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Unread 07-09-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default Steam powered rotisserie

I was day dreaming about the next smoker I would like to have when the idea came. I would like it to have a rotisserie in it which is nothing new or ground breaking. I remember someone saying that you need to be sure you have electricity at the ready to drive the motor. Most of the time that isn't necessarily a problem, but what if you just want to do something a little different?
Since we have a fire it seems possible to harness that into a power source like steam. I picture gears, cogs, chains and a puff of steam every few seconds. How cool would that be?
Not familiar with all the parts or how exactly it would go together so I thought I would throw this out there.
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It would bring a new concept to using a water pan...
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Two problems.
1. To create steam, you'd need higher temperatures than most of us cook at.
2. To create enough steam to do a couple hour cook, you'd need a lot of water.
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It would be awesome on a steam punk themed UDS! I would suggest contacting a manufacturer or distributor of working model steam engines, no reason you couldn't have a coal fired boiler of to the side of unit to provide steam.
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Actually I think Robert Fulton was trying to create a steam powered BBQ rotisserie and ended up with a paddle-wheeler.
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An easier way to go may be a mule with a carrot on a stick in front of him, going around the pit, attached to a pole causing the grates to go around. This may not be allowed in some towns or competitions.
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You must have been watching the African Queen.
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It would be awesome on a steam punk themed UDS! I would suggest contacting a manufacturer or distributor of working model steam engines, no reason you couldn't have a coal fired boiler of to the side of unit to provide steam.
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Insulate the firebox with a steam jacket. Use a closed system, like a boiler in a house. I could see this working.
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I'm picturing meat flying off the spit at 5,000 rpm...
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These are some pretty funny responses so far! So I went to you tube to see some steamer models and I was impressed. I think a boiler tank could be placed inside a fire box, maybe under the fire grate. Seems like it wouldn't take much to roll a rotisserie around. I think I'll have to start making some drawings.
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I'm thinking use the reservoire as a heat-sink/diffuser:

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Two problems.
1. To create steam, you'd need higher temperatures than most of us cook at.
2. To create enough steam to do a couple hour cook, you'd need a lot of water.
Rotisserie cooking is generally done at higher temps than smoking. I think it is plausible.

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Another thought I had is why not make a clockworks type mechanism that could work off weights.
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