“Hey dad,” my son said back when he was still in the nest and a regular at WildSnow HQ, “I want to build a boot dryer that works, you got any computer fans in that pile of junk?”
“Sure,” I said, “check out my hardware hacking stash, I’ve even got computer fan grills, reducers and whatnot.”
“What would work best for tubes?” Louie said, “I don’t want to buy anything for this project.”
Answer: “Check out the famous WildSnow workshop, you never know what you might find in there!”
Sure enough, the guy finds Rancho shock absorber boots that fit perfectly in the ends of the fan reducers. End result, the WildSnow Turbo Boot Dryer. Be careful, it might blow your boots right out the door!
Link below is for a variety of dual 80mm fans you could do this build with:
If you want to go totally low cost, build your own fan mount plate like we did, and mount a couple of the least cost 80 mm fans you can find. Link below is for a fan from Amazon that looks perfect in terms of cost vs performance.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.