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    Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

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    Im thinking of getting an impulse sealer to pack my coffee. After roasting my beans i realized that i didnt order some one way valve bags and thus had to use aluminium foil packets (handmade) to keep the beans (pre weighed to 15g) reasonably fresh. It works but is a tad tedious.


    Does anyone here use an impulse sealer for keeping pre weighed pouches of coffee?


    1) Would i need to get bags with the impulse sealer or would any freezer bag or coles vegetable bag do? (heard some bags are not O2 proof despite being airtight - diffusion)
    2) Is a 20cm sealer enough for packing 15g packs of coffee?
    3) Has anyone heard of the brand PFS? Im looking at the 20cm model for $45 (inclusive of delivery and gst)


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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    I tried my vac sealer (an original Foodsaver from Tilia that weighs double what the current ones do and was made in Italy). I sent some fresh-roasted coffee to my brother that was sealed up so well that they bean became solid bricks. By the time he got it (about three days later) the beans had outgassed and the bags inflated to the point that he said that the box was ROUND and ready to burst open! That is why bags have one-way valves in them!

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    Quote Originally Posted by ezralimm link=1220114578/0#0 date=1220114578
    Does anyone here use an impulse sealer for keeping pre weighed pouches of coffee?
    Yep.... Theres been some discussion about them under the "Cupping" and "Home Roasting - Tips, Tricks etc" categories I think ezra.

    Quote Originally Posted by ezralimm link=1220114578/0#0 date=1220114578
    1) Would i need to get bags with the impulse sealer or would any freezer bag or coles vegetable bag do? (heard some bags are not O2 proof despite being airtight - diffusion)
    I, and most others I believe, use 1-Way Valve Bags for the reasons that Randy has mentioned above.

    Quote Originally Posted by ezralimm link=1220114578/0#0 date=1220114578
    2) Is a 20cm sealer enough for packing 15g packs of coffee?
    Yep, should be fine mate. 1-Way Valve Bags up to 500g will certainly be accommodated and maybe even the 1.0Kg bags too.

    Quote Originally Posted by ezralimm link=1220114578/0#0 date=1220114578
    3) Has anyone heard of the brand PFS? Im looking at the 20cm model for $45 (inclusive of delivery and gst)
    No, havent heard of this one. The one Ive got is called a "Longem FS-300" and Id reckon is made in China. Well made though, very heavy duty and will last me a lifetime. Cost me roughly $100.00 delivered including some spare Elements and Teflon Strips.

    The one you refer to might be ok, hard to say really but $45 delivered sounds a little cheap, so you might want to check it out before parting with the money.

    Hope that helps a bit mate.... :)

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    I went and bought one off evil bay for about $150, while it works reasonably well on bags less that 1kg, it would be better if the depth of the seal was more than 1-2mm.
    IT does the job though and if i do seal a 1kg bag then often i have to do it twice to ensure a full seal across the bag.

    Sealing units that generate a larger seal depth are much more expensive

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    I bought mine about a year ago on the bay.
    Cost around $70 and I probably overpaid a bit because I wanted it right away.
    It has a 2-3mm seal and can cope with up to 300mm wide bags.

    I only use the 250g bags at present, so it does the job splendidly for me.

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    Yeah I got one off the Bay a while back. Its a 300mm one, I paid about $45 from memory, it does the job fine.
    Ive found some other uses for it too - chip packets are the usual that get Impulse sealer treatment.

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?




    Here is a pic of the 20cm sealer im planning to order.

    Oh, and its $55 (inclusive gst/delivery) not $45


    Now im wondering if its worthwhile to get the 30cm sealer instead for $20 more ($75)

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    That sealer looks perfectly solid to me; I mean, its basically just two heating elements and a hinge!

    If I were you, Id look at spending a little more on getting a decent vacuum sealer that can also be used as an impulse sealer. Aside from coffee, you can use them for food storage. I have heaps of dry ingredients in my pantry and it would be really convenient to be able to re-seal them in their original packaging, rather than having to mess around finding containers. Also useful for sous vide cooking, which is basically idiot-proof and gives great results.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    As Luca says, that unit looks pretty solid and would probably be ok. Need to make sure you can get spares for it though...

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    Id go the extra and get the 30cm one because spares are readily available.

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    Re: Any tips for buying an impulse sealer?

    I got a spare element and teflon strip with mine. Theyre cheap, so if it dies, I wont be crying.

    The whole vacuum thing would be cool though.



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