Grinder Ok to Stuff With ?

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by panthur, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Hey everyone...I am pretty new to smoking, etc....I am considering getting the LEM #8 grinder and use it to stuff as well....or do you think I need a dedicated stuffer too ?

    I plan to make snack sticks monthly ( have a jerky cannon though too ) and 30 to 40 lb batches of sausage 2 to 3 times a year. Do you think the #8 grinder will suit my moderate stuffing needs as well ?

    Thanks in advance everyone.
  2. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It's a good starting point.  If you feel later on that you need to upgrade, you'll be in a good position to.  Given the quantities you plan on doing, you're really at the point of almost needing a dedicated stuffer, however, your frequency of use is not as high as some and perhaps wouldn't warrant the cost.  Tough decision.  Others will be along who really get into the stuffing side of the house (so to speak) and will be able to offer better suggestions than I.

    You have been over to the introduction forum and picked up on all the links to the many things this site has to offer, haven't you?  That's also a good spot to start as many of the "higher ups" lurk over there looking for ways to help newcomers get off on the right path to success.

    Welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay.

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I started with a grinder stuffer, but you will find that a dedicated stuffer is really the way to go.
  4. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The guys got you covered

  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF there Panthur. Now I would also say start with just the grinder but later you can buy the stuffer. Now if you know that you are going to make alot of sausage then I would go ahead and buy the stuffer.
  6. [​IMG]Panthur, and welcome to SMF.

    Glad to have ya aboard.

    I use my Grinder/Stuffer to do my snack stix and any sausage I make.

    It is a real chore when ya get over 5lbs to work with. But with help it can be done.

    Was hoping Santa would bring me a stuffer but don't look like that will be possible. Oh well.

    Maybe after christmas. lol

    Happy Smokin'

  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Once you start making your own will prolly make more than you imagine.

    I started with a KA grinder/stuffer and got tired of that drill quickly.

    Get the stuffer at the same time is my reccomendation.

    Or get a good quality grinder from Cabelas...look at this..

    Last edited: Dec 10, 2011
  8. All I have ever used up till now is a very old hand crank job converted with an electric motor from Princess Auto several years ago. Its kind of a hassle to set up but it grinds and stuffs ok I guess - never had anything to compare it to I suppose....I imagine the LEM #8 would be a massive improvement even for stuffing as well I would suspect ?

  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Panthur, morning.... Anything is possible.... I used a Kitchen Aid mixer when I started... Grinding and stuffing.... It was a PITA so much I quit stuffing after a few tries.... Then I joined this forum.... After reading and re reading the posts I bought a Grizzly 5 lb stuffer... WOW was making sausages easy, YES.... then I blew the gear case apart in the bride's KA mixer.... Fortunalely I found the parts to fix it... So... I had to buy a grinder 'cause I was 86'd from using her mixer for grinding... bought a Kitchener #12 from Northern Tool, $99, a # 8 would have been large enough but I didn't know the difference...

    At the amount you are planning to do, I would buy a 5-10# stuffer for making sausages and continue with the electric modified hand grinder for grinding only.... as long as you are happy with the quality of grind it produces.... Grinders are basically all the same, faster/slower, elec/hand crank... but when it comes to stuffing, a dedicated stuffer beats a grinder hands down...

    There are lots of variations of stuffers from jerky guns, water stuffers, stainless hand or electric motor operated, funnel and ram rod too....

    Check out the forum on "sausage"  and see all the variations and have fun....Dave
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    With the volume you are stating, you should definitely think about a dedicated stuffer if not a larger grinder as well.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. Ok here's a dumb question what way(s) is the stuffer superior using a grinder to stuff sausage or snacks ? My wife doesn't share the same sausage making interests as me so its a chore cause I get everything ready then she comes and helps with the casing tying and feeding out of the filled casing part of the program.
  12. It still obviously still  takes 2 people to make sausage with something like the LEM 15 lb vertical ? or no ?  If I could do it without my better half needing to help would be a huge selling point for me and maybe even 
  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's obvious you need a stuffer that has some sort of "drive" that can be turned off/on....

    Check out this thread by nepas.... plastic pipe with some machining and solenoid valves to control the water with a foot switch......

    Then there are electric stuffers that an electric footswitch can be installed on.....

    I need bride to help me stuff also... she cranks the handle.... she's my "on/off mechanical mechanism stuffer piston driver"   [​IMG][​IMG]
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I rarely disagree with Dave. Sort of?  But, I will do it this time.

    If you got your bride standing next to you and rubbing against each other?  How does it get any better than that?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  15. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  16. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     I looked at the same thing back when I bought my grinder, it depending on how much money you have to spend. I found that the Cabela’s grinder was the best buy for me; it has the ability to be use as a stuffer too.  One weekend I was able to use a stuffer while helping a friend of mine make sausage and after that I was hooked. I bought a Weston 11lb manual stuffer; I still use the grinder if I’m not doing more than 10 or 15lbs of sausage, but if I have more than that, I will use the stuffer.

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