This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

Sous Vide Container, Alternative to Coleman 48 Can stacker? Cambro Go Box?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Sous Vide Container, Alternative to Coleman 48 Can stacker? Cambro Go Box?

    I have a good container for my "day to day" sous vide needs but am looking to do some longer sous vide with bigger cuts of meat and for longer periods.

    If I was in the USA, I would just pick up a Coleman 48 Can Stacker and go that route as it seems to be very effective and fit for purpose.

    But I am in the UK and you cannot get the above unless you want to pay a fortune in shipping and import duty.

    I was thinking about using the Cambro "Go Box" as I can get them here in the UK and if I got an extra lid, I could use it both for the actual sous vide cook as well as for "holding" meat when needed.


    Any thoughts on the above? I would modify one of the top loaders lids so my Anova SV would slot in. And I like that they offer a variety of lids including a split "flip lid".

    They are not cheap but the cost is the same as the Coleman here in the UK. I would get something I could use for multiple use cases and with the ability to get a split lid and normal lid.

    My next question is whether to get something in a 35L, 46L or 53L...The Coleman is about 31L.
    Last edited by TexasDave; June 12, 2021, 04:24 AM.

    I don't SV so you can take my comment with a grain of salt. I wouldn't think the interior surface of the Go Box would be easy to clean or keep sanitary. I understand that the Go Box would not contact the food and only the bath water during SV.


      Originally posted by jerrybell View Post
      I don't SV so you can take my comment with a grain of salt. I wouldn't think the interior surface of the Go Box would be easy to clean or keep sanitary. I understand that the Go Box would not contact the food and only the bath water during SV.
      Can I ask why you think this? As you state, all it will come in contact with is warm water? Why would a normal cooler be better? Just curious on your thinking. Thanks!!


      • jerrybell
        jerrybell commented
        Editing a comment
        It seems like the surface would be more porous. Lots of pockets for liquid to hang out in for an extended period of time. I'm judging the porosity from styrofoam drinkware. From others responses it seems like similar containers are working well for them. Their comments come from actual usage and mine are from speculation only.

      I have the Anova double walled container. Some people poo pooed it before but it works quite well for long cooks. However, it has a limit on the size of the food being cooked. It seems like a larger Coleman, which is much cheaper, would work well since the lid is closed. All SV equipment states its largest volume of water it will control but I think a cooler will help keep the temp constant so that the SV machine will be able to handle larger volumes of water. There may be a limit because the heater may have to stay on longer or on all the time to maintain that temp. So you may be able to handle the volume, but shorten the life of the SV machine. Another option would be to get 2 machines to compensate for the volume.

      Also, I have hard water so I put some distilled white vinegar in the water so that scale will not build up on the heating element like it does in our hot water heater.
      Last edited by JimLinebarger; June 12, 2021, 10:46 AM.


        I just use a throwaway styrofoam box that I rescued from salvage. It's not watertight, so I put a cheap plastic bin with a lid inside. I cut a hole for the SV circulator in the cheap plastic lid, then put the styrofoam lid on top of everything. The styrofoam isn't very sturdy so I have to be careful but I've had it for about 3 years. When the styrofoam lid is on, the water in the plastic bin is still warm 16 hours after the cook is done, so it insulates pretty well.
        Last edited by RobertC; June 12, 2021, 02:30 PM.


          So, you'll be fine to use any water tight container with a lid as long as you can cut a hole for the circulator. That's all you really need. If you're thinking of using racks, etc to hold things in the water bath make sure they fit, of course.


            Get a plastic storage container of about the right size for what you're cooking. Toss the lid that comes with the container. Make a box and lid out of rigid foam insulation board and sticky tape from the home improvement store to wrap around your container. It's cheap, effective, and easy to make with nothing more than a sharp knife.


              I dunno if they have these Home Depot style buckets there, but they work well. I also use an emptied cleaned cat litter container. 40 lbs of cat liter holds a lotta water and meat.


                Not sure exactly what you are cooking but this one looks large enough to cook a full packer brisket. It is a little pricey though. I'm also assuming Amazon in Europe can get you this at the same price point and availability.




                No announcement yet.
                Rubs Promo


                These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

                These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

                Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

                A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

                Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

                3 burner gas grill

                The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

                Click here to read our†complete†review

                Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

                Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order

                GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared†Zone

                GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

                Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

                The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

                The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

                Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

                Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

                This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

                Click here to read our detailed review

                Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One

                The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order

                Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

                Green Mountain Grills Trek smoker

                Green Mountain’s portable Trek Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Trek from your smart phone or laptop.

                Click here to read our detailed review and to order