Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homesteading Drying Racks

This is taken from my friends blog.  These are awesome drying racks.
The "Homesteader" is our Extra Large drying rack for every day usage. This lovely drying rack holds a very large load or "Super Load". This is our family friendly drying rack. (We have a large family and needed something that would work for us.) This drying rack is huge. Sheets & blankets dry wonderfully on this drying rack. It is amazingly compact for its large size. I store mine in my hallway up against the wall when not in use (Which is almost never!). This offers 56' lineal Ft. of drying space. If you want to replace your dryer, This is the drying rack for you!

Handcrafted With Hardwood Dowels
56 lin. ft. of drying space
Size: 6'x4'
Size When Opened: 6"-32"
Assembled weight: 18 lbs.

I would love to get the word out on my husband's hand crafted Homestead Drying Racks.  To thank you for helping us promote our blog and store, we would like to start running weekly giveaways of the various products we offer and love.  Some may think a drying rack is a "want".  Well, I "need" my drying racks.

Why do you NEED a drying rack?

Expense:  The electric dryer costs money to run.  An estimated $180 per year.  It really doesn't seem like that much, but if you are like us, every penny counts.

Wear and Tear:  The evidence of lint in your electric dryer is evidence that your clothes are virtually wearing down on their fiber content.  When you air dry clothing, they last longer.  The longer the clothing lasts, the less you need to buy to replace.  If you are like us, we like to get the most miles out of our clothing.  I want the clothing to last through several hand-me-downs.  The way the electric dryer sucks energy and wears down clothing, we are proud to offer an alternative to your drying needs.

Safety:  It is estimated that over 15,000 house fires each year are started by electric or gas powered dryers.  When the lint gets trapped it can catch fire and burn your home down.  How many of you leave your home with a dryer running while you are gone.  Here you can hang an entire load of laundry on one of our sturdy racks (Pioneer or Homesteader size), and while you are away, your clothes will be drying, you will be saving money, and you will not have to worry about your home burning down.  Wow, that sounds great!

How do our drying racks compare to the less expensive racks?

100% Sturdier: Our racks are the sturdiest on the market, hands down!  We had a cheap walmart spindle of a rack, and about 3 months later, it was used for kindling in our wood stove.  When the kids helped make noodles on our volume three of Homesteading for Beginners DVD, you can see how we were actually having to duck tape it so it would hold through the filming.  Junk!  Our racks have 3/4 inch hard wood dowels with handcrafted side pieces to hold it together to last a lifetime.  Each piece is carefully made by my husband who I lovingly refer to as Mr. Meticulous.  The racks can withstand heavy, heavy quilts and heavy room area rugs.  You can put a quilt on one side and it will not topple over like the accordion style wooden drying racks the Amish make.
You get what you pay for!

Unique V design:  The unique V design allows for optimal air flow.  You clothing will dry faster and more evenly.  The accordion style racks stack the clothing right on top of the lower layer because the dowels are right on top of the other.  This V design also makes our rack stout with a solid footing.  It is not going anywhere!

What will I use my Pioneer Drying Rack for if I win one?

  • Laundry Load
  • Cloth diapers
  • Rugs
  • Dish Towels
  • Bath Towels
  • Jeans or Shirts
  • Skirts or Dresses
  • Sweaters and Quilts
  • Drying Herbs
  • Drying Noodles
  • Pretty display for an heirloom quilt

My husband gave me one of his "Homesteader" drying racks.  I use it for drying huge loads of laundry that we most often have.  I park it beside of our wood stove or on our covered front porch.  I love to drape my laundry on the biggest, most sturdy rack on the market, knowing my laundry will be there when I need to take it in.  The wind just blows across the laundry, quickly and efficiently drying it, without the use of electricity!  That is exciting.   In just a few short hours, my laundry is dry and ready to fold.  I love my "Homesteader"!!!!
What other people are saying about the Homesteader:
"I think a picture is worth a thousand words so I took a picture to illustrate the difference between our "Homesteader" Drying Rack and the largest 'other' drying rack available online.  The rack I am showing next to the "Homesteader" has 56 sq. ft of drying space and currently sells for 110.00 postpaid.  It has very thin dowels which will start to bow after use.  It is much narrower and shorter which means many regular size items just don't fit well on the rack.  One of the most important things I should mention is that the design of the racks from Forgotten Way Farms is that they allow for good airflow between each dowel so clothes can actually dry is good time.  My hope is that after reading our testimonial and viewing the pictures every potential customer will make a decision to purchase from Forgotten Way Farms. There are so few handcrafted items of this quality that are still Made in America and this is an item that will stand the test of time!"- REBECCA, VA.

"Your "Homesteader" rack is very well built which shows the amount of time and thought that was put into designing them. The rack was easy to assemble and all the parts fit together beautifully. Very good job! We are so pleased with this drying rack that we are ordering another right now. We have other drying racks but this is the best we have had the pleasure to use. The quality and size makes it a very good value." -Jim, VA.

"This drying rack is just plain addictive.  My "Pioneer" easily held two twin-sized fleece blankets and a smaller baby blanket, all of which dried in one hour next to the woodstove.  Wow.  Dry time was as fast as my electric drier with zero cost!  My active one year old also kept pulling himself up on the bottom dowels and they held up beautifully.  The sturdiness of this rack is not even comparable with the cheap one I had in my closet.  This rack is so worth the cost!  Not too big, not too little, the Pioneer will save me loads on my electric bill.  And with the laundry needs of our seven member family, that makes a real difference" - Jessica, Idaho

"I love the "Homesteader" drying rack!! It is tough and sturdy. It very efficiently dries a whole load of laundry at a time, and it's a joy to toss my sheets over the top to dry. This rack is so beautifully crafted that I think I will use it to display my antique linens on my porch during the summer months. It's just too nice to ever put away. Great job, you guys!" - Kathi, Idaho

" I use the "Homesteader" drying rack every day, there is just nothing like it " - Cindy, Idaho

"I got my Homesteader last week and I LOVE IT! At first I was feeling guilty for spending so much for something like a clothes drying rack, but oh my goodness -- IT'S WORTH IT! It's so nice to have all my clothes in one place instead of here and there throughout the house. It's also perfect for my wool blankets. I'm glad I found you all!" - Rhonda, Kentucky
"The "Homesteader" drying rack is the largest one you have and is absolutely the most wonderful thing I've acquired in a long time. Everybody that sees it is thunderstruck at the size and sturdiness of it. My health and my husbands disability make it nigh to impossible for me to use a clothes line. I dont like using a dryer. This rack will keep me from ever needing to run the elect. hog, dryer. Thank you so much for making such a wonderful tool and making it affordable."- Peggy, AR
Don't be shy, enter to win this nice Homesteader drying rack.  If you do not win this week, keep coming back.  We will be running giveaways for great products each week.  Our special thank you!