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#3399504 - 10/12/13 05:13 PM Sausage virgin
Robtattoo
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I've been processing my own game meat & that of a few friend for a few years now & I keep feeling the urge to make meat-in-tube-form.
I have the recipes & principles down pat, but as yet I don't have a stuffer.
I don't really want to drop a lot of cash on one just yet (I know, buy once, cry once) until I know whether I'll be making enough each year to warrant the expense.
Can anyone recommend me a good, reliable sub-$100 machine?
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#3399521 - 10/12/13 05:32 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Robtattoo]
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Sub $100 is tough, but for around $130, you can get a Weston, small vertical stuffer. You definitely want a vertical stuffer.
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#3399580 - 10/12/13 06:11 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Poser]
Robtattoo
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Better than a horizontal? Why's that?
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#3400594 - 10/13/13 04:19 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Robtattoo]
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I've been using the stuffer attachment for my grinder the last few years. It took a little practice to get the hang of, but it works fine. It's easier with two people.
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#3403331 - 10/15/13 10:42 AM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: TX300mag]
DntBrnDPig
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I have the LEM 5# stuffer. I dont know how much you do, but this is great for me. All metal gears, easy to clean, and relatively cheap.

http://www.lemproducts.com/category/sausage-stuffers
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#3403359 - 10/15/13 11:00 AM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Robtattoo]
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 Originally Posted By: Robtattoo
Better than a horizontal? Why's that?


Common complaints on the horizontal and horn designs are that you get a lot of leakage around the seal. That means you are losing meat when stuffing.

Definitely need metal gears. I saw this post on the Smoking Meat Forum and the guy is showing off is plastic gears and plastic components: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/99164...ood-for-rookies

My stuffer is all metal components with the exception of the silicon ring seal. I have heard numerous complaints about the lack of replacement parts for LEM's consumer and prosumer lines. They sell some replacement parts but not everything. One thing that I really like about Weston products are they they sell replacement parts for every single component of their stuffers and grinders. They also almost always have sales and free shipping deals running for direct purchases. The stuffer is probably a 30 pound package, so free shipping is a good deal.
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#3404806 - 10/16/13 10:21 AM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: TX300mag]
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 Originally Posted By: TX300mag
I've been using the stuffer attachment for my grinder the last few years. It took a little practice to get the hang of, but it works fine. It's easier with two people.

Yep, the stuffer attachment works good enough for the limited amount of "stuffing" I do. I did get a foot switch for my grinder though. Pretty handy little gadget when you are working alone as it let's you have both hands free.
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#3404923 - 10/16/13 11:34 AM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: bigtex]
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You can find anything on Craigslist.

Sausage stuffer and meat tumblers - $100 (west nashville)
http://nashville.craigslist.org/grd/4073207605.html


Sausage Stuffer - $40 (Jackson, TN)
http://jacksontn.craigslist.org/for/4115917427.html
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#3404943 - 10/16/13 11:52 AM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: bigtex]
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 Originally Posted By: bigtex
 Originally Posted By: TX300mag
I've been using the stuffer attachment for my grinder the last few years. It took a little practice to get the hang of, but it works fine. It's easier with two people.

Yep, the stuffer attachment works good enough for the limited amount of "stuffing" I do. I did get a foot switch for my grinder though. Pretty handy little gadget when you are working alone as it let's you have both hands free.


I used my stuffer attachment for the first couple of years. It does work fine. Its a bit slow and laborious, but if you are just doing small batch, it is definitely sufficient. The stuffer is also another item that you must disinfect. Cleaning up a grinder, mixer and stuffer is a 45 minute affair.
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#3405019 - 10/16/13 12:35 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Poser]
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I used a horn-type stuff for the 15 pounds I did last week. In fact, it looked identical to the one pictured above. Poser's right, I had a ton of blow-by around the seal. I was probably operating at 80%.
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#3405390 - 10/16/13 05:16 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: infoman jr.]
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Poser is 110% correct about the vertical stuffer, I used my grinder for a few yrs. and invested in one of the horn style, it is once used and sits on the floor of the pantry. I bought a vertical gear drive one the following yr. and never looked back...........it is awesome.

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#3405440 - 10/16/13 05:59 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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I've got a horizontal you can have if I can find it. Useless.

I'd love to have a big vertical.
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#3405467 - 10/16/13 06:18 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: TX300mag]
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 Originally Posted By: TX300mag


I'd love to have a big vertical.


Wouldn't we all. \:D
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#3405477 - 10/16/13 06:23 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: TX300mag


I'd love to have a big vertical.


Wouldn't we all. \:D


Speak for yourself \:D
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#3405734 - 10/16/13 08:42 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: TX300mag


I'd love to have a big vertical.


Wouldn't we all. \:D


And if the thread title wasn't enough.................LOL

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#3405951 - 10/16/13 11:09 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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This thread never had a chance, huh? \:D
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#3405957 - 10/16/13 11:23 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: TX300mag]
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It started out pretty well on track \:D
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#3406637 - 10/17/13 12:09 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: TAFKAP]
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#3431170 - 11/01/13 03:28 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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I have the 5# stuffer from LEM, I also have the exact same stuffer from Northern Tool with the plastic gears. Both work the same. I think the key is to just not get He-Man on the crank if you get into a bind, and most importantly, use food grade silicone spray to keep it moving with easy.


 Originally Posted By: DntBrnDPig
I have the LEM 5# stuffer. I dont know how much you do, but this is great for me. All metal gears, easy to clean, and relatively cheap.

http://www.lemproducts.com/category/sausage-stuffers
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#3433915 - 11/03/13 04:29 PM Re: Sausage virgin [Re: TheRealSpurhunter]
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We use our grinder to stuff works fine.
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