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Old 10-29-2013, 03:46 AM   #1
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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!
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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Pretty slick! Looking forward to the pig spit.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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Very cool! My rotisserie requires requires access to electricity but that one could be used anywhere.

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Old 10-29-2013, 08:38 AM   #6
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Can't see it, but it sure sounds interesting, especially for camping trips.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:30 AM   #7
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very cool
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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That is wicked cool! I wish i had a fraction of that talent.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #9
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I can't see the video but it sounds like a great idea. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:37 PM   #10
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Very cool!
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #11
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Great idea! Iwish I could veiw it as well.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #12
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Downloaded to my media player with no problem.

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

I imagine it would have elicited a chuckle or two of sheer delight.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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Very Cool project!
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:18 PM   #14
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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
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Inventive. I love that laugh.
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proof of concept, rotisserie, steam, steam powered

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