Homemade Electric Poultry Scalder

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by longyearfarm, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. longyearfarm

    longyearfarm New Egg

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    Hello everyone. This is my first post on your wonderful website. I wanted to share some info and pics of a scalder that we recently built to make our butchering process smoother. This is a fairly simple design that doesn't require nearly as much $$ as the nice commercial units.

    I started with a 23" round x 4' high stainless tank found on Craigslist. The hot water heater scalders aren't big enough to fit turkeys in, so I had to go bigger. The tank already had a handle with wheels(like a dolly) and a drain valve on the bottom.
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    The water is heated by 2 4500 watt heating elements mounted to the bottom of the tank.
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    The water temp is maintained by means of this ETC(electronic temp controller) and a contactor(to carry the load) which acts like a relay. The ETC will turn the elements off at 150F + - 1 degree.
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    The ETC has a temp probe that is mounted inside of a bulb well(like a dry well), which is attached to the tank wall
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    The box that has the electronics inside is weathertight. A simple switch on the side controls power to the unit
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    I have a stainless mesh screen that sits on the bottom of the tank a few inches above the elements. This protects the elements from any damage.
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    So that's pretty much it. The whole project ended up costing me about $450. I priced new ones at over $1000. What does everyone think? I'd like to hear from the experts on this forum. Thanks.

    Matt
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Pretty awesome set up, Matt!! [​IMG] I'm always amazed (and envious) of the ingenuity and skills of the folks on BYC.
     
  3. ange

    ange Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering what a good meat bird would be, just starting for meat birds, been raising egg hens
     
  4. Garzabrosfarm

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    Nice job It looks great. Have you tested it. How does it work.

    As for the other post for meat birds I like cornish cross.
     
  5. daleeper

    daleeper Out Of The Brooder

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    Good work. Any idea what that tank was made for originally?

    Is it powered by 120 or 220 volts?

    How does it perform?
     

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