Frankford Arsenal Brass Dryer

By Dr. Jim and Mary Clary

Frankford Arsenal Brass Dryer
Illustration courtesy of Frankford Arsenal, Inc.

If you use a vibrating case tumbler with dry media to clean your brass, you do not need this device. However, if you use a sonic cleaner or rotary tumbler, this is just what is needed to ensure that your brass is dry (inside and out) before loading.

We have all three kinds of case cleaners. For small batches of once or twice fired brass, we use a dry media tumbler. For range brass that we have scrounged or particularly dirty brass, we have found that sonic cleaners or rotary tumblers work best. (We like the Frankford Arsenal unit.)

The only problem has been, how long do we let the brass dry before reloading? A few hours, a day, or more; it depends on the humidity in the area where you live.

It is essential that all moisture be removed from the inside of the cases before reloading. Otherwise, when you prime the case, the primer has a high probability of failure and slightly damp powder is not going to produce positive results on the range. Hence, the Frankford Arsenal Brass Dryer is a great addition for many reloading benches.


  • Specifically designed to dry brass after Rotary Tumbling or Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Vented trays provide the positive airflow to minimize drying time
  • Top-mounted fan circulates up to 160 degree air to quickly dry the brass inside and out
  • Five removable trays easily dry up to 1,000 pieces of .223 brass in less than one hour
  • Heavy Duty 500 watt unit
  • 2016 MSRP: $79.99

This is a very well designed unit. The engineers placed the fan on top to ensure that moisture from the drying process does not reach the circuitry.

The Frankford Arsenal dryer's capacity of up to 1,000 pieces of .223 brass or 2,000 pieces of 9x19mm is more than adequate for most reloaders. The separate and removable trays allow you to dry different caliber cases at the same time, without mixing or sorting being required at the end.

Our test unit requires about one hour to dry an entire load, using convection heating that virtually eliminates watermarks on the brass. The 500 watt heating element, coupled with the forced air design, provides for even drying through all of the trays, which eliminates a problem that some dryers encounter.

This is really not a surprise, as the internal temperature reaches 160 F degrees as the air blows through the trays. The Frankford Arsenal Brass Dryer works as advertised.

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