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    Combo Cambro Sous Cooker

    I recently purchased an Anova machine. The first few cooks I used a steel pot - most of the cooks were short, a few hours max.
    I am planning an doing a pretty large Tri Tip and got thinking about a different vessel. Well, as luck would have it, I kept some nice styrofoam shipping boxes from Omaha Steaks. I sometimes use them as cambro's after smoking.

    I thought, thick walls, tight cover, well insulated. Why Not ;-) Grabbed the smaller of the 2 boxes and started.

    I used the retaining ring on the Anova as a template and a serrated knife. Kept the cut out circle intact so I could still use the container as a false cambro. My wife had a great idea to use a non-toxic sealer to keep the styrofoam from shedding. A few coats and it works great.

    I did a quick test run. Make soft boiled eggs as per Kenji (3 min boil, 1 min ice bath, 45 mins @ 145F). Worked great! In fact, I turned the heat down after 45 mins to 130F to hold them. Worked too well, the temp barely lost 1 degree in 20 mins!!!

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    #2
    Nice!!

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      #3
      Perfect fit!

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        #4
        Sweeeeet!

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          #5
          While I haven't purchased any SV gear, thus far, I heartily enjoy th' ingenuity of yer sv/cambro!!!
          Well done, Sir!

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            #6
            Great idea and thank you for sharing the pictures. May I ask you what type of non-toxic sealer you used? I am definitely going to copy your idea.

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            • Thunder77
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              That is Mod Podge. It's a sealer artists use on their canvases.

            #7
            Have a similar box from joes of kc. Knew it would come in handt

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              #8
              I have a styrofoam box similar to yours and used it today to keep some pulled pork warm for our family reunion. I heated a gel heat pack in the microwave and put that in the bottom of the box with the beef on top in a plastic container. The meat was still hot when I took it out of the box, and the heat pack was still very warm 3 hours later.

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                #9
                I've got a 28 qt cooler that will get the same treatment one of these days ... just as soon as I figure out how to stop using it as ad hoc storage for all the bits and pieces I need for my PBC ...

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                • EdF
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                  Now that sounds like our place!

                #10
                I use an old Coleman cooler that happens to have cup holders on the lid, just the right size. Works great for bigger events/meats.

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                  #11
                  Brilliant...👍

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