May 1, 2018
After reading the reviews I was hesitant to buy this however I'm glad I did. We had antlers attached to a scalp that were in a tied bag. We had forgotten about them and then discovered them months later in the garage. At that time we knew the smell would be horrific so we didn't want to try removing the skin manually. I followed the directions on the buck boiler and it worked perfectly. I was able to dunk the whole thing (almost) into the water and within 8 hours the scalp peeled right off and all of the extra meat that was on the bone cooked off as well. It came out smooth and clean. I
t smelled pretty bad during the process but we had it on the back deck and I covered my face with a towel when I needed to go out and add water and clean the bucket when I was done.
In closing, I filled the bucket with water approximately 3 inch from the top as directed. I plugged the unit in outside and put the deer scalp and antlers as far into the bucket as I could. It was a pretty big rack so it did not get fully submerged. As long as the scalp was covered I was happy. Within an hour I could see small bubbles surfacing I knew that it was working. The instructions said it came with three packets of detergent but mine only came with one. It was also hard as a rock so I crushed it up to make it a powder. I sprinkled that one packet of detergent into the bucket and let it do its thing. Except for adding a little bit of water every now and then I did nothing and it came out clean as a whistle.
I would definitely recommend this product although like I said mine was only a scalp not a full head.
If you follow the directions that works fine.
I wish the top rim of the bucket was a few inches wider so that the antlers could go deeper into the water.