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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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I have the 80L model and think the heating element may be going out. Where can I find replacement parts?

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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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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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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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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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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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Guide for drying herbs, time and temp

I am using my dehydrator for the first time drying basil. I have reset the time for the 4th time. 2 1/2 hrs, 2 1/2 hrs, 3 hrs @ 95 degrees and now 2 hrs @ 115 degrees. I only have 4 trays loaded in every other slot. Still not dried. Can someone advise time and temperatures you use. The booklet that came with the dehydrator focuses on jerky, and that is not what I purchased it for.
It is much nosier than I had expected it to be. Think I'll have to move it to the garage for the next load.
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We found that both basil and dill took a lot more time to dehydrate than any of the veggies and fruit we put in it. When doing basil our book recommended 90 degrees. But they still weren't dry after 24 hours so we bumped it up to 125 and they were done in about 8 more hours. Its difficult to use timers when dehydrating because a lot of factors can effect how quickly or slowly things dry. Factors that affect humidity such as the weather, swamp coolers or even canning while dehydrating can slow the process. Our daughter gave us a book that has been very helpful. It's called "The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook".
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Can the 80L aance?nd 160L dehydrate soups into a powder subst

I want to dehydrate everything from meat and fruit/veggies as well as soups and things for food storage. I'm shopping around and came across this dehydrator and want to know if there are interchangeable trays so that it will catch the soup?
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, do not have a special tray for dehydrating liquids like soup.
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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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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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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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Is this product made in the USA

Is this stainless steel at all
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, Item: IK-515819, is made in China. There are stainless steel components to this appliance.
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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 the fan in the unit metal or plastic?

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The fan in the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators. Item # IK-515819, is metal.
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I have the TS 80 and need to know where I can purchase replacement racks

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We may be able to obtain replacement racks 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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How much time it would take to dry a biomass material to 5-8% humidity level?

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The drying times on the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, will vary.
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What time it would be required by commercial food dehydrator of 160 ltrs capacity to dry a biomass of 90% humidity to 5-8% humidity level?

The Temperature through out the drying would be between 37-40'C.
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The drying time of the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators, item # IK-515819, will vary.
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RACK PLACEMENT????

The booklet says to place the notched racks on the top three slots, then the next page it says you can rotate the top racks to the bottom for more even drying. So that is a major contradiction, or are they saying to rotate starting below the top three?
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The notched racks are to allow air flow to the upper racks. You will want to start rotating the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators racks below the notched racks.
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Looking to do fruit leathers

What would you or do you use to make fruit roll ups and fruit leathers? I see they no longer offer the sheets for them. Would using parchment paper work with holes in the center? Thank you!
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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators can be used with parchment paper with holes cut in the center.
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Cover for the 80L

I have an 80L unit and need a cover. Is there cover available ?
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Unfortunately, we currently do not offer fitted covers for either model of these dehydrators.
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use a blanket..or just keep it clean..its built to look nice you should be able to show it off.knowing a jerky guy is a must. be that guy
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