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I realised that I’ve not actually put up the pictures from the hog roast!  After weeks of constant sun, the day had arrived and the weather forecast was awful.  Undisturbed I’d taken delivery of the pig the day before and it ‘slept’ overnight in the bath, packed with water and ice.


the night before Gary slept over so we could get an early start.  At 5am we got up (I’d been worrying all night and was up for pretty much all of it) and got it in the car.




Quickly we got the fire going, assembled the roaster and got the pig on the spit



After a couple of failed attempts to get it turning, we realised the belly flopping about was stalling the motor.  We pinned the spine onto the bar with u-clamps.  It turned fine, but the belly still flopped.  So at about 9:30 I went out and got a metal BBQ rack and Gary strapped it round the belly.



After this point it was plain sailing. We did make a mistake with the laser thermometer – what we thought was 170’C was in fact Fahrenheit.  So by midday when we realised the mistake, it was no longer going to be a slow roasted pig.  The end result was pork, but not as satisfying as I’d hoped, but a win none the less.



The ear decorations were not to make it into a space pig, but to keep them from burning off before the pig was properly cooked.

The tongue was very tasty.

I was very pleased that not only did our design work and survive, but nothing major went wrong with the mechanics! I was merely us poor humans that got it wrong.  I think I’ll have another roast, but not for a while…


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Pig roaster #5



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!

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Pig roaster #4

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And why not after look at a cob oven if you like cooking stuff?

Anyway, enjoy your stay and I hope the site can stand up to it all…


One of the main objectives of making my own pig roaster is making it mechanised. With the cogs and a few bits from eBay this is how I did it! (More pics and a video, click read the rest of this entry below)

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