Most Innnovative SousVideMagic Sous Vide Cooker Contest

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Calling all SousVideMagic users!

For the past two years, I have the privilege of working with hundred of users who have amazed me with the type of cookers they use with SousVideMagic. Among them: rice/slow cookers of all shapes and forms, deep fat fryers, turkey fryers, baine maries, steam tables, soup warmers, farm pond heaters, DIY cooking pots, ... etc all with the single objective of creating a constant temperature bath meeting the demanding sous vide cooking requirements.

These innovative creations need to be unraveled and not hidden in their own personal kitchens. We want to encourage them to show case their creations with a contest.

The contest is to find the "Most Innnovative SousVideMagic Sous Vide Cooker" setup anywhere.

We will have an international judging panel to pick the winner on April 1, 2010. The winner will be award with the latest SousVideMagic 18L FMM bubbler/heater Sous Vide Kit.

How: Just present your sous vide setup here in this portal in any formats that best suit your creation.

Good luck!
Frank Hsu
PS Here is the contest winner's price:



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FrankHsu889, Company Admin

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Posted 7 years ago

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Roger Chi

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Is it cheating if my most innovative Sous Vide Cooker is an FMM in cambro? :)
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FrankHsu889, Company Admin

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FMM is the price!
You need something like this:
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Pedro

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Hi Frank,
if someone plans to do a "Trojan Hog" like Heston Blumenthal (http://www.eatmedaily.com/2009/03/the... ), it is possible with a SVM and an FMM immersed in a bath tub. Well, a grown-up sow may not fit, but you can try it with a suckling pig. To vacuum-seal an entire suckling pig, use e.g. jumbo-size garbage bags and BagButton from http://www.bagbutton.com/main.html?sr... or Jumbo STACK & VAC (43" X 35") from or http://www.packmate.com/ .
I tested the FMM in the bath tub with 130L water. Heat loss was -0.117°C/min, and with full heating power, temperature rise was 0.111°C/min. My FMM is 220V/2000W; with a 110V/1500W FMM heating will be slower, but it should hold the temperature. Temperature uniformity in the bath was within ±0.5°C. During ramping up from 47°C to 55°C, my SVM 1500D got quite warm, but not really hot. Autotuning in the bathtub resulted in P=3 I=948 D=29.
Regards
Pedro
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Pedro
That's Awesome!
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Pedro

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Hi Frank,
having read the April-fool hoax in a medical journal, it reminded me of your "Most Innnovative SousVideMagic Sous Vide Cooker Contest".
Regards
Pedro
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FrankHsu889, Company Admin

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Due to lack of contestants, we will announce the winner until we have more
innovative sous vide entries.
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jan

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How do I submit and entry?
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Hi Jan
It is a free form submission within the space of this comment.
Pictures, description and advantages of your design will be helpful.
Good luck!
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Hi Frank,

Here is my sousvide machine built from scratch for under $100:
http://maisonmarcel.blogspot.com/2010...

PS - I've since put it into a larger tub (above was just for testing)

Best,

David
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Hi David,

I admire what you Seattle Food Geeks http://seattlefoodgeek.com/2010/02/di... have been tinkering.

I guess there are many people who would like to have a SV-rig for less than the price of a Sous Vide Supreme (450$) or a SousVideMagic/rice-cooker combo (293$ up to 484$), but they do not have the time or the ability to construct a complete DIY SV-rig.

My suggestion for the not so skillful: Buy a SousVide Magic 1500D (160$) plus a mantled 1000W immersion heater (35$) at http://www.amazon.com/Marshalltown-74... plus an aquarium air pump (11$) at http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Aquatic..., fix the silicon tubing of the aquarium bubbler and the sensor of the SousVideMagic to the stainless steel guard of the immersion heater, and use it with any pot you have at hand. And here you are for 206$ without any tinkering. If you do not intend to cook at temperatures above 60°C, you may replace the bubbler by an indoor fountain pump for 10$ at http://www.amazon.com/Create-Indoor-F....

Regards
Pedro
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Pedro

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Beer coolers are quite well insulated, I just tested mine (a 28L Campingaz active cooling box http://www.campingaz.com/p-23495-powe... ) with 23L water in it and heated by the FMM immersion heater, it loses 0.036°C/min which is equal to the 0.035°C/min of a 12L Tiger rice cooker http://freshmealssolutions.com/index....
So a 35$ immersion heater plus a beverage cooler (~50$) would replace a 389$ rice-cooker. Add a fountain pump for 10$, and you have an immersion circulator.
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The perfect solution is a bath with perfect insulation (no heat loss).
Next solution is a bath with a heater just enough to precisely compensate the heat loss.
But the world is not perfect. You would still need a controller like the SousVideMagic.
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Pedro

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Frank,
of course you need a PID-controller, and the smaller the heat loss of your bath is, the more you need a well-tuned PID-controller, and with near-zero heat loss, you even need a two-way PID-controller and active cooling. And if you are not as knowledgeable and skilled as some Seattle Food Geeks and do not have much spare time for macgyvering a PID-controller, SVM is the solution.
BTW auto-tuning my 1500D to the beer cooler resulted in P=4 I=1433 D=44 and achieves stability ±0.03°C.
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So, did this ever go anywhere? BTW, here's my own build:


which you can read about at The Baitlayer - A Circus Cook's Diary.

Summary
Chinese copy temperature controller with 1 deg. C accuracy
Chinese Slow Cooker Water Bath with ceramic double lid chamers suitable for soups. stocks and stews
Non-circulating bath that relies upon convection currents in the water to provide the neccessary heat distrbution
Small size suited to ad hoc usage for small family.
Very smal benchtop footprint
Easy to clean
Cables are a bit of a mongrel...

Total cost? Approx. $30-$50USD Only the controller components are new, the water bath is old and has been used more often in the last couple of months than over the past 5 years.

Cheers,