Sous Vide Cooler Build

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    Kitchen boss 1100 watt immersion heater with circulator. I bought this because of the good feedback it had,the wattage,and the fact that it was ROUND...some are not...the next feature I looked for was removable clamp...again some are not.this is a model G310 20191231_150844.jpg
     
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    Here's the nitty gritty 20191231_150858.jpg
     
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    Ok so a Coleman 48qt cooler(these get crappier every year) gotta have one with a drain....some dont and dont forget to close it before filling......lol 20191231_143332.jpg
     
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    2-3/8 hole saw for THIS unit 20191231_151959.jpg
     
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    Here's my "other"temp probe...the red zip tie keeps the probe from falling in....if you get water in the back of it it's all over. 20191231_143347.jpg
     
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    Here's the heater with the guard off you can see the impeller and makes cleaning easy. 20191231_143559.jpg
     
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    Here's the clamp to hold it to a stock pot or container 20191231_143515.jpg
     
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    I'm using this right now for pastureizing hard cider I put a couple bricks in the bottom and a stainless grate on top of them.....at the left you can see a black line....that is my fill level. 20191231_143851.jpg
     
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    Can fit 16 sixteen ounce glass bottles in it 20191020_152933.jpg
     
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    Nice thread Skeeter. I know Chaz is getting interested in one. Correct me if I am wrong but didn't the initial post on these start on this thread?
     
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    The kitchen boss has worked flawlessly so far....its a little much to ask for it to heat 40qts or whatever is in there but I'm sure it would cause it's in an insulated container .I just preheat my water to 115-120 on my propane burner and dump it in the G310 brings it up to 149 shortly and maintains it to whatever I dial in. Obviously this is a little big for a handful of asparagus or a strip steak,but it would shine doing a whole ribeye or a loin or 18lb brisket.or maybe a smaller cooler for your needs.
     
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    Really cool project! We have two sous vide units and love them. We picked up a refurbished vac sealer and we’re off to the races.

    Most of our cooks are two hours or less, so a stock pot filled with water is fine. I’ve been debating doing a setup like this for longer cooks like ribs. Thanks for sharing!


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    Very interesting... My buddy swears by it for steaks. I know you grill the steaks for a short while after cooking, but
    I'm always curious just how much char you can get without overshooting the temp and having a steak a little too well done? I like a steak to have a good amount of crusty brown char on it and still be medium.

    If you do steaks sometime, I would like to hear about your opinion on how you like it.. Pics too?
     
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    i was asked for a qiuck build thread....didnt want to pollute BCB thread.
     
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    Maybe a minute a side? We’ve done steaks on the grill after sous vide. However, a hot cast iron pan really delivers. It’s going to smoke out the kitchen pretty good and you’ll get a really nice crust. We did our Christmas tenderloin last year that way.




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    You nailed it SKEETER McCLUSKEY :handshake::thumbs:

    Thanks for the walk thru! Great way to finish out some of the 2019 DIY threads, like TurboDiesel ‘s wagon thread, or timusp40 ’s stove install.

    Great job, and thank you for taking the time to share. :handshake:

    And of course - Happy New Year Skeeter!:salute:
     
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    :salute:you to buddy!!!
     
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