Published on August 6th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Biltong box

Samla and Bygel

Description: Building a Biltong box with parts from Ikea is quite straight forward.

I had to buy Samla Box 57×39 with cover, some Bygel (10 items pack, just buy 4 or 5 packs). And 3,6m of knotted-link chain.

A fan from an old PC, an old power supply, some fly screen, some strip of wood (20x40mm), a broomstick, a handful of screws.

The Bygel have been sharpened on one side.

The wood has been cut to fit into the box and pre-drill: a center hole for the broomstick and 6 holes with 5 cm distance for the chain. The broomstick is cut to the fitting length and pre-drilled. Then everything is build together.

The hole for the fan has been drilled with a 6mm drill and finished with a cheap 80mm core drill. If you don’t have a core drill just drill a lot of holes on the outline of the 80mm hole and cut through the remaining parts. (Don’t try to cut the hole free hand…)

Attach the fly screen between box and fan. No glue needed.

The cover does not close the box beause it rests on the wood strips. This is good because it creates an outlet for the air (pressed in by the fan). If you use smaller wood strips you might need to add holes into the cover. I would suggest not to big holes otherwise they have to be secured with fly screen. And as far as I see gluing would not work with the box and cover material.

~ Holger Lembke

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12 Responses to Biltong box

  1. gezra10 says:

    i cant stand jerky biltong by far superior i spent 5 weeks in sth africa and im regularly making my own biltong and in process of finishing my 4 box off.

  2. Anonymous says:

    ha ha….n Boer maak n plan. Lekker man. Ek maak nou biltong n my garage vir die afgelope 6 maande.

    Gaan die naweek vir my n groter boks bou want vriende wil ook biltong he. Dis lekker om te maak en bet om te eet.

    For the beef jerky comment. Biltong is a much better tasting savory snack for breakfast lunch dinner….any time of day. Beef jerky has too much sugar in and is makes it taste sweet which defeats the object.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “‘n Boer maak ‘n plan”

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure there is a neccessary “quality” difference, but one might prefer the taste of one over the other. But jerky tastes mostly just like meat, and many people want that pure meaty flavour. Biltong is quite seasoned and cured with added vinegar, etc. For that matter, there are tons of kinds of jerky, some very spiced, some smoked, some quite plain. It’s pretty hard to compare given the variations.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Biltong is nothing like Beef Jerky :)

    (I’m biased as I’m South African but biltong is vastly superior in quality)

  6. Mahina says:

    Wow, that’s a great idea. I’m gonna try something linke this since I’m a huge fan of ikea and Biltong/Beef Jerky.

    But could you post a few more pictures? That way I could imagine the steps a little better…

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m compelled to point out the irony that Ikea has no stores in South Africa.
    But we do have plenty of biltong…
    I’d take an Ikea any day, though.

  8. Catherine G says:

    We always just make our Biltong in a food dehydrator turned on as low as possible.

  9. Ullrich says:

    Awesome! Would you supply your recipe too? :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is this the same as jerky?

  11. Daniel says:

    Didn’t know that anyone in North America knew what biltong was! I guess this proves me wrong!

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