Completed water sausage stuffer ... under $50

RexLanRexLan Posts: 868 Officer
UPDATE: I have completed the unit and posted it up on a new thread with a video and a parts list here
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I have completed my prototype sausage stuffer and proved the concept ... it works excellent. I have run a 34mm casing, 21mm casing, 1-1/2" and a 2-1/2". All sizes came out perfectly and effortlessly using the water pressure at the kitchen sink. I made 3 stuffing tubes ... 3/4" -- 1/2" -- 3/8" and extruded the ends just a bit with heat.

At full stroke on the piston the residual left in the machine was a couple of ounces which is pretty good. On my final version I will machine a piston to pick up most of that.

I will tidy this "working proof of concept" unit up and make 2 size tubes - perhaps an 12" and a 24" that will hold about 5# and 11# of meat.

Now: Anyone wanting to make there own ... I can give you the dimensions for your piston disks which can be made out of 1/8" cutting board if you have a drill press. You will need 4 of the large OD size and 4 of the minor OD size to form it, a small spacer to make it about 2" overall length and a SS through bolt. The O-rings are a standard #334 Buna-N. The tube is a common 4" PVC that Lowe's and Home Depot have in 2' DWV lengths in a rack for $5-6. The fittings are standard PCV.

You will need to drill/tap a 1/2" and 3/4" pipe thread in the caps.

I am looking for a less expensive material so I can make up about 10 pistons to have available. The 4" nylon or derlin stock is about $25 cost for each piston!

Here are a few pictures of the proto-type. I ran a 10# batch in ~ 5 minutes today as a test. It took longer to tie the sticks than to process them.

I will smoke this batch up tomorrow and post a couple of pictures of the finished products.
Port Charlotte, Florida

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  • ruskinredneckruskinredneck Posts: 1,121 Officer
    Impressive!
  • TriplecleanTripleclean Posts: 6,591 Officer
    Good job.
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  • RexLanRexLan Posts: 868 Officer
    In the smoker .... waiting!
    Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Bruce LBBruce LB Posts: 3,604 Captain
    Awesome
  • dolfanjoeydolfanjoey Posts: 1,173 Officer
    nice
  • wildbillwildbill Posts: 40 Greenhorn
    I am amazed at your ingenuity! What a great idea! Can I borrow that thing???????? :wink

    I would have no idea how to mimic that, even with the directions! :)
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  • ruskinredneckruskinredneck Posts: 1,121 Officer
    wildbill wrote: »
    I am amazed at your ingenuity! What a great idea! Can I borrow that thing???????? :wink

    I would have no idea how to mimic that, even with the directions! :)
    ^This.
  • RexLanRexLan Posts: 868 Officer
    Easy to make this .. lots of them on the market but the operative term for me was CHEAP! About $35 in material.

    When I get the pistons made up I can offer them on a first come basis for ~ $30 each (maybe have 8) . You can buy the remainder of the stiff at Lowe's or HD.

    They cam out real good. I tried a new cotto salami recipe ... not as good as my original. The Pepperoni came out real good and so did the snack sticks (#116 Leggs mix)
    Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,028 Moderator
    I may have a new hero!
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • TeamTekeTeamTeke Posts: 972 Officer
    RexLan wrote: »
    I am looking for a less expensive material so I can make up about 10 pistons to have available. The 4" nylon or derlin stock is about $25 cost for each piston!

    I have been playing with this idea also. Here are two thoughts if you have a lathe:
    1. use a 3" domed PVC cap and turn down its diameter slightly then cut the two "O" ring grooves.
    2. use thick scrape pieces of starboard for the disks. Find a starboard fabricator locally, they usually have a scrape bin that you can buy from.
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  • RexLanRexLan Posts: 868 Officer
    I found some good material that is also food safe and have made the pistons. Waiting for a new clear PVC pipe to fit a system together and run another batch.

    These are for the 4" stuffer and the pistons are 2" thick for a double O-ring setup.
    Port Charlotte, Florida
  • FS DavidFS David Posts: 297 Deckhand
    Very impressive. I'm going to put this up on the kitchen front page so everyone who comes to the page sees it.
  • RexLanRexLan Posts: 868 Officer
    Here is an updated parts list I have put up on my site for those into sausage.
    I have not completed the pistons but should have everything put together in a couple of weeks and know what my cost is on them.

    This is a hobby deal for me ... NOT a commercial enterprise.
    Water Stuffer
    Port Charlotte, Florida
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