I have made venison/pork sausage with the inlaws for about 10 years, and am looking to develop my own operation. So far, I have no grinder, no stuffer, and no smokehouse. Got a ways to go.....anyway, when I get up and running, I aim to make perhaps 50-100# of sausage annually.
As far as the grinder, I think I will pick up a #10 crank grinder if I can find a decent one. I am leery of the new chinese ones, and will try to pick up a used one.
For the stuffer, I am looking to make a water pressure stuffer sometime in the next year or so..not in any huge hurry just yet.
I saw kirby's and other designs, and they look like they would be fairly easy to build. I have no milling equipment, so the piston looks like something I would need to buy or figure an alternative. I did see the Dakotah stuffer piston being sold for $12, which may work good, if I could use it with commercial 3" or 4" PVC (not sure of diameter by looking at it).
As to the smoking, that may take a bunch more research. I found the wediny domove (spelling?) site, and much much info there. I may make a dry stack house with loose cinder blocks. I need to look into this a bit more.
Any thoughts on the water stuffer piston, or anything else would be much appreciated.
Thanks a bunch,