Has anyone built or have plans for water sausage stuffer?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by rexlan, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    Updated:  I have it built and operating now .. end of this thread ... pictures.

    I am tired of messing with the grinder attachment to stuff the sausage. I make only small amounts so never invested in a real one, but the grinder setup just ruins the texture of the meat.

    I have searched Google but can't come up with plans or a reasonable "how-to" so I can make my own? From what I've seen I would need a piston of sorts but I only have basic hand tools and a drill press.

    Anyone out there have anything to get me started? I only need a 5-10# unit max and want to run it on the water pressure from the sink.

    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    rexlan, morning and welcome to the forum.....   Glad you stopped in..... 

    There are many members willing to help and answer your questions....

    If you decide to go a different direction, other than build your stuffer, here is the stuffer I have..... It works well... I have no complaints....  Dave

  3. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    PM Nepas, he has a buddy that has plans and parts for making a water stuffer. It's a bit pricey so I went with the 5 lb vertical stuffer from Northern Tool. I used to use the grinder attachment and stuffing horns on my KitchenAid and it was ok when I was doing 15-20 lbs of stuffed sausage a year. I do about that amount every other month so I switched to a stand alone grinder and the stuffer.
  4. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the prompt replies!

    I would like to make my own and use the sink water pressure.  I'm guessing that a piston is needed and would require machining which would make the cost prohibitive.

    I will try to PM Nepas if I can find his information.

    Thanks again
  5. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    Kirby Campbell builds a great water stuffer. He's built them for quite a growing number of sausage-makers. Many on this forum (Nepas & others) as well.

    He'd be my 'go-to' guy about building an efficient & effective hydro-stuffer. He builds the whole thing or a few of the components—depending upon how much the client wants to do. Good guy. Contact:  [email protected]

    I've been using this 12lb Kirby cannon for a while. I'm now 'upgrading' it to a bigger (17lb) cannon & hope to add a foot-control switch to make it a hands-free operation.



  6. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cougar is spot on-Kirby is the guy that Nepas hooked me up with-I just couldn't remember his name (had a senior moment).
  7. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    That's an impressive looking unit and exactly what I had in mind ... just a little smaller.  I generally run 3-5# batches but make about 5 different things.  I will send him an email.

  8. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    What is the pipe diameter of this unit? Looks like maybe 3"Does it use a double O-ring or a single?Is it hard to load the raw sausage?
  9. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If you have all the tools to make one go for it.

    Yes there is a double O ring on the piston.

    I cant speak for Kirby if he sells the plans to anyone.

    Here is my stuffer with a 5 and 10 lb main tube and assortment of nozzles.




  10. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    That is an impressive looking setup.

    I emailed Kirby and got his information yesterday.
  11. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Does he sale these?
  12. couger78

    couger78 Smoking Fanatic

    yes he does.

    He'll build as much as or as little as you want. Cost is reflective of that. Some assembly required.

    I had him manufacture most of the critical pieces that required careful fitting and precise tolerances, and I picked up a number of the pieces (connections) myself & did the final assembly.

    In Nepa's photos above you can see the whole enchilada: the cannon, ram, plunger, range of stuffing tube sizes.

    You also will notice that Nepas' stuffer is the reverse (mirror-image) of mine. Since I'm a lefty, I asked Kirby to orient it so it was opposite of his conventional set-up. Since it all mounts to one platform, its easy to move & store, too.

    Some of the ones Kirby builds are HUGE. Makes my old 12-pounder look puny....[​IMG]


    Prior to painting the base with water-proof enamel:

  13. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    I will vouch for Kevin. Kirby makes a quality stuffer and it's very easy to use.

    I don't have pic's of mine assembled, but it is assembled and working. Great tool! [​IMG]
  14. jnorth

    jnorth Fire Starter

    First I've heard of Kirby, I have a Dakota Sausage Stuffer that I'm pretty happy with, although it is smaller (~9 lbs.) then those shown.


    It looks to me like the only part that would require any machining would be the groves for the O-rings on the piston.
  15. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Kirby is just a regular guy, not a company.
  16. steve k

    steve k Fire Starter

    I think the couple that makes the Dakota stuffer in North Dakota look pretty regular, too.  On the Dakota, the meat chamber is made of clear PVC and allows you to see how much meat is left. To mine,  I added a foot pedal made out of a medical type water control pedal.  They are readily available on the net.  I would highly recommend a pedal control on either stuffer discussed here, it really frees you hands and allows a much faster stuff.  Either one of these water stuffers is a big improvement over the crank style stainless steel piston stuffer or a grinder attachment. These water stuffers are basically smaller versions of the 100 lb hydraulic ones they use in grocery stores and other professional uses.  I have used all types of stuffers, and I really like my water hydraulic stuffer so much more.  I can stuff 50 lbs in about an hour, by myself, and my stuffer has a 10 lb capacity.  I do have to say that a 17 lb version sounds interesting. 
  17. steve k

    steve k Fire Starter

    OK, the "Dakota" stuffer is made in Idaho, not North Dakota, I stand corrected. That's what happens when we "ass u me"
  18. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    Great information.  I now think I want to make mine with a 3" pipe and not the 4".  It just seems too big for my needs even though I could just make it shorter.  The 3" one would easily hold 6-7# and that is really about all I want to do of one item at a time.  The bigger stuff like Salami does not really need to use the stuffer.
    Last edited: May 8, 2012
  19. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those Kirby units are a thing of beauty.[​IMG]Dakotah 4kg unit here $299 + $20 to ship OUCH. I think they are $150 ish in USA. Otherwise its Italian at $350 & up or chinese copies. Few deals on offer around me because its salami season on the horizon & the Italians will be getting ready breaking out the gear they have owned for years hoping it will go round for  just one more season only to find there arent parts for the machine that came here in 1955.[​IMG]
  20. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Always (TRY) To use a stuffer when making smoked and or dry cured sausages or salamis. Air pockets in the meat can cause spoilage and you wont know it until you get sick

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