How To Replace A Weston Pro-2300 Teflon Strip

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The Weston Pro-2300 is considered the workhorse of the vacuum sealer world, it keeps going and going with little to no maintenance. However, much like any machine you will need to do some upkeep to ensure the machine is functioning in tip top shape. Today we are going to show you how to replace the Teflon strip on the heating bar which will ensure that the machine doesn’t overheat.

Removing the old strip

The first step is to remove the worn out Teflon strip from the Weston Pro-2300. Slowly peel it off like an old piece of tape and place it off to the side in preparation for a new strip.

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Removal of old Teflon strip

Remove heating element

There is a heating element below the Teflon you just removed that needs to be taken off. To do this, it is recommended to use a small Popsicle stick sized spacer on each end. This will hold the spring from snapping back while you work on it. Place these on both ends of the vacuum sealer.

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Left side spacer
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Right side spacer

Unscrew the heating element

Now that your spacers are in place, you can begin to unscrew the heating element. There is one screw on either side holding it to the vacuum sealer. Once the screw is removed, set it aside somewhere safe where it won’t get lost. Now you can gently lift the heating element off the machine and set it aside for disposal.

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Unscrewing the right side of the heating element
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Lifting heating element off

What is under the heating element?

To ensure the machine doesn’t short out, there is an additional strip under the heating element as shown in the photo below.

Weston Pro-2300

Installing the new heating element

Now that you have the old element removed, grab your new heating element and lay it into place, lining up with the screw holes. Using a magnetic screw driver is going to make this job a lot easier, so we recommend picking one up. Do not tighten one side all the way until the opposite side is loosely screwed in. Once they are both in place, you can tighten them tightly.

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Screwing down the new heating element

Preparing for the new Teflon strip

Now that the new heating element is installed, it’s time to install our replacement Teflon strip on top. This Teflon strip is important because it will ensure the heating element doesn’t stick to the bag as it seals the plastic.

Before we lay the strip, we need to ensure the surface is clean. Grab some rubbing alcohol and a cloth and wipe the surface gently. Clean the heating element itself and the two white areas beside it. Once you have done that, use the other side of the cloth to dry it off.

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Cleaning with rubbing alcohol to ensure surface is clean for new Teflon strip

Installing the new Teflon strip

The Teflon tape will come with a yellow backing, peel it back approximately 2 inches.

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Peel the backing

Place the Teflon strip flush with the edge of the machine, lining it up with the corner. You will be lining up the Teflon with the front of the machine while laying the strip down.

Weston Pro-2300

Peel back a few more inches of the backing and pull tension as you lay it down. Continue to do this the whole way through (peel backing, apply tension, lay it down, repeat!)

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Laying down, inch by inch with tension
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Finished product installed correctly

I have a small gap, is that normal?

If done correctly, there will be a small gap as shown in the picture. This is completely normal and is used for cooling purposes.

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Ventilation gap being shown

Thanks for checking out our tutorial on how to replace the heating element in a Weston Pro-2300.

Article by MH

How To Oil An All American 225 Can Sealer

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An important step to take to ensure your can sealer is performing in an optimal manner is to keep it well oiled. For this tutorial, we will show you how to All American 225 Can Sealer and which oil to use with it. All can sealers sold from Wells Can will include some mineral oil, so you won’t have to purchase anything extra if you’ve acquired your machine from us.

Prepare your oil

The first step is to use the included tube of mineral oil we sent you, or acquire some food grade mineral oil to complete this tutorial. It’s quite common and can be acquired at any local hardware store or from Wells Can.

Complimentary tube of mineral oil

Where to oil the All American 225 Can Sealer?

There are nine important parts to place a drop of mineral oil on and when you buy an All American 225 from Wells Can, we will highlight those areas in red for you to reduce confusion.

Areas that need oil are highlighted in red

How much oil to use on the All American 225 Can Sealer?

For each spot that needs oil, you only need a small drop per spot. You can use a little bit more, but one drop is the recommended amount.

Applying mineral oil

Oiling your base plate

One place people sometimes forget to oil is the base plate you’re using on the canning machine. Apply a small amount of oil to the base plate as well. This will ensure the base plate can turn freely without any excess friction.

Oiling the All American 225 base plate

Thanks for reading our guide on how to oil an All American 225 canning machine.

This article was written by MH.

How to calibrate your Ives Way Manual Can Sealer

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Once in a while while using your Ives Way Can Sealer, you may need to adjust the seaming rollers to ensure proper a perfect seal on your tuna cans. In this tutorial you will learn how to calibrate your Ives Way Manual Can Sealer in a few simple steps.

Included instructions

As per the instructions on the calibration wires: “you will turn the crank until “1” appears in the window. Adjust first roller so that large gauge wire firs between rollers and chuck. After that is complete, you will then tighten the roller. “

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Instructions included with the Ives Way Can Sealer

Starting position

Turn the crank clockwise until the number one appears in the window on the can sealer. This will be the starting position for calibration.

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Turning crank to begin calibration

First seaming roller calibration

The first roller we will calibrate is the first seaming roller (located on the right side of the machine). Simply slide the thick calibration wire along the groove in the first seaming roller

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Wire being slid into seaming roller groove

Now turn the thumb screw until the calibration wire are held snug and then give the thumb screw another quarter turn. This will apply the correct amount of tension for the first seaming roller. Once that is complete, use a metal pin to tighten the first seaming roller back up.

 Ives Way Manual Can Sealer

Second step

As per the instructions: “Turn crank until “2” appears in window. Adjust second roller that small gauge wire fits between roller and chuck. Tighten roller”. Much like the previous step, crank the handle until you see the number 2 show up in the sealers window.

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Step 2
“2” displayed in the can sealer window

Repeat previous steps

Repeat the same steps as before but using the smaller wire gauge in this time around. The process is exactly the same for both seaming rollers, just different wire gauge sizes.

Thanks for reading our tutorial on how to calibrate an Ives Way Manual Can Sealer.

This article was written by MH.

Ives Way Can Sealer – Chuck Change Tutorial

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One of the most common questions we get about the Ives-Way Manual Can Sealer is how to change the chuck. Changing the chuck is essential to using various can sizes on the can sealer and by the end of this tutorial you will be confident in how to change the chuck on your Ives Way Can Sealer.

Open the crank and remove base plate

The first step to changing the chuck is lowering the base plate by using the hand crank. This will allow us to have proper space to remove the chuck and shaft. Once the base plate is lowered, remove it along with the shaft and place the two pieces off to the side.

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Lowering base plate
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Removing base plate and shaft

Move seaming rollers

The next is to move the seaming rollers out of the way so they don’t get damaged while we are changing the chuck on our Ives Way Manual Can Sealer. We are using a 3 inch metal pin to loosen the seaming rollers by inserting it into the hole and turning.

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Loosening the first seaming roller

Once that is down, rotate the thumb screw so the seaming roller is moving away from the chuck area.

Ives-Way Manual Can Sealer

Removing the chuck

The next step is to remove the old chuck in preparation for the replacement chuck you are installing. The chuck has two holes on it and you will then slide the metal pin into one of those holes.

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Inserting pin into chuck hole

Once you find the hole, hold the pin in place and begin to rotate counter clockwise on the crank. The pin will butt up against the canning machine and you will feel the crank lock up. Give the crank a little extra force and the chuck should now be loose enough that you can finish unscrewing it by hand.

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The final crank

Removing the chuck screw

Now that you have the chuck out of the can sealer, you need to remove the chuck screw. This screw will be pressure fitted in the chuck and you will need to use a blunt object such as a hammer to unseat it.

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Pressure fitted screw

Place the screw and chuck flat on the table and give it a gentle tap with a small hammer as shown below.

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Removing chuck screw

Installing the new chuck

Now that you have removed the old chuck and chuck screw you are now ready to install the new chuck in your Ives Way Can Sealer. Grab the new chuck you’d like to install and place the chuck screw inside of it.

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Installing chuck screw in new chuck

Once the chuck screw is in place, bring the new chuck to the can sealer and begin to hand tighten the chuck screw into place. Once it is snug in place, grab the metal pin you used to release the old chuck. Place pin in one of the holes on the new chuck and rotate the crank once again but in the reverse direction this time (clockwise). The crank will feel tight, but keep turning it even though you will feel friction.

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Hand tightening the chuck screw with new chuck in place
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Fully tightened chuck

Now that the new chuck is in place, you are ready to put your base plate and shaft back in place. Thanks for reading this tutorial on how to change the chuck on an Ives-Way Manual Can Sealer .

This article was written by MH.

How To calibrate An All American 225 Can Sealer

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Once in a while you may have to make a small adjustment to your All American 225 Can Sealer seaming rollers. This can be for a number of reasons such as being worn out, too tight or simply in the wrong place. In this tutorial, we will explain how calibrate your seaming rollers on the All American 225 Can Sealer.

Gather the required tools

For this tutorial, we are going to be using a crescent wrench and a screw driver to adjust our seaming rollers.

Begin Adjusting

Next, you want to use the crescent wrench of the nut and loosen it off. Once the nut is loose and can be twisted with your fingers, grab the screw driver to adjust the bolt.

Do not over tighten in either direction, this is very important! We recommend only moving the bolt a half turn in either direction. You will be adjusting the roller in or out depending on how tight the roller already is.

Once you have adjusted the roller to your requirements, lock the bolt back in place.

Adjusting the seaming roller with a screwdriver and crescent wrench

Repeat steps on opposite seaming roller

Now that you have adjusted the first roller, move to the other side and complete the same steps.

Adjusting the opposite seaming roller

How to test your calibration

Now that you have completed calibration, it’s time to measure what you’ve done. Every All American 225 that is purchased from Wells Can, comes with gauge to measure your cans to ensure the rollers aren’t too tight. The right side is to test the first seaming roller and the left side to test the second seaming roller.

All American 225 Gauge

For this demonstration, we used a can that has already been sealed so we will just be measuring the second seaming roller.Place it on the lip of the can and slide it around the circumference of the lid. If the gauge slides over the lip of the can then you will know that your seam is tight enough for sealing. If it’s not tight enough, the gauge will not slide over the can. To test both seaming rollers, let the first seaming roller do it’s job and then remove the can and measure the seam.

Measuring the left seaming roller on a sealed tuna can

Thanks for checking out our tutorial on how to calibrate the seaming rollers on an All American 225 Can Sealer.

This article was written by MH.

How to change the chuck on an All American 225 Can Sealer

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Today we are going to demonstrate how to change the chuck on an All American 225 Can Sealer, one of our most popular can sealers. This tutorial will show you a detailed guide on how to change the chuck and make adjustments for different can sizes. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be changing from a 3 oz can sized chuck to a 6 oz can sized chuck.

Remove the base plate and washers

The first step is to remove the base plate and all washers you have placed on the shaft of the 225 Can Sealer; by doing this you will have plenty of room to continue the task.

All American 225 Can Sealer base plate
Removing the base plate
All American 225 Shaft and Washers
Removing the washers and shaft

Move the adjusting rivets

The next step will be remove the adjusting rivets and place them on the furthest point of the sealer. For the All American 225, we will be moving the adjustment rivet to the number 3. Do this on both sides of the sealer so the seaming rollers are out of the way while you replace the chuck.

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Removing the rivet on the right seaming roller
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Placing rivet in the “3” hole

Once this step is complete, you should see both seaming rollers open wide and you are now ready to remove the chuck that is currently installed.

Remove the chuck

Now that you have the space to remove the chuck, place your thumb in the gap and begin to gently wiggle the chuck while pushing down. You should feel it slowly start to come out of the canning machine. Once you have the chuck removed, place it aside and grab the new chuck you want to install.

Removing an all american 225 chuck
Removing an All American 225 chuck

Installing the new chuck

We are now ready to install our 307 chuck which fits 6 oz tuna cans. The shaft has a flat edge on it which you will need to line up inside the machine when fitting the new chuck into place.

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The flat edge of the 307 chuck

Push the chuck into place gently until it won’t move anymore. At this point you will have to slowly rotate the chuck until the flat edge finds it’s groove inside the machine and fits in tightly.

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Rotating the chuck into place

Adjust seaming rollers for new chuck

Now that the new chuck is fitted, we need to adjust the seaming rollers for the new can size. As mentioned before, the new chuck we are using is for 6 oz tuna cans which matches up with the number 2 on the rivet holes next to the seaming rollers. We will be moving the rivet from 3 to 2 in this step, on both seaming rollers.

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Adjusting the rivets for the new can size

Re-installing the base plate and washers/shaft

The final step before you can start canning is to put the base plate and shaft back into place. Due to the change in can size, we had to remove two washers from our shaft to fit the new can size on our chuck. T

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Removing two washers for size

The correct amount of washers will fit the can snug while causing the bottom spring to compress slightly.

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Spring compression being demonstrated on the All American 225 can sealer

Once this is done, screw the base plate back on and you’re ready to start canning! Thanks for checking out our guide on how to change the chuck on an All American 225 can sealer.

This article was written by MH.

How To Seal Your Dried Herbs In A Tuna Can Quickly

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This tutorial will demonstrate how you can seal your cannabis or dried herbs in a tuna can within seconds. This machine is for people who will be sealing a large amount of dried herbs inside their tuna cans. You can get hundreds of cans sealed quite quickly with this amazing machine. In this tutorial we will be using an automatic tuna can sealer known as the All American 225 Can Sealer.

 All American 225 Can Sealer tutorial

Step 1: Place your dried herbs or cannabis inside the can and place the lid on top

The first step is to fill the empty tuna can with your dried herbs or marijuana and place the tuna can lid on top. Make sure the lid is lined up with the edge of the can to the best of your ability.

All American 225 Manual Can Sealer

Step 2: Turn the main power switch on

This machine has two switches to activate power: one is the main power and one activates the automation. For this step, we are turning the main power on.

All American 225 tutorial

Step 3: Place can on chuck and crank lever to lift in place

Now that your tuna can is filled, you can place the can and lid on the chuck and lift it into place. Much like other can sealers we have reviewed, ensure the fit is snug but not too tight. The spring under the chuck with compress slightly if done correctly.

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cannabis canning

Step 4: Activate start switch

As mentioned above, there is two power switches and now we will activate the second one to begin automation.

cannabis being canned

Step 5: Sit back and relax

Within seconds, your cannabis or dried herb will be tightly sealed inside of the can. This machine only takes seconds to complete the sealing from start to finish.

Thanks for reading this tutorial on how to seal your cannabis or dried herbs with an All American 225 Manual Can Sealer. If you’d like to purchase the cans or machine featured in this tutorial, head over to Wells Can.

This article was written by MH.

How To Can Beer Or Soda At Home

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Today we are going to learn a simple way to can your own beer or soda at home with an All American Manual Flywheel Can Sealer. With this manual can sealer you can use 12oz and 16oz sized cans to seal your liquid of choice. This canning machine is designed with simplicity and low maintenance in mind, the Home Beer Canning Sealer is known for its durability and dependability. Easy to configure, and light by comparison to heavier electric alternatives, this useful tool is portable and easy to setup anywhere. Preserve your brew using this trusted can sealer.

How to can beer and soda at home

Step 1: Fill empty can with liquid and place on the machines chuck

Once you have your can filled, loosely place the lid on top and line it up on the machines chuck. This is the first step to having delicious home canned beer that looks professionally packaged.

canning beer at home

Step 2: Turn crank and lift the can into place.

This will lift the can into position and fit it securely in the can sealer. Ensure there is tension, but not enough to crush the can. You will see the spring on the bottom compress with tension to ensure you don’t crush the can.

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Step 3: Crank wheel until can is sealed

Begin cranking the flywheel until the can is fully sealed. You will see both seaming rollers work one after another as the can becomes sealed.

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Crank, Crank, Crank!
All American Manual Flywheel Can Sealer for 12oz and 16oz Beer Cans

The can is now sealed!

Your can is now sealed and ready for consumption. This was completed with no electricity and only a few moments to have a professional looking can.

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Thanks for checking out this guide on how to can your beer at home. If you’d like to purchase the cans or machine shown in this video, head over to Wells Can.

How To Seal Dried Herbs In A Tuna Can

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Today we are going to show you an easy way to store your dried herbs or cannabis inside of a tuna can for long term storage. In this tutorial we are going to be using an Ives-Way Manual Can Sealer, model 900WC. Using a manual can sealer can increase the lifespan of your marijuana or dried herbs due to the can being airtight and completely water proof. Another benefit of using a manual can sealer is the cans are completely smell proof, so there is no chance of anyone knowing what is inside the can until it’s cracked open.

Cannabis in a tuna can tutorial

Step 1 : Ensure can sealers progress window is set to zero.

There will be a small window on the top of the can sealer which will indicate where the progress of the can sealer is. Ensure that it is set to zero, this is always going to be the starting position we use when canning with an Ives-Way Manual Can Sealer.

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Step 2 : Fill the can with dried herbs and place the lid on

Now it’s time to grab your favorite dried herb and fill the can. Loosely place the can lid on top and you’re ready to start sealing the herbs.

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Placing the lid on your filled tuna can

Step 3 : Place can on base plate and guide the can to match the chuck as you crank down

Simply line up the can and pull the crank down to ensure the can is fitted snugly in the can sealer. It should be snug, but not so tight that it does damage to the can. You will see the bottom spring compress under the pressure if done correctly.

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airtight cannabis storage

Crank the handle 20 revolutions

Now that the can is locked and loaded, it’s time to get it sealed. Crank the handle 10 times until you see a “1” appear in the progress window and then continue cranking another 10 revolutions.

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Step 4 : Lift the crank and enjoy !

Your dried herbs or cannabis is now tightly sealed inside of the tuna can in only a few moments from start to finish.

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PRO TIP : Use a plastic resealable lid after you have opened the can for long term use.

Tuna can resealable lid

Thanks for checking out this guide on how to seal cannabis and dried herbs inside of a tuna can. If you’d like to purchase the can sealer or cans featured in this article, head over to our store at Wells Can.

This article was written by MH.

12 Food Preservation Methods That You Can Do At Home [Infographic]

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12 Food Preservation Methods

Home Food Preservation Methods

When considering food preservation methods, what do you think of? Do the terms sodium benzoate, butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene come to mind?

Probably not – but chemical preservatives like these (and around 40 others) are extremely common in many of the foods that we eat every day. A scary thought, made scarier by the fact that the use of some of these additives can pose serious health risks to humans (including cancer formation).

Erring on the side of caution and ridding your life of these chemicals just makes sense. Besides, there are plenty of ways that you can preserve your own local, additive-free food right at home!

Do you want a pantry, freezer and cellar stocked with locally-sourced, additive-free food for your family? Knowledge of these 12 home food preservation methods is all you need to get started!


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