Oil Drum Pig Roaster Designs
Ok if your a hound for the outdoor dining, or as our more well educated friends would call its “al fresco”, and if your also a 100% MEATatarian like myself and proud of it, you will love this..
All you will need is an old 55 Gallon or 205 liter oil drum and a few materials that can be picked up for your local metal materials supplier. The oil drum can be picked up from a scrap yard or a motor factors or mechanic's garage, another place you may find them is factories that take delivery of liquids stored in big drums.
The first step is to cut your drum in half, this can be done very simply by using an angle grinder, or if you happen to have a plasma torch that will do also, in fact all of the tools needed for this project can be rented from you local tool hire store, and works out a lot cheaper than buying welders and grinders.. When cutting the drum, make sure you have marked out nice straight lines with a permanent marker before cutting because later you will be attaching hinges and if your cut is uneven your hinges wont fit right and cause the opening and closing to be uneven.
The next step is to build a good solid frame to hold the drum, I have a couple of designs on my website http://www.whats4dinner2night.com that will make this a bit simpler but the main thing to remember is to make sure every joining is completely square!! the last thing you want at your outdoor event is a roaster falling over with a half cooked pig falling onto the ground, this is not a barbecue that will be holding a few burgers and sausages, this is a frame that will need to support a 250 pound pig. So be sure to measure twice and cut once, then use a welder to secure the frame at all joints. As you will see by the designs on my website you can custom build your oil drum pig roaster to have wheels for ease of movement or just have four legs if it will be static.
Now you need to get some hinges to attach the two halves of the barrels, you can simply weld these onto one half of the drums so that the drum will open and close in a clam like fashion, again I have designs for this on my site and links will be provided at the bottom of this article, if you want extra security you can fix the hinges to the barrels using nuts and bolts and then weld them as well just to be extra secure. Then we will weld the bottom half of the barrel to our frame.
The final step is the most important “the spit” is needed to hold the pig, you will need to cut two grooves out of the bottom barrel to house the spit, and you can design the spit however you want. You may go for a manual turning design or fashion an old motor to do the turning for you, but thats completely up to your imagination.
For more information and diagrams click here -> http://www.whats4dinner2night.com/