Archive for March, 2013


drainingWhilst visiting a Lakeland store (this is always a bad idea for your wallet) I saw a stall dedicated to making your own cheese.

So today it was time to make some cheese – and not just any cheese – due to a lack of live yoghurt in the house it had to be the most difficult one which involved cold water and microwaves, mozzarella!

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Pig Spit Roast

Last year, due to the birth of my Son Sam, I had a very low key birthday party because he was born only a few days before and we couldn’t plan anything really.

I decided I wanted a bit more of a get together, so I threw together the idea of hiring my scout hall, having a low key BBQ and brew a couple of barrels of beer.

Then I saw an article on hog roasts.  It got me thinking – wouldn’t it be fun to do one myself?  Well, obviously.

I banged a few of my friends heads together and as most were bored at work, someone sent this idea over:Spit Roast

I told him this was too boring and to add a pig.

pig roast

Which he duly did.

Some discussion was had over how we would support the metal bar, because I felt a Y shaped bracket would generate too much friction and was keen to put it on bearings.  The idea is to motorise the assembly and the less friction the better.

This gave birth to the idea of ‘pig balls’ (ie open to bearing mounts) which the pole can sit on – if we pushed them into a traditional circular mount like we could scavenge from car wheels, we’d have a hell of a job getting the spit out when the pig was ready.  This way we can lift them out.

spit roast bearing solution

These can sit in a pool of grease and hopefully be fairly friction free.

The plan is to get a few knackered bike wheels and chain drive the wheel from a windscreen wiper motor.  The pig will be on a stainless steel tube about 35mm in diameter and will be singularly the most expensive bit of the build at £42 + Vat.

Sadly ‘pig balls’ aren’t easy to come buy – ebay had uk manufacturered bearings for £5.99 each (I’d need 4) or I could get 5 from China for £6 including postage.  A sad state of affairs though the UK bearings may be better quality, time will tell!

I’ll post a few pics of the build when we get started.

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Sunday lunch, you’re doing it wrong


The sun came out whilst I was working in the garden! Quick BBQ!

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Up and down valleys lugging Sam. He enjoys hiking. No idea why…

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