Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Crawfish Washer process work?
There are a few way to do it and you will need to experiment and see what works best for you. I like to fill the washer ¾ full of water. Then while running, start dumping crawfish into the washer. Once I have 20lbs to 25lbs in the washer, I stop and let it run a bit. The water will be very dirty. After the water has run over the top for a short time, I remove the bottom drain cap. I let water flush over top and out the drain at the same time. As it is running, I pick out any large debris such as bait fish, grass etc. The longer the water runs the clearer the water becomes.
Once the water clears, the crawfish are clean. Do not expect the crawfish to spin real fast. The water is still passing thru them and flushing them clean. To speed up the process, you can take a paddle and stir them occasionally. Because fresh crawfish are so muddy, it may help to tip the pail a bit to pour some of the extra dirty water out at the beginning of the wash. Then continue as normal. This simply speeds up the process by getting the real dirty water out quickly.
How many crawfish can you wash at one time?
It depends on your water pressure. You are asking water to move 20lbs to 30lbs of crawfish. With 50lbs of water pressure you should be able to wash 30lbs of crawfish with no problem. I would start with 20lbs or ½ of a bag and add more as your pressure allows. I have good water pressure and can wash a 35lb bag at once.
What about dead crawfish?
In most cases the dead will rise and float to the surface. I simply pluck them out while the washer is running.
What happens if the drain clogs?
Drain clogging will happen occasionally. You are trying to keep crawfish in the bucket and drain or flush everything else out. That creates a challenge. If the drain does clog, simple push a screwdriver into the drain from the outside. That should free the drain. If the crawfish are very small and the drain keeps clogging, you can leave the screwdriver in the drain while running. That should keep anything from entering the drain area while still allowing the water to exit.
What if my crawfish have a lot of grass?
The Crawfish Washer will not remove large amounts of grass. Certain amounts will float over the top and some will exit the drain. I sometimes use a screen/spoon to scoop the excess grass out as it is running. Remember once the water is clear, even the grass is clean.
What if my water pressure is low or I put to many crawfish in the washer at once?
The crawfish do not need to move a lot. The water is passing thru them. If they are not moving at all you may take a paddle and stir them occasionally. All you want is for the water to clear. It’s all about water pressure. You may need to experiment and wash fewer crawfish at a time until you find out how many pounds of crawfish your water pressure move. Clean a few pounds and place them in a cooler. Then wash more.
What if I like to purge my crawfish with salt?
If you purge with salt, you should do it in the washer. Clean the crawfish first as described. Once clean, drain the water down to the desired amount and add the salt. After they have purged or rested the appropriate amount of time, turn on the water and flush again.
What else can I wash in the Crawfish Washer?
This makes an excellent Washer for large animal quarters. You can place deer or hog quarters and in 2 or 3 minutes, they are clean as ever. They may not spin but water does rush over them. I have a stick to stir or move them occasionally. Try it; you will not want to use a hose to spray them off again. Also, you can use it for large volumes of upland game like pheasants or chucker, or if you are cleaning hundreds of small birds, or even if you are leaning a large catch of fish. You can wash anything that will fit in the pail and it will expedite your cleaning process.