kirby bucket mixer

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by ac45acp, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. ac45acp

    ac45acp Smoke Blower

    i just reread the original post plus followed the links to other forums. i was wondering if i could buy one ready to go somewhere.

    thanks

    tony
     
  2. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    I think that is a DIY project only, looks pretty straight forward but requires time than I have. I just purchased a 44lb mixer from cabelas that attaches to my 1hp grinder for $199 (on sale), they also have hand crank mixers for around that price. I know for a fact that I couldn't make a kirby mixer for less than that (my time is worth way more than that). I still gave it a pretty good consideration to make my own.....
     
  3. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Contact me via PM

    I know Kirby personally and can give you his contact info.

    BTW i have his mixer and water stuffer.
     
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would go with nepas on this one!

    That thing looks very interesting for small batches.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  5. how much meat can the bucket mixers handle? there is a 2 and 5 gal right? i just sent kirby my money order at the end of this week, gonna try a cannon out!!!
     
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How do you like the Cabela's mixer?  Is it useful with smaller batches, like 8-10 lbs?  I am now retired and hopefully going to do more sausage-making as $ become available, but like today I have about 9 lbs per batch of sausage to make and mixing is a challenge w/only 30% use of my left hand.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
  7. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    My bucket will do 10-12 pounds at a time. Since this is the average size of the loads I do, its a perfect fit for my needs. Great part is it takes less than a minute to have the whole batch well mixed, plus its a breeze to clean.

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    It does require a GOOD power source to mix. Don't try it with a wimpy cordless drill.

    Kevin

    a 1/2" hammer drill does the job for me.....

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  8. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto with Kevin

    Just use a corded drill cuz it killed my cordless with just doing 5 lbs. Guess i need to make a trip to get a drill.
     
  9. How can I get my hands on one of these bucket mixers??  I usually do 5 to 10 lbs batches of snack sticks or sausage.
     
  10. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No offense to Kirby and if I'm wrong for posting this, please let me know and I will remove it, but I have been thinking of buying one of theses..... This is a sheet rock mud mixer, you should be able to pick one at any Home Depot similar store cheap,using a corded drill........ mix away......SB

     
  11. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I dont think Kirby would be offended, he is a good guy.

    You going to get one of these mud mixers from the homepeepot?
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012
  12. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have been considering it, just to give it a try.....What's your thoughts ???
     
  13. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    couger what does your attatchment look like ? I love the simplicity of your design.
     
  14. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wonder if the meat would clump in and around the paddles? Like it does on a KA mixer paddle.
     
  15. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have one, got pics of all my parts somewhere i will find.
     
  16. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Mike, the initial version of the mixing blade/paddle looked like this. Made of hard plastic:


    It has since been replaced by a sharp metal blade, which really does an outstanding job with a full load.

    These are not my designs, by the way. Kirby Campbell is the designer/builder of these mixers & water stuffers.

    Kevin
     
  17. Kevin i would like to see more is their a web site or other pics. Of new mixer and watter stuffers?
     
     
  18. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here is the bucket mixer parts and operation.

    Going to show the smaller version of the meat mixer Kirby has developed. Sometime today i will be mixing 5 lbs for some teriyaki sticks.


    The parts.

    Metal rod that screws to the bottom of the base. This is for stability.
    Mixing blade
    Pipe that slides over the rod
    2 ptfe washers
    drill attachment that screws to the top of the plastic pipe. (Make sure your drill is in the forward drive)
    Bucket with lid.


    Metal support rod screwed into the base.


    Next slide the bucket down the rod. The bucket has 2 rubber grommets on the bottom to help support the rod and seal the bucket.
    NOTE the locking pins.


    Inside of bucket grommets.


    Now twist the SS pins into the locks. Align the black marks and twist until you feel a slight snap.



    Inspect the mixing blade to make sure the bottom is locked to the base of blade.




    Now screw the main tube into the blade as shown.


    Take the 2 ptfe washers and slide them down the metal rod. These keep the blade locking pins from digging into the bottom of the bucket.


    Slide the blade/tube assembly down the metal rod as shown. Rotate the blade/tube so the blade rotates freely. If you hear scratching or binding remove blade and make sure the blade pins at the bottom are locked Photo B & C.

    A. Blade assembly


    B


    C


    OK ya'll should be ready to mix .....Right


    Fill your bucket with your meat mix.


    Screw the drill drive attachment to the end of the main tube.


    Here is the bottom of the bucket with the locking ring.



    Mixing




    WOOO HOOO NO LEAKS


    This was the only liquid i found.on the bucket plate.


    Easy to get the mix out.



    That i know of Kirby does not have a web site. If y'all want to contact him send me a PM.

    Like Kevin said he has made some changes to the mixer. I used my cordless and it killed it. Use a corded 1/2" chuck drill.
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012
  19. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One thing i forgot to mention.

    Always keep mixing in the drill position. If you reverse your drill while mixing you will unlock the blade from the carrier and will have to take all the meat out and re lock the blade.
     
  20. dayfox

    dayfox Newbie

    Hey y'all! Planning to build this meat mixer, but can't find an drill adapter like that (Holland). What is its name?

    Thnx!
     

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