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JC in GB

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Jerky drier - DIY
« on: June 23, 2022, 12:16:22 PM »

Good day all.  I wanted to put together a DIY jerky drier for my 3.5D. I had some parts laying around so I hacked this gem together.

I mounted a DC power supply and a PWM controller on top of a blower fan.  The fan sits atop a soup can that will sit over the exhaust port.  I will be drilling the proper size hole in the bottom of the can to fit the smoker exhaust port.

I am going to use JB Weld or perhaps just silicon RTV to secure the fan to the soup can and use magnets to hold it down over the smoker exhaust hole.

I got the incorrect fan for PWM use so I added a diode and capacitor to make it work.  Not great speed control now but it will be sufficient.  Replacing the fan with one that will accept PWM control will be a future update.

JC  :)

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Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system

old sarge

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 01:04:06 PM »
That certainly looks like it will move some serious air.
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JC in GB

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2022, 01:49:55 PM »
It will.  It is a centrifugal blower so it should create a good vacuum.

I added the PWM to tailor the airflow.  I would probably turn it lower as the jerky gets drier.

JC  :)
« Last Edit: June 24, 2022, 08:20:10 AM by JC in GB »
Cooking/Processing Equipment:
Stump's Baby Charcoal Smoker
Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2022, 02:46:31 PM »
The 120v axial fan I used doesn't have speed control but it is AC and plugs directly into an outlet so no adapter required.  And the speed/CFM works great for me.
Dave
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1400 Smokin Tex (same size as #2) for Snowbird time.
Smokin-It #1 for camping trips.
Big Chief with mailbox mod for cheese smoking
Blackstone 22in griddle with Bakerstone pizza oven
Spokane, WA

JC in GB

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2022, 03:10:21 PM »

Do you know what the CFM of the fan is?  Also, I have better access to DC fans so I prefer to use them.  AC fans are quite handy though.

JC  :)
Cooking/Processing Equipment:
Stump's Baby Charcoal Smoker
Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system

old sarge

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2022, 03:23:01 PM »
That certainly looks like it will move some serious air.
David from Arizona
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SI 3D & Big Red Controller
CS 066
Lodge Sportsman Grill
Weber Kettle
Ducane Meridian 42 inch Grill
LEM MaxVac 1088A
LEM Big Bite #8 Grinder
Chef's Choice 665 and Rival Slicers
Old Hickory Knives
InstantPot Duo80 Plus

JC in GB

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2022, 08:21:52 AM »

Well, first attempt was a failure as magnets don't stick to non-ferrous metal. DOH!
 ??? ::) ;D
Seeing as magnetism has failed me, I will be going to try and use gravity to do the hard work.

I am going to make a sacrificial mold and fill the can with mortar. That should provide sufficient mass to hold the can in place.

JC
Cooking/Processing Equipment:
Stump's Baby Charcoal Smoker
Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2022, 12:39:20 PM »
The AC Infinity fan I use is 23 cfm, 2000 rpm. And it is very stable using the PVC cap as seen in my post.
Dave
Smokin-It #3 main smoker.
1400 Smokin Tex (same size as #2) for Snowbird time.
Smokin-It #1 for camping trips.
Big Chief with mailbox mod for cheese smoking
Blackstone 22in griddle with Bakerstone pizza oven
Spokane, WA

JC in GB

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2022, 02:43:05 PM »

Forgive my clumsiness on this site I am a bit new.  I could not find the picture of your set up.  :-[

Can you help me out?

JC
Cooking/Processing Equipment:
Stump's Baby Charcoal Smoker
Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system

Lonzinomaker

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2022, 05:11:31 PM »
Here are 2 pictures.  The second one shows the slot I cut in the base for thermometer cords.
Dave
Smokin-It #3 main smoker.
1400 Smokin Tex (same size as #2) for Snowbird time.
Smokin-It #1 for camping trips.
Big Chief with mailbox mod for cheese smoking
Blackstone 22in griddle with Bakerstone pizza oven
Spokane, WA

JC in GB

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2022, 11:24:05 AM »

Gave me drier a try last weekend.  It worked quite well.

I don't think I needed the speed controller on the fan.

Cooking/Processing Equipment:
Stump's Baby Charcoal Smoker
Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2022, 12:48:19 PM »
Congrats!
David from Arizona
US Army 70 - 95
SI 3D & Big Red Controller
CS 066
Lodge Sportsman Grill
Weber Kettle
Ducane Meridian 42 inch Grill
LEM MaxVac 1088A
LEM Big Bite #8 Grinder
Chef's Choice 665 and Rival Slicers
Old Hickory Knives
InstantPot Duo80 Plus

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2022, 08:18:09 PM »
Excellent! Looks great!

As for the sturdiness, I also used heavy PVC as my base for my fan, just like what Lonzino has shown.
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JC in GB

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Re: Jerky drier - DIY
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2022, 08:32:55 AM »

I didn't have any proper PVC on hand so I went with my next best option.  A Mason jar lid.

It worked surprisingly well.  I was amazed to see how much steam blew out of the cooker when I first energized the fan.

JC
Cooking/Processing Equipment:
Stump's Baby Charcoal Smoker
Smokin-It 3.5D Electric Smoker
Wood fired stone oven (Rado Hand Design)
Sausage Curing Chamber (Designed and built by me)
LEM #12 Grinder, Stuffer, Mixer
Globe G12 Slicer
PID Controllers for various uses
Future: DIY Sous Vide system