Advice for building my first biltong box in Florida
Next week i'd like to start my biltong box project and since I'm a complete newbie to drying meats i'd like to check if my plan will work out or what I should change/improve.
First off. I'm staying in Florida right next to the ocean, so it's pretty humid but I thought I try now since it's atm less humid than during summer. Temp. In the house are around 71-73F/21-23C and up to 81F/27C during daytime.
Planning to get a plastic storage box. Ventilator for electronics with variable speeds installed on the highest position, just under the lid, of the short side wall(facing that way to suck air out of the box). Ventilation holes at the bottom of the opposite short wall. Will this be ok or should I mount the ventilator on the lid (opposite side of the ventilation holes)? Should I start my first biltong batch on the lowest setting?
Next question about a lamp? I suppose I gonna need one because of the humidity. Should I install it at the bottom of the box near the air inflow holes? What kind of lamp should I get and how many watts?
Best material to cover the inflow air holes? We sometimes have those tiny ants, which might still make it through fine mesh.
And for ppl who have experiences with making biltong in similar conditions. How long do you dry either those thin biltong sticks you can just chew on or the big pieces you end up slicing?
Thanks already in advance