A biltong box is essential for making biltong so I’m going to show you how to make a biltong box in 5 easy steps for under £25.
To dry biltong you need warm constant air movement. The light bulb generates warmth and the fan circulates the warm air around the tub and out of the lid. This is by far the easiest and cheapest way of drying your biltong. There are three key items you’ll need to make this – a plastic storage tub, computer fan and light bulb.
How to make Biltong
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How to make a Biltong box
You don’t need to be crazy good at DIY to know how to make a biltong box. Using a plastic storage tub is great because it’s cheap, easy to store and you can also choose a tub size that suits you and your space.
Of course, it’s not the only way to dry biltong, you can also use a food dehydrator. They range from £30, but the cheap ones are not very good and they don’t circulate the air as well as a biltong box.
How to make a biltong box
- Glue gun
- Phillips screwdriver
- Tinfoil & tape
- 1 Plastic storage tub 80 – 100l (I used 100l)
- 1 Electric computer fan with 2 grill covers including dust foam
- 1 100-watt halogen light bulb or heat lamp with a standard light fitting (with a switch optional)
- 2 metre lengths Wooden beading from any DIY shop (You can also use plastic piping)
- 1 Thermometer Strip sticker
- Start with the lid of the box, make around 6 small holes anywhere between 4 to 8mm. Then simply glue the one fan on grills with its dust foam onto the lid of the tub. Stick on your temperature sticker to the side of your biltong box.
- Next up, fit your fan. The first job here is to drill 8 to 12 small holes in the central area of the fan to allow air into your biltong box. Then drill 4 holes to fit your fan and a hole to the side of the fan big enough to allow all the cables of the fan and the light to pass through. You can then wire up your fan and your light fitting, I use the light switch and an old 12-volt power supply that I had lying around for the fan. Then screw your fan into place with the screws supplied with the fan and apply some hot glue to fill up the hole around the cables. The second fan grill along with the dust foam should then slip into place on the back of this, on the outside of the box.
- Attach your light fitting directly onto your fan, I used cable ties to put mine in place. Then fit your light bulb, you can use a standard halogen light, but I went for a heat lamp because it gives a little extra warmth. Just make sure you don't fit an LED bulb because they don't give off any heat.
- Drill holes either side of your tub, large enough to insert your wooden rods, for a 100l tub you should be able to fit 4 rods. Once you have inserted all of your wooden rods, simply glue gun them in the place with the hot glue gun.
- The very last step is to line the tub on the inside with tin foil, this helps reflect the heat from the heat lamp. It's also a handy way of collecting the spice mix and juices that will fall off the meat.