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jswordy
06-24-2010, 04:52 PM
Hey, I know a lot of you guys make jerky. My wife is a big dehydrator user, and we had a plastic one given to us that she has used so much the heat has cracked all the trays on it. So she emails me this:

"Puulleeeeeeeeeeessssssssssseeeeeeee ask the BBQ boys about dehydrators for durability and safety from nasty chemicals, etc. Also, what do they use for small screens (for drying small stuff)."

Can ya help her out? She's looking to buy a new one.

Ashmont
06-24-2010, 05:13 PM
Hey, I know a lot of you guys make jerky. My wife is a big dehydrator user, and we had a plastic one given to us that she has used so much the heat has cracked all the trays on it. So she emails me this:

"Puulleeeeeeeeeeessssssssssseeeeeeee ask the BBQ boys about dehydrators for durability and safety from nasty chemicals, etc. Also, what do they use for small screens (for drying small stuff)."

Can ya help her out? She's looking to buy a new one.



You might wanna see if there are any on Freecycle.com or Reuseit.com that someone will give you for free....

littlechief
06-24-2010, 05:35 PM
I use my Little Chief Electric smoker for anything I want to dry out like Jerky, fish, peppers & herbs It runs 150-160* with or without smoke. You can also use it to add some smoke flavor to anything without cooking it like paprika, salt, nuts, cheese & dips. For the smaller stuff I made shelves out of SS mesh and also some out of SS expanded metal, they are just 10.5" squares so really anything will work. As for durability and safety from chemicals, It will last a lifetime and has no chemicals.
I have four trout we caught this morning in mine right now smoking with a mix of alder & apple wood.:-D

jswordy
06-24-2010, 05:37 PM
Thanks. I suppose I should say she is concerned about chemicals leaching out of plastic trays.

Kevin
06-24-2010, 05:53 PM
I've been looking at these:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0019202515819a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Products&QueryText=dehydrator&sort=all&Go.y=0&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=false&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=0

Rylos1
06-24-2010, 07:21 PM
I have an Excalibur 3900 and I love it.

http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/9-Tray-Large-Excalibur-3900-68-37-regular-prod.htm

chrcey12
06-24-2010, 10:20 PM
http://www.sausagemaker.com/fooddehydrators.aspx

These look to be really well made.

jswordy
06-25-2010, 03:41 PM
Thanks guys! I am gonna send her a link to this thread.

1FUNVET
06-25-2010, 03:59 PM
My bro-n-law has a Excalibur 3500 that i borrow occassionally and it works great.

Ducksmoke
06-25-2010, 04:02 PM
I've been looking at these:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0019202515819a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Products&QueryText=dehydrator&sort=all&Go.y=0&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=false&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=0

I've had the 80 liter unit for 4 years, and love it. Works well winter or summer. I considered getting the 160 liter unit, glad I didn't I've only managed to fill the smaller once once. It's amazing how much fits in it.

The_Kapn
06-25-2010, 05:14 PM
I had a "convection" type Ronco thingie for several years.
Worked, but barely.

Now it is the Excalibur 2500 for the last 5 * years.
It has never missed a beat.
And I use it a lot.
145 deg max with lots of airflow, which is critical to real dehyrading.

Only regret--should have bought a 2900 :redface:

TIM