LEM Products Jerky Cannon
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
WOW this jerky cannon is really NICE I mean super NICE. for many years I've been using the Nesco jerky works jerky maker yes the red & white cheap piece of plastic thingy LOL. I've been wanting to replace that for years just never got around to doing it. I just happened to see this jerky cannon and thought I would try it out. well I'm kicking my self for not buying this years ago as soon as I opened the box and seen this thing my Nesco jerky works thingy went right in the GARBAGE. now for this jerky cannon this thing is SUPER nice heavy duty and works fantastic. this cannon is big and very well made and should last a life time. the barrel it self is just under 15" long & is solid Alum, the push rod is solid steal, the nozzles are solid seal, the handles are plastic coated steal as well. over all length from end to end is 22" long. it also comes with a brush to clean the barrel very nice. it also comes with two packs of backwoods jerky mix, looking forward to trying that out and comparing it to the Hi Mountain stuff I've been using. the only thing left to say is about this L.E.M jerky cannon is this is well made & solid and WELL worth the money. I would highly recommend buying this I'm VERY VERY happy with this product well done L.E.M. will also be buying the double jerky nozzle & the 6" round nozzle for stuffing casings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
Much better than the plastic one I owned before. I make Jerky from Ground beef for my booth at a local market. I produce on average 15 pounds a week. This gun makes it easier bye reducing the amount of refills. It is a little clumsy given it's large size. But not needing to refill so often, helps. Metal tube is a winner. Just be careful of air pockets. This builds up unwanted pressure. Thats how I shattered the plastic one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
Great product, very solid, should last a lifetime. First time I used it I found that it was easy to setup and use. Made my first batch of deer jerky using the ribbon attachment and was very pleased. If you are looking for a good jerky maker, look no further---highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2014
It would have got five stars from me if it wasn't because of the crude finish (5 stars for functionality and 3 stars for workmanship). This product is mostly made of metal which is good but the one that I got required some final touch. The product came with two nozzles. One of them had rough and sharp tip (and also the base) which cut into the casing (or could be my finger) if not careful. I had to sand them down (smooth it out) with fine sand paper and a 3000 grit sharpening stone. It worked perfectly after that. One more thing, the screw at both ends of the barrel are also rough. Although it does not interfere with the function of this product, it didn't sound right when I screwed the caps back on. Once again, the 1200 grit sand paper did the job.

It was not a lot of work for me to apply that final finish. I now have a very good equipment that I can use. I like other Lem's products that I had purchased. Some of them have been with me for many years with moderate use. However, It was the first time that I had to do some touch up on a brand new equipment.

Lastly, I don't know what kind of materials the nozzles are made of although I looked on the box and the document that accompanied the product. I could have missed something. But anyway just to be safe, I will take care of it just like I take care of my cast iron pans (clean, dry, and coat them immediately after each use).

Tips: I had some issue with loading the meat the first time I used it. But I figured out an inexpensive and quick way to load. I put my meat in a plastic bag (try not to mess up the open end of the bag) and then push the open end of the plastic bag through the barrel. The end of bag should be near the end of the barrel, I slowly squeezed the meat in the plastic bag into the barrel while slowly pulling out the bag.

Wishful thinking: I wish that Lem allows their nozzles to be used interchangeably by making them with same specifications so they can fit any of their equipment that a nozzle can be attached to. For example, I tried to use a 3/4" nozzle that came with my Lem's meat grinder and found that the diameter of the base is about 1/4" too large. It would have worked perfectly if it can fit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
This is a great product and creates a whole new world of Snack Making....As a Diabetic snacks are particularly important and the other round product on the market with all it's additives is no comparison to what you can do.....I ordered the stuffer from the company since it isn't available on Amazon and is a needed item....It should be part of the kit in my estimation or in the "Customer's also bought" area along with the other nozzles.....This is now one of my favorite toys......
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
I bought this to assist me in my first-time foray into jerky making. I can vouch for all the previous comments about the sturdiness, quality, ease, speed and effectiveness of this gun. My take is limited, though, as I have never used any other. I love the ability to make tasty meat snacks for a couple dollars a pound, instead of $20/pound or so for the chemical-laden store-bought varieties. My son and I have probably eaten 10 pounds of cureless, delicious jerky the last couple of months.
A few things I would add to the conversation:
1. The unit is supposed to hold 1.5 pounds of meat. I can only get about 1.3 pounds of airpocket-less meat in there. This is not a problem at all for me. Just an observation.
2. The plunger that's made into the trigger mechanism can be used w/o the trigger to speed things up. Just push the end and ram-rod the meat through.
3. It is hard to imagine a higher quality unit. However, the screw that serves as the trigger pivot is showing a sheen of surface corrosion already. This is not a huge deal. When it gets to the point I can't stand looking at it, I'll put a stainless screw there.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
This will likely be the last jerky gun you'll ever have to buy. After using a few of the cheap ones I decided I wasn't gonna waste another cent on crappy cooking stuff. I bought the Jerky Cannon and was really impressed. This thing is truly built like a tank! First, the body is heavy aluminum; you could probably drive over this with your car and not hurt it. In fact, almost every piece is either steel or aluminum, certainly all the parts that ares subjected to noticeable wear or stress are metal. In operation this is every bit as solid as any pro caulking gun I've ever used (my dad was a contractor for 40+ years, so I've used a lot of construction gear).

It's also very very easy to clean. LEM even includes a nylon brush for cleaning all the meat out of the cylinder. Just unscrew the end caps and you're good to go. It goes back together easily too, with no fuss.

The capacity of the Jerky Cannon is around 3 lbs, maybe a little bit more. You do have to sort of work the mixture into a round shape to get it into the tube efficiently. It takes a little practice but isn't too difficult. I've found it easier to work with smaller batches when filling the Cannon. Once filled it works very smoothly and will extrude enough meat mix to fill four trays of my L'Equip Dehydrator.

The only thing I could see some people dinging the LEM for is the fact that it only includes two different nozzles, one to make round sticks about the thickness of a Sharpie pen and one that makes flat strips about 1" wide. But what do you want, freakin' spirals? I mean, it's jerky not play dough!

Get the Jerky Cannon and you'll be set for the next 20 years!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2013
I purchased this primarily to make beef jerky sticks in my Excalibor Dehydrator using very lean ground beef. The first time I used this cannon I thought it was a real pain to load, However, once I got the hang of it and loaded the beef in small balls dropped in vertically it worked great! It comes apart making it a breeze to clean. Holds i'm guesing about 1.25lb. of meat as I do 5lb batches and probably load the cannon 3-4 times. This product is well built and kinda fun to use. It also came with a couple seasoning packets by Lem that are really good too. Strongly recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
Since I gave this to my husband for Christmas we have had homemade jerky every week. Our son's main request prior to returning to college was for Dad to make him more for the trip. This combined with the two at a time attachment are great.
The Plus of this - ease of cleaning, ease of use, accessories
the con of this - we eat the jerky to quickly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
Just used my gun for the first time today! It is solidly built....minimal plastic. Easy to use, just pull the trigger. To get the length of jerky I wanted, I had to pull the trigger twice...I'm guessing that is the length most people will want and the directions were not clear on that but I figured it pretty quick.

It comes with a long bristle to run down the barrel to clean the tube which didn't show up in the list of features so I was really happy about that. Loading the gun was pretty easy too. I didn't follow the directions....they said to roll short "logs" until full. I just dropped in small amounts of meat with the barrel standing on a plate. Packed it down with the plunger then pulled back plunger and screwed it on. I flipped it over slowly and put jerky strip attachement on and screwed it in place with the black round part that keeps it on (not sure what that is called!) and away I went.

I did 2.5 pounds of meat in about 10 minutes. I could get about 1.25 pounds in at a time. With practice, I will probably be able to fit more on each run.
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