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  • fzxdoc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 5162
    • My toys:
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
      Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
      Weber Kettle Premium 22"
      Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
      Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
      Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
      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 Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
      Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
      Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
      2 Fireboard 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 Thermapen MK5 (pink)
      Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
      Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
      Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
      Thermoworks 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 8" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
      Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    Fed Up With FoodSaver Vacuum Sealers

    Up until August 2017 I had a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer that lasted well over 10 years. Then I vac sealed a bag of corn cut off the cob and drowned the innerworkings by mistake. So I ordered a 5860 FoodSaver that worked great. For 7 months. FoodSaver replaced it with another 5860 that worked great. For 9 months. FoodSaver replaced it with a 5460DTC that I liked even better (lighter and smaller footprint) which worked great. For 5 months.

    So in the last 20 months I've had 3 FoodSavers that couldn't last. I'm fed up. FoodSaver is sending me a full refund for my original purchase price. Yay.

    I have a ton of FoodSaver GameSaver Heavy Duty (4 mil) bags that I want to use up. I use a vacuum sealer maybe twice a month at most. So a chamber sealer is not a good choice, since the added equipment cost (over a non-chambered sealer) will never be made up in bag cost savings unless my kids inherit it.

    On another topic here, someone recommended the Weston Pro-1100 because of the wide (more like medical-grade) seal. I went to the Walton's Inc. website and decided to get the bit more pricey Weston Pro-2300 . It's supposed to be as close to commercial grade as it gets due to its heavy duty construction and suckability. Doesn't come with a roll holder/bag cutter feature though, which I'll have to purchase from another vendor for about $16. (The Weston Pro-1100 has a built in roll-holder/cutter.)

    So before I pull the trigger on this for $400 + $16 for the roll holder/cutter, tell me I'm doing the right thing. My refund from FoodSaver is $220 so the upgrade will end up costing me about $200.

    Kathryn
  • RichieB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2018
    • 1455
    • Western Mass

    #2
    Good to know, as I am awaiting an order from Kohls for a Foodsaver and sealer rolls. I hope it works out, but kohls is great for returns. Had a air fryer for about a year. The coating on the basket started to come off. Took it back. Full refund, and a great discount on a replacement. Hope that doesn't happen with this.

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    • Donw
      Club Member
      • Jul 2017
      • 3121

      #3
      I can’t say. but I do know I want you on my side negotiating with any company I ever want a refund from.🙂

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      • Jerod Broussard
        Moderator
        • Jun 2014
        • 9783
        • East Texas
        • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
          Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
          Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
          Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
          Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
          Weber Smokey Joe Gold
          Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
          Vortex
          Maverick ET-732 White
          Maverick ET-732 Copper
          2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
          Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
          Thermoworks Timestick
          Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
          B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
          B & B Pellets

        #4
        My FoodSaver is trying to bite the dust. Granted it has done, geeeeez, can't even figure up the bags of smoked sausage alone. But I feel there are better without going to a chamber.

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        • mountainsmoker
          Banned Former Member
          • Jun 2019
          • 1850
          • Bryson City, NC

          #5
          I rely on the SausageMaker.com for things. They are my go to. I get all of my curing salts and some specialty items from them. I just checked and they also carry the Weston line so it sounds like that is the one to get. Good luck you might want to check sausagemaker to compare prices. I know they ship free after a certain point.

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          • HouseHomey
            HouseHomey commented
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            Love TSM!! I get my stuff too!

          • fzxdoc
            fzxdoc commented
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            Gosh, who wouldn't love a site named TheSausageMaker.com! I'm off to look at their prices.

            Thanks!

            Kathryn

          • fzxdoc
            fzxdoc commented
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            They only had the Weston Pro 2100 which is priced $60 more than the Pro 2300 at Walton's. Thanks for the tip, though. That's a great site.

            Kathryn
        • jlazar
          Charter Member
          • Oct 2014
          • 648
          • San Antonio
          • 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

          #6
          My Foodsaver is still going strong after 3-4 years and use almost daily. Will be interested in following your impression of the Weston.

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          • Rfuilrez
            Club Member
            • Aug 2015
            • 171

            #7
            I own the Weston Pro 2300. Love it. Seal anywhere from 50-100 bags at a time two times or so every month. I like that it’s 15” wide. And the 6mm seal bar is amazing. I usually seal 2 6” wide bags at a time when making and selling bacon.

            I also use it for curing meat. I’ve gone to mostly dry cures, and will salt rub an entire pork belly or brisket, and cut a bag out of a 15” bulk roll. Vacuum seal the entire thing and into the fridge.

            Yours gonna love it. I Have had mine for right about a year and it’s going strong.

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            • fzxdoc
              fzxdoc commented
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              Thanks for your input, Rfuilrez . I read the reviews on Amazon. 70% 5 star, 10% 1 star out of 491 ratings. Hope I'm not in the 10%.

              Kathryn
          • Bkhuna
            Club Member
            • Apr 2019
            • 514
            • Merritt Island Florida

            #8
            I've been a long time user of the FoodSaver, but the last two have been pretty disappointing. I do lot's of sous vide and I buy meat in bulk and vacuum pack it. My current model is the v4440 and it will be the last. Not built well and the auto sealing function wastes to much of each roll. I purchased a few of their canisters and the never would hold a seal. The only accessory worth the cost are the Mason jar lid sealer and the old marinator dish.

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            • RonB
              Club Member
              • Apr 2016
              • 12831
              • Near Richmond VA
              • Weber Performer Deluxe
                SNS
                Pizza insert
                Rotisserie
                Smokenator 1000
                Cookshack Smokette Elite
                2 Thermapens
                Chefalarm
                Dot
                lots of probes.
                CyberQ

              #9
              Sop I guess that this is one time that you want your purchase to suck.

              Please let us know how you like it. My very old Foodsaver is starting to get very loud...

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              • texastweeter
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 2895
                • Republic of Texas

                #10
                My ziplock Vacbagger works great, and it's cheap. I use the offbrand bags in it.

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                • Polarbear777
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2016
                  • 1701

                  #11
                  Yeah I went chamber and have had only a few failed bags out of hundreds after three food savers (including the game saver). 700-800 seems steep but perfect every time I use it sometimes multiple times per day.

                  https://www.webstaurantstore.com/vac...86VMC10OP.html

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                  • LA Pork Butt
                    Charter Member
                    • Dec 2014
                    • 5418
                    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                    #12
                    I haven’t had any problems with the food saver per day, but their bags are absolutely the pits. Well before I get to the end of the roll they quit making the initial seal on the bags. No matter how I try to tighten the roll so it won’t continue to suck air it won’t. I don’t know why they seal the end of the roll.

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                    • fzxdoc
                      fzxdoc commented
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                      Plus FoodSaver bags are soooo expensive. I used to wait for sales and buy several boxes of Gamesaver Heavy Duty rolls, which is why I have a backlog of them. I googled vacuum bags and found that the Cabela brand and the Out of Air brand are good, 4 mil, and much cheaper.

                      Kathryn
                  • HouseHomey
                    Club Member
                    • May 2016
                    • 5309
                    • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
                    • Equipment
                      Primo Oval xl

                      Slow n Sear (two)
                      Drip n Griddle
                      22" Weber Kettle
                      26" Weber Kettle one touch
                      Blackstone 36” Pro Series
                      Sous vide machine
                      Kitchen Aid
                      Meat grinder
                      sausage stuffer
                      5 Crock Pots
                      Akootrimonts
                      Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
                      cast iron pans,
                      Dutch ovens
                      Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
                      The help and preferences
                      1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
                      KBB
                      FOGO
                      A 9 year old princess foster child
                      Patience and old patio furniture
                      "Baby Girl" The cat

                      Erik S.

                    #13
                    My FS its a no bueno any more. Jerod above “trying to bite the dust”

                    Yes sir!

                    thanks for the post on this and the Weston.

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                    • fzxdoc
                      Founding Member
                      • Jul 2014
                      • 5162
                      • My toys:
                        Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                        Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                        Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                        Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                        Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                        Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                        Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                        Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                        Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                        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 Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                        Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
                        Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                        2 Fireboard 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 Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                        Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                        Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                        Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                        Thermoworks 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 8" Chef's Knife
                        Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                        Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                        Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                      #14
                      After looking at some You Tube videos while my husband was looking hangdog at me waiting for supper, I'm also considering the VacMaster Pro 380. It is not as powerful as the Weston Pro-2300 (720 watts vs. 935 watts) but it has an on board bag roll/cutter and also has an accessory port, which interests me for the Mason Jar sealing option that Bkhuna turned me on to, especially for sealing spices. Same chubby 5mm seal, which I like a lot.

                      $$ is burning a hole in my pocket. Virtually, since FoodSaver has yet to fork over the refund.

                      Kathryn

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                      • fzxdoc
                        fzxdoc commented
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                        The reviews of these products are all mixed, EdF , and the experience of trying to return a defective-on-delivery Vacmaster 380 posted on the Webstrant site was a nightmare. Vacmaster wanted to replace the unit but Webstrant wanted Vacmaster to repair it. When the purchaser asked for a refund, Webstrant refused. Lots more drama ensued. Not a pleasant story.

                        Scared me off of ordering through Webstrant.

                        K.

                      • EdF
                        EdF commented
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                        Fair enough fzxdoc . I've bought through them several times without issues. But the problem is that I had no issues, so couldn't assess their customer service.

                      • mgaretz
                        mgaretz commented
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                        The chamber bags are cheap, it’s the quilted bags for clamshell sealers that are pricey.
                    • NapMaster
                      Club Member
                      • Jan 2019
                      • 589
                      • Denham Springs, LA
                      • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

                        Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

                      #15
                      I purchased an Avid Armor vacuum sealer. Stainless steel. It does not have a roll cutter. I like it just fine. I've only had it a few months.

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