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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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I been having trouble with the thermal fuse in my American Harvest/nesco/gardenmaster style dehydrator and wondered what others were using as I am thinking it is time for a replacement. I like this one but it seems to blow a fuse every third time I use it and I have had enough, it is a pain and I am looking at options. I would be interested to hear what others are using, and maybe how warm it gets, how long it takes to do a batch of jerky, etc.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 01:04 PM
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Excalibur for me and a couple of my friends. Been thru a few other brands.
Suggest spending the few extra bucks and getting one of the models with the timer.
Have had mine 6-7 years and still going strong.
They dry pretty evenly, but when drying things like spag sauce or fruit roll-ups will rotate the trays towards the end of the cycle to get things all done at the same time.
Keep all the trays in when drying even if they do not have food on them as it seems to make for more even drying.
https://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/
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LEM , makes a 10 tray that has a timer and temp control and its stainless. Field and Stream sells it for 245.00 and i believe that all processing equipment is 25% off .
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I am using an excalibur dehydrator. I bought it earlier this year and have only done two batches of jerky so far. Works as expected. I wanted a timer with mine but since I knew I would only be using couple times a year, I opted to get one without timer and then plug it into a timer in outlet.
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I bet your outlet timer is easier to use, wish I would have thought of that idea to save some $. Time gradient on excaliber is small and hard for me to read.
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Thanks guys, that stainless one looks good to me.

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I bet your outlet timer is easier to use, wish I would have thought of that idea to save some $. Time gradient on excaliber is small and hard for me to read.
I just have the timer with tabs you pull up or push down to set time. It is little pain to set time and then get timer set but since I only use couple times a year, I can overlook that. Especially with the cost between the two models.
Whatever model you choose, I would get the most trays it would hold.
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I just got the Cabelas 10 tray and it did a nice job making jerky
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This is the Lem i have. Works great!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-26-2017, 11:36 AM
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Just ordered a 10 tray stainless LEM at field and stream on sale for 187.00 and free shipping. I hope to eliminate doing these in the oven by purchasing this unit. LEM from all that i have heard is a good product.
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