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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 1,400 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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Why so much power for 80L?

This unit seems really solid and well made, but I can't bring myself to buy it when it uses 2x the power of the competition. Does it really use 10A? I can't find any video which has it attached to a kill-o-watt meter. The measurements on the excalibur are actually less than the 5A that one specs. I'd like to know people have measured on this one.
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the power seem about average
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The side of the box in the store for the 80L says 1400W very clearly. Maybe the specs have changed. I also feel like 1400W is still pretty high. On the other hand if you want to do meat, you need to keep the temp at 160 for an extended period so I also wonder how those 600W units from competitors can really do that.
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Chicken Jerky

How long should I leave it in and at what temp.?
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according to the book I have , 2lbs for 4 hrs at 155...flip strips (1/4 inch) after 2 or 3 hrs,,,,check after 4 hrs..if not done leave another 30 min...finish in oven for 10 min at 275
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This is completely dependent upon the foods and moisture content of what you are dehydrating. The more moisture the longer it will take, also dependent upon the temperatures set.
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CAN THEY WORK WITH 220V?

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No they are 110 volt.
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, can only operate on 110 volt electrical power. If 220 volt is the only option, it woud be necssary to use a voltage converter to convert the 220 volt, down to 110 volt.
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80L Dehydrators are 110/120 volts; 60 Hz; 1400 watts and must have a 20 amp protected circuit breaker. Thanks.
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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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can cabela;s 80 l dehydrator be used in europe? (different powergrid specfications)

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U S A is on a 60 Hz. Europe is on a 50 Hz. This simply means the clock timer will run slow. I would NOT advise to use this in Europe. Thanks.
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Is this product manufactured in the USA?

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No its made in China
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, is made in China.
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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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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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Temperature to 160

How long should it take to get the Temperature 160?
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Sometimes Mind dont even get to the 160..It is done at 155 degrees ! and that is not 160 which it is suppose to to kill bacteria...They are not hot enough element in them..they need a recall on them. They told me to put in my over until meat gets to 160 and then put back into dehydrator...!!! If I got to put in over...Ill leave in oven..can cook for 2 hours in over and jerky done.
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I also have the 80-liter and I'd say it takes less than 10 minutes for mine to reach 160 if the unit is "cold". Sometimes, I'll "pre-heat" the unit while running it for awhile (i.e., while loading jerky on the racks) and then it takes only a very short time to get back to 160.
It's important to run the unit in a climate controlled area so the temperature can remain static.
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I bought the 80L and wanted to find out if I could use parchment paper in place of buying the expensive sheets made for these?

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Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators Item # IK-51-5819 yes parchment paper would work
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Weston makes a roll of reusable screen for this machine.. the parchment paper is fine but you have to cut out the center holes... with the screen you don't
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Drying Fruit

What is the best way to dry fruit (Cherries apples )

I seen they have a plastic sheets they sell and another post said you could use parchment paper (Just make sure you cut the hole out in the middle. Using the plastic or paper is that just to help catch some of the juices? I have done jerky in the machine already with just the grates works good.

Also if I can use both what would be the benefit of using the plastic sheets compared to the parchment paper.

Any info would be helpful, thanks.
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In regards to the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, you can dry fruit right on the rack. Usually the plastic sheets are used when making the fruit into a thick liquid and it allows you to make fruit roll strips.
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I went to Amazon and bought the roll of screen made by Weston (who I suspect manufactured this dryer for Cabelas). It was a couple of dollars for a reusable roll..
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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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Where can replacement dryer racks be purchased?

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In the original paperwork it shows that the part number for the racks is 28-0313
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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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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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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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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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Different racks

I purchased the 80 L and it has 2 or 3 different style racks. Some have a notch out of the back and some have a whole in the center, some have neither. How do I arrange them correctly? Is there a specific order? Thanks in advance...
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The racks in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, can be placed in any order in the dehydrator. Rotation of the racks during the drying process helps prevent uneven drying. Avoid blocking the center hole in racks as this allows for better airflow during the process.
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I keep notched ones on top.
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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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Product description says new improved airflow diffuser for the 160L model. What does this mean?

Product description online: 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.
Is a diffuser a fan? How much of an upgrade is it in terms of power?
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrator, Item IK-515819, has an improved airflow diffuser that essentially distributes the air for more efficient and rapid dehydration. The unit does have a fan, but the diffuser simply re-directs the airflow for optimum drying.
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I currently own the 160L model and have been using it for 2 years. Does the new 160L model have a stronger fan to improve drying time?

I need to decrease my electric usage in producing "raw" vege chips. To be classified as "raw" I cannot have the temperature go above 120 degrees. Drying time is reduced with more airflow.
Instead of buying a new dehydrator, is it possible to switch out the fan for a stronger fan in the one I have?
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, is the same model Cabela's has been selling since the end of 2009. Cabela's does not carry, nor do we recommend replacing a fan, or any other parts with any but the original parts.
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How does this compare to the Excalibur? I have narrowed it down to these two.

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I haven't used the Excalibur but, like you I had it narrowed down to these two. I am glad that I went with this one because of the extra space and the digital temp and time settings. I also like that the door is hinged instead of the way the excalibur is.
There are nice features of both units but, for me this one seemed more solid.
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