Farm Progress

Propane-powered grain dryer from Mathews Company

Karen McMahon 2

April 25, 2011

1 Min Read

The Mathews Company is testing a propane-powered Trilogy series grain dryer this year. The propane model drew considerable attention from farmers at the National Farm Machinery Show where the dryer was displayed.

Mathews received a grant from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) to help develop the propane dryer, which is designed for high energy efficiency. The propane dryer also provides flexibility because, unlike traditional dryers, this model does not need to be located near a natural gas line.

The Trilogy dryer runs in three different modes: pressure heat/pressure cool, full heat, or pressure heat/vacuum cool. Kevin Ryan, Mathews Company, says drying options are easily changed on a touch screen that is located in a cabinet on the side of the dryer. The three modes give farmers options for drying based on type of grain, the incoming moisture level, and energy efficiency. For example, a farmer may want to focus on energy efficiency and use the vacuum cool mode that pulls latent heat out of the grain and recycles the hot air through the fan.

Other features include a quiet centrifugal fan and a smaller screen for handling a variety of grains. The Trilogy is constructed in a compact horizontal configuration so it can be installed anywhere, including remote field locations.

The propane Trilogy dryer will be commercially available in 2012.

A video titled “A Profile in Partnership” describes how Mathews developed the dryer. For more information, contact Mathews Company at 800/323-7045, or visit www.mathewscompany.com.

 

About the Author(s)

Karen McMahon 2

Editor

Karen McMahon has been editor of Farm Industry News since 2000. She joined the staff in 1998 as senior editor and previously worked on the company’s National Hog Farmer magazine.

Karen grew up on a crop and livestock farm outside of LeMars, IA, and earned her journalism degree from South Dakota State University. After college, she worked on the local newspaper as farm editor and later started writing for various livestock and crop magazines.

She has written extensively about trends and technology related to corn and soybean production, the equipment needed for row-crop farming, and livestock production.   

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