Grinder

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by dirtsailor2003, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The wife and I spent a fabulous weekend down at the beach. Never would know that it is January here. Two days of 65°-70° at the beach and going to be nearly 70° today at home. While we were on the beach playing around we talked a bit about how we grind our own meat and that in order to do more, we really need something better than the Kitchenaid meat grinder attachment. So if a new grinder showed up at the door steps I wouldn't be in to much trouble! I have been looking at LEM, and coastal brands. Both I can get locally, and both are comparably priced. My main question I guess is would the #8 be good enough or is the #12 a more logical choice?


    Haystack Rock Pacific City Oregon


    Dunes separating the Nestucca River from Ocean, Pacific City Oregon

    Beachy games and Libations!

     
  2. I guess the question is how much will you be grinding at one time? The beach looks great.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Beach looks great, new grinder do you do more then 5#s at a time? Getting ready for 20"s of snow here.YUK
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check the size of the throat to see how small you have to chunk the meat...   I guess if you are using a KA grinder, size doesn't matter much huh ???
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I could see myself doing anywhere from 5-20 pounds at a time. Once or two times a month maybe.

    Yeah I can cut the meat to whatever size needed that's not a big issue at all.

    I do want to make sure whatever I get can handle a large plate for course grinding.
     
  6. Is the #8 your looking at the aluminum or the stainless. If you are looking at the stainless I would go ahead and look at the #12 for the difference in price. Do you think you will ever want to add attachments?

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Leaning towards the stainless. I don't see myself adding any attachments, just various plate diameters.
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check the plate hole sizes...  I think the #8 doesn't have a plate with large holes...   you might have to go with the #12...    I use the largest plate on my #12 grinder a lot...    mixed in with the middle plate for sausage that has tooth texture when you take a bite...   I'm not one for fine textured sausage...  but that's me...

    http://www.sausagemaker.com/60840andnbsp12platefor8grinder.aspx
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2015
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking at the LEM site it appears you can get up to 1/2" for the eight. I would probably use that large. Definitely 3/8" for linguica.
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    YOU ARE COVERED as they say somewhere......
     
  11. Then it is just a matter of the extra money. Is it about 120ish differance?

    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  12. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go with the #12 but you'll have to bolt it down. I'm running a #10 which is the same size but it just clamps on. Good idea having different plates.

     
  13. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    You looking at an electric or manual grinder? Either way I would probably go with the #8 if you can get the plates you want. I bought a #5 and wish I had gone bigger.
     
  14. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hamburger plate


    Chili plate

     
  15. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  16. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    DS, I have the cabelas 3/4 hp grinder and man there is no stopping it. Love it I don't know what that would convert to the LEM thou. Good luck and hey by they way YOUR Nails look good Painted LOLOLOLOLOL HAAAAAAA ( I Know you will SAY they are the mrs but we all know better).

    Looks like good times at the beach, what a way to smooth her over before asking the question  [​IMG]   Let us know what you get. Nice beverages also. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS
     
  17. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That's a nice table setup. The #12 is $120 more than the #8. I don't know if that's worth the extra $ for something used a couple times a month. Only you can decide that. The other thing is those suckers are heavy. The #12 weighs 47lbs.
     
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You may laugh but my youngest boy went through a phase where he felt the need to paint all of our toenails...

    It appears that the LEM #12 is a .75 hp. The #8 is .35 hp. The Coastal brand appears to be the same. I'm surprised that Bend doesn't have a Cabelas yet.

    The weather was crazy nice down there! We found a great little motel too that we will be going to again. Next time we will be taking our kayaks so we can explore the Nestucca bay and estuary a bit. I'd also like to take a duel sport with me. First though I need to buy one!
     
  19. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No laughing,, my daughter did the same,,, Everyones nails,,,,,,felt damn sorry for our two weener dogs too. 

    Sounds like you had fun. - Nice  -  Yep weather here is crazy too. just wondering what we are in for next. 

    DS
     
  20. chewmeister

    chewmeister Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That model is a #12.
     

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