Manager at A-ROO Company. By working closely with cannabis growers, the company has designed cannabis drying racks that help growers streamline their drying process, improve efficiency and save space. “Growers have noticed how easy they are to use and how much less labor is required to use our drying racks.”
Customizable and mobile
Although the company has standard ‘small’ and ‘large’ sizes of the drying racks available, the racks are 100% customizable. “Arrange the shelves and easily adjust the drying arms into numerous potential combinations for your specific drying needs. Choose from three different shelving options to collect dried products: polycarbonate, PVC, or wire mesh. You can also simply and easily link racks with the addition of a hitch and pin.” The large version of the drying rack is generally loaded with about 225 stems. This is approximately two stems per hook (the large stock drying rack comes with four cross arms of 28 hooks each = 112 total hooks on each stock rack).
The drying rack’s journey starts in the grow room. “Using our solution saves growers a ton of labor as they can load the rack in the grow room and then roll it easily into the drying room.” When rolled into the humidity-controlled drying room (generally around 60% humidity and 60 degrees), the product takes approximately ten days to dry. It will then stay in the drying room for another 5 – 10 days while it cures. The rack is then rolled out of the drying room for the product to be cut, trimmed, and bagged depending on the use.
As the drying racks are mobile, they can be moved from room to room if needed. The base can also be separated if the grower wants to have the posts in a stationary location while the base is moved.
As additional states pass medicinal and adult-use cannabis, A-ROO anticipates the demand for their cannabis solutions to increase. “This is a growing industry, and we are excited that our solutions play a part in cannabis growers’ success. We find it important that our solutions can be customized to the grower’s needs. Therefore, we have a wide array of shelf options, arm configurations, and materials available. We have also recently produced a stainless steel rack that measures taller than our stock drying rack.”
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