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warlock:
Hi folks,

Looking for some feedback from those out there whom have used this system.

We dehydrate a lot and end up with things everywhere.  I'm looking at sealing items for storage in mason jars to keep things organized and looking neat.

I recall Jack discussing this a few years back in a podcast and it was recommended.  I had a hard time finding the website again over all the food saver stuff.
I've had mixed reviews with the food saver.. and would prefer a more reliable tool.

I looked at their website.  http://vacucanner.com

The pot itself looks cheap and flimsy from the pictures.  Which in and of itself isn't an issue as long as it does the job, but looking at the cost I see that the vacuum itself is 100$.  The pot and connections are much more.  Is this a good value for what you get?

r_w:
The pump is a good price, better than harbor freight unless you have a super coupon. Probably would buy this regardless.

The pots are pressure canners, BIG ones that aren't particularly cheap, plus a vacuum gauge, quick connect fitting, and a few plumbing bits.

If you can source a canner second hand, you can put it together cheaper if you know what you are doing.  Sourcing parts can be tricky and time consuming if you don't.

Stwood:
Hmmm. We've just come up with a new, unused foodsaver brand vacuum system.
Got everything except the 2 vacuum lids for regular and wide mouth jars, which are about 20 bux for both from amazon.
I'm wondering if it's worth the cost/effort to use this thing.

kckndrgn:
The pump looks exactly like my pump that I use in my woodworking.  Mine was a Christmas gift, but it was purchased on Amazon for around $80.00.  The pot looks like a presto brand pressure cooker that can be purchased many places for sub-$100.00.
http://www.amazon.com/Presto-01781-23-Quart-Pressure-Canner/dp/B0000BYCFU/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1454422918&sr=8-10&keywords=pressure+cooker
$90.00 for this pressure cooker that holds 7 qts.  They want 300.00 for theirs that's been modified with gauge, valve and hose.

The misc adapters and vacuum gauge would probably be less than $30.00.  Your local hardware store would have all the 1/4" NPT fittings and ball valve to connect everything together.

So, unless you have no ability to fab this up yourself, I think it's a bit over priced, but then you are paying for the parts and labor to assemble.

Here's an alternative, look at ebay for vacuum chambers (used for mold making).
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Gallon-Vacuum-Chamber-and-3-CFM-Single-Stage-Pump-to-Degassing-Silicone-/321778500697?hash=item4aeb7e4459:g:SLgAAOSw7hRWQjGs

These generally also have a clear lid/top so you can see what's happening with your seal (not too big of a deal for canning but for what I do I have to regulate the vacuum to avoid foaming.

I have a one gallon container that I use for saturating wood with a resin type hardener.

The foodsaver brand vacuums are OK, the most I've seen them pull is around 20 to 22 inches.  My vacuum pump will pull 26+ in of mercury (depending on weather and other factors), and I run it for hours at a time. 

The advantage to using the canning pot and vacuum pump over the foodsaver is the ability to vacuum can multiple jars at once, where as with the foodsaver you are limited to one at a time.

And just as a point of reference, foodsavers last no more than 2 yrs in my house. we use them so much we fry the pumps.

Stwood:
Good info.
So you have a vacuum bag setup for veneering, etc

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