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Available in an extra-spacious 160-liter model or a large 80-liter model, these dehydrators will tackle all your dehydrating needs in one shot. The 80-liter model has 12 (21-1⁄2" x 16") nonstick drying racks for a total of 28 sq. ft. of drying space, and puts out a full 1,600 watts of drying power. Its larger counterpart, the 160-liter model has 24 (21-1⁄2" x 16") racks for a total of 56 sq. ft. of drying space and produces 1,600 watts. 160-liter model features improved airflow diffuser for the largest drying jobs. Both have a fully insulated housing that maintains a maximum drying temperature of 160°F for a drying time of 12 hours. A built-in drain reservoir catches drippings, making cleanup quick and easy. And the glass-front doors and cabinet lights let you see your progress without having to open the unit and release the heat. With fully digital controls, these units let you set the exact temperature and time needed to reach your desired results. The thermostat maintains the temperature and shuts the unit off at the end of the set time cycle. 110 volt, 60Hz. Models: 80 Liter, 160 Liter. Exterior measurements: 80 liter – 21-1/8"H x 17-3/8"D x 23-1/2"W. 160 liter – 35"H x 17-3/8"D x 23-1/2"W. Wt: 80 liter – 67 lbs. 160 liter – 104 lbs. Color: Black. Item note: The manual may state that both the 80-liter and 160-liter dehydrators come with three notched racks — this is incorrect. The 160-liter model includes just one notched rack. The 80-liter models comes with three. This is a factory error in the manual. Only one notched rack is required for either size.
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I have a 80L Cabelas TS80 dehydrator...where would I be able to get a replacement heating element?

This dehydrator is approximately 10 years old...and by the way, has always worked very well.
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Please contact Cabela's directly at 800-237-4444 to obtain replacement parts for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819.
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I never have replaced the heater unit on this model, but 10 years of use to very good. I would buy the same size to use all the same racks and such.
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Do you have a biger dehydrator that the 160 black

We need more capacity is there other options or can you recomend something

we are producing jerk
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I use mine for making jerky for my fishing trips, about 90-120 lbs each year. You may need to go into a commercial size unit, depends on how much you make.
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I recommend the 80L. the 160l uses the same heating element and fan so the 80L is more efficient overall
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Non stick drying racks?

Are these rack made out of metal with a teflon coating?? Thanks!
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The racks in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators are not teflon coated, but have an alternative material that yields a black non-stick coating on the metal racks.
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The racks are great and very easy to clean. I use some nylon parts brushes with hot soapy bleach water. I use 5% bleach and this seams to work well. I use rubber sink pads to prevent damage to the coating also.
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I need to know if the trays are 100% stainless steel.

If not, can you tell me if they are plated and with what type of metal? Please be specific. I want to make things for my grandsons and their mom is very particular about the safety of foods. Thank you!
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The racks included wit the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item number IK-515819, are made of steel with a black non stick coating.
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They are A high temp nontoxic coating we use our two units for our all natural food store and they are awesome no breakdowns in 4 years with no wear on the racks you can buy the mesh non stick nontoxic screens these are great for strawberys and yams ours have been certified by the state heath dept. with no modifications they are truely commercial.
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What is the non stick material/coating made out of?

I would like to know if the non stick trays are a ceramic or teflon coated. Thanks much.
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The racks of the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, are coated with a non-stick synthetic coating that is neither ceramic nor teflon.
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They are A nontoxic resin plyable very awesome we use ours for our all natural dog biscuts and they work great no sticking we have used them for 4 years without having to replace them and we us our two units 40 hours A week 52 weeks A year in our business no breakdowns at all
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Warranty

Does this item come with any warranty?
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, will have a one year warranty through Cabela's.
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Yes, One year, (Limited)
Defects in workmanship and materials from date of purchase.
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I have mis-place my manual for this dehydrator can I download one?

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To acquire the Owner's Manual for a Cabela's product, please contact us directly via Phone, Email, or Live Chat and we can have it mailed, faxed, or emailed to you. At this time, there is not a way to download manuals from our website.
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Call Cabela's customer service and ask them to mail or email you one.
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Where can replacement dryer racks be purchased?

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We may be able to obtain replacement parts for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819, through a parts request. Please contact us at 1-800-237- 4444 to submit a parts request.
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In the original paperwork it shows that the part number for the racks is 28-0313
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How long should I heat chicken Breast?

I am going to make chicken jerky, how long and what thickness?
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At least 12 hours at a higher temperature.
Slice 1/8 or thinner
I wouldn't make it without cure (tenderquick, instacure, etc).
To be fully safe and protected from salmonella, the meat should be heated to 160 in the oven before dehydrating as the instructions say (I don't, but I also don't make that much chicken jerky)
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I did turkey breast the same as my Beef Jerky. I hand cut at probably about 4-5mm thick and put temperature at 155 degrees. Fullload of Beef takes about 4.5 hours. Turkey took less because It wasn't a full load.
Hope that helps!
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Trays have no lip on them to stop food?

I have been trying to dehydrate peas and corn but, every time I get all the vegetables on the tray they roll off the sides and in the middle because there's nothing there to stop them. I would like to permanently attach something to the trays to keep this from happening. Anyone have any idea's?
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Try attaching folded foil strips to the edges of the trays.
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I have been having the same problem and i'am putting some strips of plexi glass around the sides and around the center hole.
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Who Manufactures your food dehydrator IK-515819

would like to know who manufactures your food dehydrator IK-515819 if at all possible. Please send me your answer to my e-mail address.

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Thank you for asking, this item is made by a private vendor to Cabela's specifications and we are not able to release any vendor information.
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It doesn't say who manufactured it but I will tell you that the racks are EXACTLY the same as the one made by Weston...
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Can this unit also be used for drying out Fruits and vegetables

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, can be used to dehydrate fruits and vegetables. When drying fruits and vegetables, we recommend using the Cabela's Commercial Dehydrator Drying Screens, item # IK-516315.
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Yes... works great
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What Racks Are Included With 160L

Does the 160L come with all the racks I need for doing jerky, vegetables, and or fruits? I don't like to buy things and not have everything I need.
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Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item # IK-515819, can make jerky and dry fruit on the included racks. If you prefer a drying screen, the Cabela's Commercial Dehydrator Drying Screens, item # IK-516315, are sold separately per twelve.
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I would also buy the screens that are not included.
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why are my racks geting rust on them

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item # IK-515819, uses coated steel racks, they are not stainless steel.
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If you put them in a dish washer, that is the reason. I hand wash mine and have not had this problem. The owners book states that they are not dish washer proof. Also if you dried something that is high in acid, such as oranges, lemons ect.
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Question on precooking ground meat jerky in oven --

For jerky made from ground meat - how do you tell when it's heated to 160 degrees in the oven (can't really stick a meat thermometer in it)?
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You could use an "instant-read" stick thermometer.

You don't "heat to 160F" in the dehydrator. When you are dehydrating, you are essentially drying out the meat, not trying to raise the temperature of the meat.

You should pre-cook ground beef strips in a 325F oven until they reach an internal temperature of 160F (by placing the pre-shaped strips on baking sheets), then place in the dehydrator. After pre-cooking, mine took about 5.5 hours at 155F in the dehydrator to dry out.

Note: this day and age requires us to essentially use pre-cook or post-cooking to kill the harmful bacteria in foods. Google for more info.
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The curing product (salt, sodium nitrate and/or sodium nitrite) added to the ground meat is the preservative. The moisture is displaced from the meat so no pathogens survive. I've been eating ground beef and ground deer style jerky made in this unit for years. No troubles ever.
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Is this product manufactured in the USA?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, is made in China.
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No its made in China
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80L not holding Temperature

It took my dehydrator 12 minutes to reach 159 degrees then after getting to that and staying there for about a minute the temperature would drop down to about 151 degrees then go back up to 159 or 160 degrees then it drops back down to 151 degrees and it keeps repeating that. Is this normal or should it hold a consistent temperature i had it set on 160 degrees it is in my kitchen which is 70 degrees and i was just doing a test run with nothing in it.
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, maximum temperature setting is 160 degrees. Some variation in temperature is normal during operation. For maximum performance: do not use extension cords; operate the Dehydrator in area where the temperature is above 70 degrees (F); remove other appliances from the electrical circuit to which you connect the Dehydrator; make sure the door is fully closed with no gaps in the seal; connect the Dehydrator to an electrical circuit protected by a 20-Amp circuit breaker.
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That is the range of the thermostat. It will not hold a constant temp.
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I need a new operation manual for the TS80. How can i get one?

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The manual for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrator item number IK-515819 can be request through the product information department at Cabelas. To have one sent to you, call 800 237 8888 and ask for product information. The other option is to email us with your request.
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Call Cabela's customer service and ask them to mail or email you one.
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Energy Efficient?

Is the 80L dehydrator unit energy efficient? Im concerned with running the unit frequently and for long periods of time that will significantly increase our electricity bill.
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819, will draw approximately 10Amps/hour.
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I use mine for 15 lbs. of meat and it takes about 6.5-7 hours, it is like running hair dryer for that time frame. It is nice to eat something that you make for yourself, that is the reason for doing it. I have been making jerky for 30 years now and I like the ground beef style with jerky blaster and high mountain kit. It is easy and faster than muscle meat processing.
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I know very little about dehydrators, but so far this is the one i am leaning towards. Does it comes with stainless steel racks?

what is the warranty? besides the dehydrator itself, what are any other accessories that i will need?

If something does go wrong with it, where do i take it for repair? I am in Atlanta, GA.

Thank you
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The racks are very good and have Teflon coat on them, the jerky just slides off after done. Just be careful at cleaning time, I soak mine for 1 hour in hot, hot water with dish soap and food service cleaner with Libman dishes brush.
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The racks are metal with a very slippery non-stick coating. Nice to clean up but I don't know about long-term yet.
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