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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Cover for the 80L

I have an 80L unit and need a cover. Is there cover available ?
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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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Unfortunately, we currently do not offer fitted covers for either model of these dehydrators.
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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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Are parts readily available for both these units?

Are the heating elements and other parts readily available?
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dont worry buddy these dryers are well built, plus cabelas has a 90 day warrenty and you could extend that for a year or two. if you do need parts there a click away..your hands will wear out befor your dryer
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Parts are readibly available for the heating elements and other parts. Call customer service for more information.
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How well does this unit dry jerky?

I bought the Cabelas's 1K-518667 dehydrator the one with the blue plastic trays and found it to be terrible at drying. The unit does not provide adequate venting to evacuate moisture. The key to dehydrating is air flow exchange more than heat, the 1K-518667 does a pathetic job of air exchange. I had to keep all the shelves open and drill holes in the unit to allow the moist air out. If a dehydrator does not vent the moisture quickly and efficiently the meat just sits in a hot constantly wet sauna. While I am extremely disappointed in the 1K-518667 I am looking forward to trying the 160 commercial dehydrator. I realize that having to rotate trays is a must for most dehydrators including the 160 commercial model....but how efficient is its air exchange. Does it evacuate the warm moist air with numerous air exchanges per hour?
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I am pretty sure its a constant air exchange. If you put your hand on the bottom vent you can feel ambient outside air pulling in and the vent at the top is warm moist air. I really like mine, it does an awesome job on jerky. The only problem with mine is getting it to keep the highest temp setting constant. If its set at 160 it usually runs a little cooler, 155 or so. But its in my basement where the air is already 10-15 degrees cooler to start with. also if your meat is refrigerator cold it takes quite a while to get up to temp. Both of these issues are very minimal and all in all its a really nice machine.
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The Cabela's Commercial Food uses a 5" diameter fan to circulate and remove air, while maintaining a heat sufficient to control the quality of the food being dehydrated. This unit has numerous customer reviews with average ratings of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Is the unit UL listed or NSF approved?

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The Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators are not rated or approved for commercial use by UL, NSF or CSA.
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It is UL protected and has a breaker on back that can be reset if needed.
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When do you heat your meat to reach 160 internal temperature? Do you slice it first? How long does it normally take?

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For the Cabela's Commercial Food Dehydrators (515819), heat the meat to an internal temperature of 160 degree F or the poultry to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in an oven to kill any bacteria that may be present. You will want to slice the meat before dehydrating. The time frame will depend on the thickness of the meat, the moisture present in the meat, and the present humidity.
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I actually know this one answer only from reading through the 100's of reviews on Cabella's before I bought....

BEST to Freeze/thaw the meat (chicken) and then SLICE while "frosty" crunchy so that knife slides easily and you can cut consistent slices

AND, I read - buy the jerky slicer Cabella reviewers recommend (hunters who have made jerky for decades) say they wish they had bought sooner - makes their life so much easier and consistent slices...

THEN regarding the heating MUST do to prevent salmonella etc bacteria growth from being harbored in the middle of the jerky (particularly if the dehydration isn't 100% and their in moisture left inside for the bacteria to grow)

SO WE COOKED on cookie sheets one day, stored in refrigerator in zip lock baggies; then, when we had time again for the task - loaded into dehydrator to complete the process.
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What is the shipping weight of this dehydrator?

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The CABELA'S COMMERCIAL FOOD DEHYDRATOR comes in two sizes, the 160L & 80L, here are the shipping weights for both sizes.

80L - 70 lbs.
160L - 112 lbs.
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70.00 lbs
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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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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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