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Maceration question

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by west tn, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. west tn

    west tn New Member

    Thoughts on a chest type freezer and setting buckets in them with the heads in those to cut down on the smell. Does it need to have a vent in those or not and would anheater help along with heater in buckets? Am I overthinking it?
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Possibly not. Are you going to be doing antlered heads? If so, they will sometimes get moldy but that should wipe right off. A vent will let in insects when they are about. If you have a large enough enclosure, all you have to do is heat the interior of that enclosure. Any containers inside will all be at that temperature. I believe Joey M has a wonderful setup with an old, walk in type freezer.

  3. west tn

    west tn New Member

    Yes antlered
  4. Team Realtree

    Team Realtree New Member

    I just started my first maceration on an antlered head. When the top of my freezer is closed, water builds up inside so beware. I haven't come up with a way to remove the water in the bottom of the freezer!
  5. I drilled a hole in the floor with a hole saw, inserted a pvc pipe and caulked with silicon to keep in place. Used old chest cooler pan for drain pain underneath. Just used a rubber tub stopper with a long wood screw into it so easy to remove and replace. I pull the 3 five gallon buckets anyways to change out the slop and squeegee the bottom to the drain. Easy peasy
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