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  • richinlbrg
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1892
    • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
    • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

    Asking for foodsaver recommendations

    I know there was a thread on foodsavers some time ago, but I can't find it when I need it. ARGGHHHH

    We are looking to give a foodsaver as a gift. We are thinking of the foodsaver 4980.

    Thoughts/experiences/recommendations?

    The recipients tend to buy meats in bulk and like to freeze. I assume they'll be coking for leftovers, as well.

    TIA!
  • HorseDoctor
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2014
    • 1147
    • Central Iowa

    #2
    Stick with something fairly basic. Rarely need or use all the "bells & whistles". The more extra "stuff" you get the more there is to go wrong. I think I remember that some of the more "automatic" ones were a bit of a problem if you want to use something like the dry age steak bags.

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    • fzxdoc
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 5396
      • My toys:
        Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
        Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
        Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
        Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
        Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners


        Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
        SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
        SnS for 22" Kettle
        Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
        SS Rack for DnG
        Cast Iron Griddle
        Grill Grate for SnS
        Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
        Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
        2 Grill Grate Griddles
        Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

        Fireboard Gear:
        Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
        Additional control unit
        Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
        2 Driver Cables
        Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
        Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
        Thermoworks Gear:
        Thermapen MK5 (pink)
        Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
        Thermoworks MK5 orange
        Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
        Extra Big and Loud Timer
        Timestick Trio
        Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
        Maverick ET 733
        Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

        Grill Pinz
        Vortex (two of them)

        Two Joule Sous Vide devices
        VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

        Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
        Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

        Charcoal Companion TurboQue
        A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

        BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

        Shun Classic Series:
        8" Chef Knife
        6" Chef's Knife
        Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
        3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

      #3
      richinlbrg , I have a similar-looking model of Foodsaver (4860), and I love it. I store almost all of my freezer goods in it. My older Foodsaver died after over 10 years of frequent use. It was an entry-level one. I like this one much better.

      Kathryn

      P.S. Here is the topic about Foodsavers:

      https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...or-the-freezer
      Last edited by fzxdoc; November 21, 2015, 11:38 AM.

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      • richinlbrg
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        fzxdoc , is your Foodsaver (4860) a vacuum sealing system?

      • richinlbrg
        richinlbrg commented
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        Never mind, I found your model! Thank you, Kathryn!
    • Powersmoke_80
      Founding Member
      • Aug 2014
      • 885
      • Bay City, Michigan
      • Vintage Brinkmann Longhorn Offset Stick burner (newest addition)
        Weber 22 w/SnS
        Brinkmann Pellet Grill W/ Ortech TR-100
        Vermont Castings, gas
        Masterbuilt smoker, gas
        Future build, 80 gallon tank hybrid, pellet/stick burner
        iGrill black, dual probe thermometer
        Thermapen instant read
        Polder,Speed Read instant thermometer
        Favorite Beer, Yeungling Black&Tan

      #4
      @richinlbrg Sams club sale ends Nov.27th

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      • oldsteve
        Former Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 190
        • Citrus Heights, CA

        #5
        I bought the model 4980 at Costco when they first went on sale 10-29-15. It replaced a 10-11 year old foodsaver that finally gave up the ghost. I have had limited experience using the new one but one thing is apparent right away, it is much slower at vacuum sealing when using the automatic mode. I use the manual mode instead. One feature I use everyday is the retractable handheld sealer. It works great sealing the special zipper bags they make. Cheese, lunch meat, and other items you use all the time can be opened and resealed very quickly. I'm hoping this model lasts as long as some of my previous foodsavers. I believe this model from Costco has a 5-year warranty.

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        • oldsteve
          Former Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 190
          • Citrus Heights, CA

          #6
          The foodsavers from Costco and Sam's Club are the same machine. They change the model number depending on whose selling it. Both are on sale right now.

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          • richinlbrg
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 1892
            • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
            • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

            #7
            OK, a VERY belated thank you!

            We got the 4980, gifted it and it went over well.

            OK, we actually got two 4980s. #1 thought it looked and sounded like a good idea, so she got one for us, too. We've been so far behind, I just opened ours and used it for the first time today. Got a big tenderloin at Costco, cut it into individual steaks and bagged them in pairs.

            Thank you all for your help and guidance!!

            Looking forward to it getting a lot of use!

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            • DWCowles
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 9696
              • Smiths Grove, Ky
              • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

              #8
              Why thank you richinlbrg you are so nice

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            • Ninja Q
              Club Member
              • Feb 2016
              • 10
              • SoCal

              #9
              Thought I'd throw this into the discussion. I use a Cabelas brand vaccum sealer. I believe it's a commercial or heavy duty model, all stainless steel. It's a double piston pump and works great for us. I fish a lot. During tuna season, I go through at least 100' of 11" wide bag rolls. Bluefin, yellowfin, yellowtail, duck, quail, pheasent, dove, and grocery store buys all work great. I can keep fish about as close to fresh for a year no problem in the freezer. The best price I've found for bag material is through Cabelas. I use this:http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabel...aler+bag+rolls

              And the rolls work for foodsaver brand sealers just fine. About $15 for 50'. Best price I've found. When on sale, I pick up about 10 boxes for even cheaper. Just thought I'd throw this experience into the discussion...

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              • Willy
                Charter Member
                • Apr 2015
                • 1927
                • High Desert of the Great Southwest

                #10
                Zip Loc brand has come out with bags (rolls) for the vacuum sealers. I just used it for the first time today--so no pluses or minuses to report yet, aside from the fact they seem a bit sturdier than Food Saver brand and were a bit cheaper too.

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                • Dr ROK
                  Charter Member
                  • Dec 2014
                  • 1351
                  • Morrill, Nebraska
                  • Retired high school teacher and principal
                    Dr ROK - Rider of Kawasaki &/or rock and roll fan
                    Yoder 640 on Husker themed comp cart
                    Cookshack Smokette smoker
                    Antique refrigerator smoker
                    Weber 22 1/2" kettle w/ GrillGrates AND Slow and Sear
                    Rec Tec Mini Portable Tailgater w/ GrillGrates
                    Plenty of GrillGrates
                    Uuni wood pellet oven, first generation
                    Roccbox Pizza Oven
                    Meater Block
                    "Go Big Red" Thermopen instant read thermometer
                    Ultrafast instant read thermometer
                    CDN quick read thermometer
                    Maverick ET-732 thermometer
                    Maverick ET-735 thermometer
                    Tru-Temp wireless thermometer
                    Infrared thermometer (Mainly use for pizza on the Uuni and Roccbox)

                    Beverages - Is there really anything other than Guinness? Oh yeah, I forgot about tequila!

                  #11
                  Found these on amazon and they are 5 ply vs most that I find that are 3 ply.

                  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...r_1_31&sr=8-31

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                  • fzxdoc
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 5396
                    • My toys:
                      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
                      Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
                      Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
                      Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners


                      Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
                      SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
                      SnS for 22" Kettle
                      Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                      SS Rack for DnG
                      Cast Iron Griddle
                      Grill Grate for SnS
                      Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                      Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                      2 Grill Grate Griddles
                      Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                      Fireboard Gear:
                      Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                      Additional control unit
                      Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                      2 Driver Cables
                      Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                      Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                      Thermoworks Gear:
                      Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                      Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                      Thermoworks MK5 orange
                      Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                      Extra Big and Loud Timer
                      Timestick Trio
                      Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                      Maverick ET 733
                      Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                      Grill Pinz
                      Vortex (two of them)

                      Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                      VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

                      Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                      Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

                      Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                      A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                      BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                      Shun Classic Series:
                      8" Chef Knife
                      6" Chef's Knife
                      Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                      3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                    #12
                    I've been looking for bags other than the Foodsaver brand because my vacuum sealed smoked sausages leak fat to the outside when stored in the freezer for a month or more. I've never seen that before.

                    Maybe I'll give Willy 's or Dr ROK 's suggestions a try.

                    Kathryn

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                    • mgaretz
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 885
                      • San Ramon, CA
                      • Mark Garetz
                        Rec Tec pellet grill
                        Weber Genesis Gasser
                        Maverick ET-732 and Thermapen and others

                      #13
                      I finally bit the bullet and bought a chamber sealer. Wow! Once you get one of these there's no going back. Still have my foodsaver but haven't used it since the chamber sealer arrived. Here's the one I got: http://www.webstaurantstore.com/ary-...VMASVP112.html

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                      • Dr ROK
                        Dr ROK commented
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                        Jealous!
                    • fzxdoc
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 5396
                      • My toys:
                        Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                        Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
                        Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
                        Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
                        Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners


                        Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
                        SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
                        SnS for 22" Kettle
                        Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                        SS Rack for DnG
                        Cast Iron Griddle
                        Grill Grate for SnS
                        Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                        Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                        2 Grill Grate Griddles
                        Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                        Fireboard Gear:
                        Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                        Additional control unit
                        Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                        2 Driver Cables
                        Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                        Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                        Thermoworks Gear:
                        Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                        Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                        Thermoworks MK5 orange
                        Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                        Extra Big and Loud Timer
                        Timestick Trio
                        Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                        Maverick ET 733
                        Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                        Grill Pinz
                        Vortex (two of them)

                        Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                        VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

                        Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                        Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

                        Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                        A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                        BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                        Shun Classic Series:
                        8" Chef Knife
                        6" Chef's Knife
                        Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                        3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                      #14
                      Whoa baby, that's one heckuva sealer, mgaretz ! If I was a sous vide afficionado, I'd be down for something like that, though.

                      Kathryn

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                      • fzxdoc
                        fzxdoc commented
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                        Thanks for the additional info, mgaretz . I'm going to work or a rationalization. I don't sous vide, but longer, safer food storage is definitely right up my alley.

                      • mgaretz
                        mgaretz commented
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                        I also am having a lot of fun compressing fruits. It also works well for flash pickling. Cucumbers to pickles in 2 minutes!

                      • Dr ROK
                        Dr ROK commented
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                        Sealing liquids is one of the main reasons I'd like to have one like this. Maybe someday when my kids are not taxing my budget anymore
                    • jlazar
                      Charter Member
                      • Oct 2014
                      • 677
                      • Texas
                      • Backwoods Chubby G2
                        Weber 22" Master-Touch GBS Kettle
                        Blackstone 36 Griddle
                        SlowNSear (Original)
                        Fireboard Extreme
                        Maverick 732
                        Super-Fast Thermapen
                        Rapala 7 1/2
                        Bear Paws
                        Weber Rapidfire Chimney
                        Grill Beast 304 Injector
                        G&F Suede/Leather Gloves
                        Foodsaver V4880

                      #15
                      I have this model of Foodsaver and love it. Used it for pulled pork, pulled beef, brisket, ham, chicken, ribs, sausages, fatties, soups. Works well with all.

                      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

                      I like this brand for bags.

                      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

                      The quart bags or rolls are the ones we use 90% of the time. Pint bags are really too small. I wouldn't freeze that small of a portion. Would just use Ziploc instead. You need at least a roll of gallon size for large items but not used that often.

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