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Anova Sous Vide Circulator (Part 2)

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#31 Anna N

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 11:41 AM

Ouch !

I just logged on to Canada Post to see what it would cost to send my unit to my sister in the UK. (An exercise only - it wouldn't work over there.)

$83.27!

No taxes, no duties, no nothing but postage. It seems to me that Anova have little control over the cost of shipping and none whatsoever over customs and excise duties.
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Posted 18 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

My 220v version seems to be taking a short holiday in Chicago on its way to me - it's been there about three days now, so I hope the weather's nice.  I'm sure it passed through San Francisco after leaving Houston but there's no mention of that on the USPS tracking page now.  I may be delusional.

 

I'm not greatly bothered by the shipping (closer to $80 than $70).  The thing must weigh a reasonable amount and it's over 30cm long, so it's going to be a reasonable-sized package (particularly if they expect it to survive the trip).  The value should be below our threshold for Goods and Services Tax so I won't have to worry about that.


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#33 Jonathon

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:04 PM

Yes I'm happy enough with the shipping charge to Australia, especially given the very low cost of the unit, at least by Australian standards.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 06:16 AM

My 220v version seems to be taking a short holiday in Chicago on its way to me - it's been there about three days now, so I hope the weather's nice.  I'm sure it passed through San Francisco after leaving Houston but there's no mention of that on the USPS tracking page now.  I may be delusional.

 

 

Chicago had a huge storm on Sunday, so that could be the problem.  Although, I am in the burbs of Chicago and have seen stuff shipped from Chicago, sit in Chicago for 3 days as well....



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:31 PM

I did some rib steaks (prime, bone in) this past weekend... sous vide then finished with a butane torch.

 

Normally I use a 4.5 gallon polycarbonate bin, but I am experimenting with a larger container for an upcoming party.

So I used the Anova mounted in the corner of a 30 quart Coleman cooler.  I cut the top (there is no insulation in the top) so the lid fits around the Anova, and filled the gap with foam, makes for a nice fit... it worked perfectly.

 

I like the idea of having two sous vide setups for the party... perhaps one for eggs, and one for general reheating.

Decisions decisions... not which brand to buy, but which color!!!   Isn't it nice to have such first world problems???


Edited by alanz, 19 November 2013 - 02:35 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:43 PM

Red is best.  It always is.

 

re Colman Coolers:  im please to see the Anova will mount in the CC.  I have 4 but will get the Anova at some point to supplement the system i now have that's fine.

 

if you decide to do longer SV's with the cooler, it easy to insulate first with NON-expandable canned insulation with a variety of drilled holes in the empty top.  cure  then cut for the Anova.

 

did you ""   filled the gap with foam  "" after the cut?  what foam did you use?

 

very interested in this.  thanks.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:31 PM

I considered filling with foam before cutting, but I really didn't know what was (or wasn't) in the lid.

 

I had some "Great Stuff Insulating Foam Sealant for Gaps and Cracks" on my shelf.

It was fine that it expanded, I simply recut after the foam had set. 

I then put some Gorilla tape over the foam to act as a moisture barrier... not sure how well that will hold up over time, I will experiment with some other ways of sealing the foam.

 

I made photos of the finished setup, I'll try posting them soon.



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Posted 19 November 2013 - 05:50 PM

Here are a few photos I made yesterday.

 

The sides of the cooler stayed surprisingly cool throughout the cook (132F water, 82F outside wall of the cooler)

The top of the cooler was getting pretty warm (except near the cutout where I added foam). 

 

So I experimented with a sheet of Reflectix I had laying around... it didn't cover the entire surface area, but even this much made the lid much cooler, so I think it's yet another good use of this material (I will cut some to fit).

 

I didn't make a closeup of the cutout... I'll try to make that photo soon.

 

Hope this helps.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 06:57 PM

Nicely done

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:32 PM

Wow, I haven't seen that reflectix before, I was toying with the idea of hollow polypropylene spheres but they're way too expensive. Now I'm going to get some of this and cut it into diamonds or some other shape (I have my bags hanging in the top of the baths with the narrow side of the bag facing the jet from the anova). Looks like it's good up to 180F, which is pretty much the max I would need for vegetables which wouldn't stay long any way.

I wonder what shape would be best for covering the surface area 


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:11 PM

I thought of cutting up the Reflectix, but to be honest, two pieces would be all I would do. I don't see any particular reason for small pieces. It's very lightweight, floats, and easy to move out of the way or remove entirely to get at the items in the bath. Take off the lid, place it upside down on a counter, put the Reflectix into the lid. No drips.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:25 PM

Some decisions made easy. My wife said "I want a red one!"

#43 gfweb

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:00 PM

Black is more elegant and refined.

#44 alanz

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:48 PM

I agree, that's why my current unit is black.
Ideally I would like a black body with a red band as my second unit.
Then again, 10 years ago we were buying a MINI Cooper S. I was partial to dark silver with a black roof... she said "I like the red one with the white roof". An hour later, we drove the red one home. Worked out just fine... Making her happy is a fine thing.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:13 AM

what size cooler is that?

 

many thanks

 

like the Reflectix idea.


Edited by rotuts, 20 November 2013 - 06:16 AM.


#46 alanz

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:23 AM

It's a Coleman 30 quart cooler. Approximately $25

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:34 AM

how did you cut the top?  its a great idea to cut the top first then add the foam insulation .

 

I did mine the other way around for a different system  the SVMagic.

 

Ill have to retool my 4 coolers when I get the Anova

 

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:51 AM

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:10 AM

I have a similar setup with a 28 QT igloo cooler I got at Target for $15.  Works great. I'll see if I can post pictures later in the week.  Anyone can do it.  I cut my hole in the lid just using a box cutter (not as elegant as alanz, I'm sure-- but it works without looking like an eyesore).  Just mark out your dimensions and cut slowly.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:29 AM

I like the rack you use to keep the packets in place - where did you get that? It's one of the things I always liked about the SVS.



#51 alanz

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:38 AM

I got the rack at a local Container Store. It's plastic coated... The same stuff that wire shelving is made of.

http://www.container...&N=81261&Nao=80

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:42 AM

I sometimes use small wire cooling racks between packages stacked horizontally (and one resting on the container floor). Each rack has little feet that keeps the items separated by about 1/2", letting the water circulate easily around every pouch. Lots of fun playing with these configurations.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:19 AM

you may not need those wire racks.  Ive never used them. and the water circulated around sufficiently for me.  Ive been useing 'bubblers'  so YMMV

 

with the Anova I think it would be less of a problem.  once the bath + contents get to temp very little energy is added, especially if you use cover insulated coolers

 

this is for long preps.  for short preps,  ie salmon, it might matter.


Edited by rotuts, 20 November 2013 - 09:23 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 09:26 AM

I just like the idea of having unrestricted flow around the pouches. 

Although in the photo of the cooler, I show positioning the pouches vertically, I prefer stacking the pouches horizontally, with some space between each pouch.

There's less chance of a portion of a larger pouch sticking out of the water, and I can use less water if desired.   

Pretty much any configuration will work... just playing around with the options.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:07 AM

excellent points.  flashy color on that cooler, BTW.  mine generic blue.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:36 AM

Looks like mine has just arrived in Chicago...maybe there's some kind of water circulator get-together there!

 

Wonder what other places it will go:

 

TX -> IL -> ........ -> UK



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 01:49 PM

The bad news - as of yesterday, USPS said my Anova was still 'resting' in Chicago.

 

The good news - this was my desk when I arrived at work this morning:

 

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(USPS now at least believes it's arrived in New Zealand and has passed through Customs.  They haven't realised it's done all that, travelled from Auckland to Wellington and been delivered, but I won't hold it against them.  It's taken seven days to get to me from Anova, which is possibly a record for anything I've had from the US.)

 

That is a beautiful unit, very well packaged.  I unveiled it in front of a colleague who also has an interest in SV (he's probably going to inherit my rice cooker now) and the appreciative noises he made matched my own.

 

And my vote for World's Coolest Business Card goes to AnovaJeff - he included one in the package.

 

Now to get the circulator home and try a few things ...


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 02:13 PM

Soooo  'show us his card'

 

I dont have one yet, but Im very impressed on their follow up etc.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 02:14 PM

As an update to my Anova, which I have used pretty much daily for the last few weeks -- the temperature is holding strong -- within .1 of my thermapen -- so that is great news to me.  Actually it is usually dead on - I am really happy with this product overall.  Tonight I am about to unbag some 24 hour chuck roast (removed and cooled last night) -- there are 72 hour short ribs in there right now for friday  - and they will be joined by some 48 hour short ribs tonight for a side by side.  Overall, a fantastic piece of equipment and holds a temp much better than my Sous Vide Supreme -- not to knock that - so many good meals out of that guy it is absurd.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 02:54 PM

That orange/brown thing is not a business card.... it's a fold out flash drive that contains the user manual.  Once it's snapped shut, it's REALLY tricky to figure out how to open it to insert the tab into a usb slot.

I found a YouTube video that shows how to open this kind of card

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