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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. Weight: 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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Approx. how long does it take to dehydrate a full batch of beef jerky 1/4" thick X 1/2" wide?

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At 140 to 160 degrees the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, will take 7 -12 hours to dehydrate a full batch of jerky.
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I would say 6-8 hours with the heat at 160 depending on how dry you want it.
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Is the 160 Model either ETL or UL certified? I need to know if it meets the standards of either of these agencies

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item number IK-515819, is not ETL or UL certified.
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Can you stick the racks in the dishwasher?

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The racks in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, are not dishwasher safe.
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Where can replacement dryer racks be purchased?

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In regards to the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, you can contact our special order department to try and order replacement racks by calling 800-237-8888 ext. 121.
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In the original paperwork it shows that the part number for the racks is 28-0313
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Warranty?

I would like to know if this item has a manuf warranty or is it handled through Cabelas and how long is the warranty? Thanks in advance.
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Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, has a one year warranty through Cabela's.
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does the 80Lt come with silicone liners to make fruit leather with?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators do not include silicone liners but, they can be purchased separately.

Cabela's Commercial Dehydrator Fruit Roll Sheets http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabe...
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No it does not come with the liners or the mesh screens.
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No you will need to purchase and cut to fit this material remember to leave A square hole in the middle for better air flow
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No, you need to buy those separately.
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Where is the best place to have your dehydrator for maximum output:

I would like to know the best place to have your unit for its maximum potential. The garage does not stay at 70 deg. continually, is this a problem or should I just put it in the house?
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We use these and in the summer we put it out side in the winter we use it in the hunting room do not recomend garage could pickup some foul oders and permeate your food we use these commercialy for our all natural dog biscuit and have two of the big units they are great! but in the house you will get some condensation so keep that in mind if you have anything
in that room that you dont want exsposed to damp air
We use ours every week and run them at least 40 hours A week with no break downs in 4 years they are tough
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I have owned the 80 liter dehydrater for several years. I don't consider being an expert however my experience using this machine doesn't matter where I place it, garage, barn or house. I set the time, temp and let the dehydrater do the rest. Airflow is much better on this model than the 160 liter models from the peer reviews. Good luck, I hope you enjoy yours as I do with mine.

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You definitely want to be inside where it is warmer, it would take forever for this to get to temp outside.
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I don't think it matters where you put this unit (garage or in the house), because it maintains the temperature itself.

Some of the other reviewers mention putting theirs in the garage with no issues, because of the loudness. I put mine in the kitchen, because I have enough room.
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I need a new operation manual for the TS80. How can i get one?

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Call Cabela's customer service and ask them to mail or email you 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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I have mis-place my manual for this dehydrator can I download one?

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Call Cabela's customer service and ask them to mail or email you 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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does the 80Lt come with dryer screens?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item # IK-515819, comes with the racks as shown in the picture.
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They only come with racks but the screens are A great purchase we baught them and they work great have used them for 4 years no issues
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No, it comes with racks. I bought the dryer screens separately.
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Not Using All The Racks

What if I don't fill my 160L dehydrator by using all the racks each time? Is this okay, and if so, should I use the lower portion or the upper portion?
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I space my racks evenly throughout the entire dehydrator and have no problems.
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK:515819, does not have to be fully loaded in order for it to function properly. Simply space out your racks as evenly as possible.
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I have the 80L model, and only put in the racks I'm using. Everything turned out fine. I used 3 out of the 12 racks that came with the unit, and placed them in the middle slots for no particular reason. This unit has a lot of air flow, so I don't think it matters where you put the racks.
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How many pounds of jerky will the 80 Liter do?

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In regards to the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrator, item 515819, the 80 liter model has a capacity of approximately 12 pounds.
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I did a 5# roast marinated overnight. I cut the jerky strips using Cabela's grinder/cutter attachment and got beautiful consistant thickness results. I used ONLY 2 shelves w/jerky spaced 1/4-1/2" apart.
At that rate, you could do 30# of very lean meat.
I was impressed.
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When making 4 lbs. of ground beef jerky, I used 2.5 racks. There are 12 racks in the 80L model, so I think you'd be able to get in 19 lbs., but it would be a squeeze. Figure on 17.5 lbs. at a time.
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Can I put the racks in a smoker, or will that melt the coating?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819, the trays should not be used in a smoker due to the coating on them.
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Where is the fan/heating element located in the 160 model? Bottom or back?

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The fan and heating element for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item IK-515819, is located on the bottom.
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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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Do you actually have to cook meat to 160*F before dehydrating?

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We do recommend that all meat products be heated to at least 160 degrees before dehydrating. This makes the food safer and gives it a longer shelf life.
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The short answer is No.

The long answer is you should prepare the meat properly. Thin slices from 1/8 to maybe 3/4 of an inch thick for meat. Coat with seasoning, plain or marinate over night in your favorite sauce. Set the temp to 160 and set your time based on the moisture content of your batch. A full load of wet meat will take longer. My 160L fully loaded takes about 10hours.
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No you do not need to cook the meat first, I have now made 40 lbs in this and did not cook it. The jerky came out great.
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where can i get stainless steel trays?

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At this time, Cabela's does not carry stainless steel trays for the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item IK-515819.
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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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Where is this made?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, are made in China.
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who is the manufacturer of this unit?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, is a "Cabela's" branded product. Since this item is exclusive to Cabela's, the vendors have simply requested we not release their information, therefore Cabela's is considered the manufacturer.
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