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Jan82 10-29-2013 03:46 AM

Steam Powered Rotisseri
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Ok folks I'm new to the forum. A bit more information about myself - I'm a South African where we call a BBQ a Braai and we take it seriously in fact we have a national holiday called Braai-day! I work as a lecturer in mechanical design and thought some of you might enjoy one of my designs...

I have built a small scale steampowered rotisirie BBQ and thought that some of you might enjoy to see a video of it in action? A short video (13 seconds) of it in action is attached to this post.

Some more details on the system - it uses a very small reciprocating double action steam engine that rotates at a speed of about 1000 RPM that speed is reduced by means of a set of gears to a speed of about 3 RPM.

This proof of concept grill can only cook 2 chickens at a time as in the video. But the idea is to design the next generation of this grill to be able to grill a pig or a sheep (Sheep rotisserie braai(BBQ) is very popular is South Africa) and is usually refferred to as a sheep-spit-braai or Pig-spit-braai.

Anyhow thankyou for taking the time to read my very first post and I hope to be able to add to the body of knowledge availible on this awesome site!

SmokerKing 10-29-2013 07:54 AM

link us up to a youtube video
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bluetang 10-29-2013 08:01 AM

Pretty slick! Looking forward to the pig spit.

dwfisk 10-29-2013 08:04 AM

Welcome to the forum from north Florida. My browser can't connect to your link.

HankB 10-29-2013 08:36 AM

Very cool! My rotisserie requires requires access to electricity but that one could be used anywhere. :thumb:

Welcome to the Brethren.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 10-29-2013 08:38 AM

Can't see it, but it sure sounds interesting, especially for camping trips.

Pburke24 10-29-2013 09:30 AM

very cool

Fwismoker 10-29-2013 11:27 AM

That is wicked cool! I wish i had a fraction of that talent.

cowgirl 10-29-2013 12:35 PM

I can't see the video but it sounds like a great idea. Welcome to the forum!

layne 10-29-2013 12:37 PM

Very cool!

pitbossJB 10-29-2013 12:44 PM

Great idea! Iwish I could veiw it as well.

deguerre 10-29-2013 12:46 PM

Downloaded to my media player with no problem.

My dad (Mechanical Design - Aerospace (NASA) - engineer) would have LOVED that. :thumb:

I imagine it would have elicited a chuckle or two of sheer delight.

CharredApron 10-29-2013 01:14 PM

Very Cool project!

ButtBurner 10-29-2013 01:18 PM


reminds me of one of those little toy steam engines I had when I was a kid.

I wish I would have kept that thing. It was really cool. I had a bunch of attachments for it too

dadsr4 10-29-2013 01:43 PM

Inventive. I love that laugh.

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