I did ask my cousin in law to pick me up a barrel, that done I promptly forgot all about it! In a cold sweat I remembered last week and had a look on eBay. I could get them for £5 each, but it needed an hour and a half trip to Bury St Edmunds which I didn’t relish. The other option was an hour and twenty trip to Kent for £8, having to brave the Dartford tunnel/bridge on a hot saturday and pay £1.50 each way. I went to Bury. Likely enough there was probably barrels closer to home, but I didn’t have time to search for them and these were from a perfume factory, so not so difficult to wash out. I got several – mostly because I felt I’d probably have need of two (I didn’t, one was fine) and the scouts regularly use them as firepits and we go through them often with little chance of easily replacing them.
We finished off the welding – it was a good few hours of work. We even put on a chain tensioner to remove the risk of it jumping if everything wasn’t exactly square/level.
Then disaster – the prongs for the mouth I’d ordered weren’t 25mm, they were 23mm! Complete screw up on my part. I’ve ordered another 25mm one, but no luck as yet even though I’ve paid for next day delivery.
Just in case I decided to modify the 23mm to make it fit. The welding is terrible, but it’ll do if the other doesn’t turn up.
The first test did not go successfully. I used a rucksack loaded up with weights to simulate the 30kg weight of a dead pig. It didn’t go well. I sacrificed another collar and the 50cm stainless offcut from the main pipe. I welded the collar onto it, used an old dumbell set to make up a large counterweight. Fingers crossed this’ll do the job on the day if I can’t get it balanced properly!
Only two jobs left to do – grind a point onto the stainless bar and drill a small hole to enable the spit to be turned manually!