Bannatyne Dri-Flo Moisture Control System
The Dri-Flo system has been designed by Craig Bannatyne and Willie McCallum and extensively trialled and played at the highest level of piping, for over 2 years by Willie McCallum and Callum Beaumont, amongst others.
The system been used in differing levels of temperature and humidity in various parts of the globe during that time. The system has won first prizes at every major solo piping competition in that time.
The Dri-Flo system consists of three tubes which are installed at the bottom of the drone stocks. Air passes through the tubes and moisture is removed by the drying gels before reaching the drone reeds. The drying gels absorb moisture and gradually change colour over a number of playing sessions. This colour change will indicate when the gels require drying.
The tubes are installed by one of two methods. They can be hemped directly into the bottom of the drone stocks. The recommended method, however, is to install the rubber cups to the bottom of the stocks, where they fit neatly into the grooves. The tubes are then easily fitted and removed in and out of the rubber cups.
Major Features of the system
Longer playing time, keeps drone reeds and drones dry
Excellent Air Flow to drones with unaffected drone volume
Light weight compared to other systems
Easy visual check when gels need dried
Starts and Stops are straightforward with no valves
Easy to Install and Remove
Suitable for any climate
Gels have 70% absorption giving longer playing time in between drying
No dust particles
Strong flexible hoses prevent collapsing
Drying of Gels
Remove the cap carefully and empty gels very carefully into a plate or jug that is heat resistant e.g. Pyrex. Place a piece of kitchen roll at the bottom will prevent the gels ‘bouncing’ out and preventing loss.
Remove kitchen roll and place in an oven at 160°C, heating for 15-20 minutes. Ovens may vary.
Gels should have returned to original orange. Remove and allow to cool. DO NOT TOUCH HOT GELS.
When the gels have cooled, refill the tubes carefully using a paper funnel or jug
The system is ready to be used again.
If gels are dried out in a microwave this will cause the gels to break up which will lessen their effectiveness and
unwanted particles may enter the bag.