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Topic: Assembling a drum roaster (14 msgs / 311 lines)
1) From: Ross
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This morning I had my coffee (a Kenya AA and Panama Boutique blend) and =
started working on my drum roaster set up.  After much thinking and =
going back and forth between using my built in grill or getting a =
dedicated grill I finally decided not to try to adapt the rotisserie and =
geared motor to my built in grill. I became certain of this after I =
spent 2 hours cleaning the built in grill and decided I did not want to =
do that every time I roasted coffee.  I got the $199 45K BTU 3 burner =
Charmglow with side burner at Home Depot, I think it is the same as the =
Brinkman that Ron talked about because in the paperwork I see it is made =
by Brinkman.  It cost twice as much as the cheap grills but it is well =
made, it has the BTU's needed, the hood is double panel with a possible =
useable thermometer and it has good burners.  When I assembled it I just =
left off the side burner and used the non burner side tray on the right =
side where I mounted the motor because I'm left handed.  In the interest =
of keeping it basic I left off the left side tray and fancy side front =
panels too.  For a diffuser I used two freeze proof pool tile that I had =
laying around from remoding the pool, I just laid them between the other =
diffusers under the drum, (they will be replaced with something more =
appropriate later).  The high end Charbroil rotisserie unit worked fine =
on this grill (I thought it was overpriced at Home Depot but what's a =
guy to do once you start down this road)  the only mod I needed to make =
to the grill was to enlarge the two screw holes in the grill sides so =
they were wide enough to accept the Charbroil brackets and drill two =
holes in the side tray for the motor mount other than that it was a =
direct bolt on.  Ron does not include the locking collars that go on =
either side of the drum in the kit so after spending about $10.00 of gas =
and striking out at Lowes and Home Depot I finally found those at ACE =
hardware for $3.45 each, it would be good if Ron bought those in bulk =
and included them in the kit, or he could just tap a set screw on the =
flange on each side of his drum (just a thought) that might be more work =
than getting some cheap locking collars.  Of course if you really wanted =
to you could use the bird spike collars that come in the rotisserie kit =
I decided to save those for roasting turkey or something instead of =
stabbing myself when I dumped coffee.  I used the brackets with the =
milled bearings included in the rotisserie kit on each side of the grill =
so the motor did not have to support the drum.  I had a flexible quick =
disconnect natural gas hose left over from another grill set up so I =
didn't have to lay out another $70 bucks for that to change this grill =
over to natural gas.  Tomorrow I have to get a T pipe fitting and a gas =
shut off valve to T into my gas line under my built in grill and I might =
have to enlarge the Charmglow grill valve orifices and burner holes for =
natural vs. LP gas tomorrow but I'll see how it works without =
modifications first.  When I was done I had about 20 lbs of parts that I =
did not use, one side panel with burner, two side panel fronts, the =
stainless steel grill grates a LP gas regulator and hose, a rotisserie =
motor and a couple turkey spikes and extra rotisserie brackets.  The =
unit rotates plenty fast with the geared motor Ron sells, his motor =
mount bracket is very nice - easy to mount and easily adjustable.  I =
removed the bent clip and chain from the drum - the chain made noise and =
the clip was bent where it needed to lock that was easily fixed with a =
vice and a channel lock, straitened it out and bent it a little back =
from where it was bent the first time.  Sorry for the long post but =
maybe it will help someone going down the same road.  
Regards,
Ross

2) From: RK
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Ross I do include the locking collars If your kit did not have I'm =
sorry, I may have forgot to put them in the kit. I will reimburse your =
cost for them and again apologize for the error.
RK

3) From: Ross
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Ron,
Thanks for the offer, don't worry about it.  You can email me your =
Brinkman profiles, if you have any yet.  I'm planning to try to use the =
temp gage that is on the grill.  I will compare it to my SM Cooper 8 =
inch probe under the lid at the center.  I'm off to the store to finish =
my natural gas setup.  I tried to remove the control knobs to get to the =
gas valves and those babies are impossible to remove they must have some =
type of one way friction lock.  I took the front control panel off and =
there is a screw on orifice cap on each valve, it looks like all I will =
have to do is get larger orifice caps or just drill out the current ones =
slightly larger, seeing how I won't be operating at low very much I can =
probably not worry about getting the knobs off to access the valves to =
enlarge the bottom end orifice, maybe I'll get lucky. Can hardly wait to =
start roasting. I'll post some pictures when I'm done.
Regards,
Ross

4) From: Floyd Lozano
I know this is old, but I wanted to throw a suggestions out for people that
needed extra locking collars for their rotisseries to mount or secure the
drums.  The bird grippers that come with the rotisserie are great except for
the 3 inch prongs on the side - so take 'em off!  I used a bolt cutter but a
hacksaw would work just as well.  We don't rotisserie our birds anyway - we
butterfly the carcass and spread rotisserie spice on the bird then grill
like normal.  Yum!
Also, the rotisserie kit is available from Amazon for about $10 cheaper than
home depot, and probably qualifies for free 'don't care about your stuff'
shipping.  My box arrived looking like it was airdropped on my porch but the
parts were intact.  I think.  I only had one milled collar, the other end of
my rotisserie is supported by the milled part of the handle.  If yours came
with 2, then lucky lucky you!  I also had to drill a hole through the
brackets to get the holes on my grill to line up with the 'universal'
bracket.
-F
On 4/19/07, Ross  wrote:
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5) From: Mike Koenig
Speaking of rotisserie kits,  does anyone know where to get just a
spit rod and the "bird grippers"? (preferrably local in NJ, but mail
order as a last resort)
 I'm hoping to use my scrounged motor, so I don't want to have to buy
a whole kit with the motor.  HD and Lowes only seem to carry the whole
kit.
--mike
On 5/31/07, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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6) From: Jim De Hoog
Mike,
 
You might try a local restaurant supply company.
Jim "Ice Bucket Roaster" De Hoog
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From: Mike Koenig 
To: homeroast
Sent: Friday, June 1, 2007 1:14:03 PM
Subject: Re: +Assembling a drum roaster
Speaking of rotisserie kits,  does anyone know where to get just a
spit rod and the "bird grippers"? (preferrably local in NJ, but mail
order as a last resort)
I'm hoping to use my scrounged motor, so I don't want to have to buy
a whole kit with the motor.  HD and Lowes only seem to carry the whole
kit.
--mike
On 5/31/07, Floyd Lozano  wrote:
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7) From: RK
here is  link for rotisserie parts.http://www.thebbqdepot.com/roac.htmlRK

8) From: Coffeenut
Mike,
If all you want is the collars with a set screw that are part of those "bird
grippers", you could get those from McMaster-Carr for less than $1 each.
Just go to their website, use the search window for "clamp-on collar" and
view the versions with set screws.  If buying a collar for my spit rod, I'd
be looking at one with a 7/16" inside diameter.  You'd need to measure yours
to see what size collar would fit.http://www.mcmaster.com/Rick

9) From: Ed Needham
Thrift stores.  I see lots of them when I hit those stores in the Louisville 
area.
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10) From: Ed Needham
The collars with a set screw are also at my local Ace Hardware store.
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11) From: David Pichner
When I built my RK Roaster I found parts sold here.http://www.clagrills.com/allgrillparts/acc-rotisseries.htmDavid.
On 6/1/07, Jim De Hoog  wrote:
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12) From: Aaron Gee
another option. get a 1/2 round steel bar. buy a lovejoy joint at gaingers and graingers also carries bird grippers....
Coffeenut  wrote:  Mike,
If all you want is the collars with a set screw that are part of those "bird
grippers", you could get those from McMaster-Carr for less than $1 each.
Just go to their website, use the search window for "clamp-on collar" and
view the versions with set screws. If buying a collar for my spit rod, I'd
be looking at one with a 7/16" inside diameter. You'd need to measure yours
to see what size collar would fit.http://www.mcmaster.com/Rick---------------------------------
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13) From: Mike Koenig
I found some aluminum rod (scrounged from a laboratory stand), with a
nice flange on it that I can just screw to my canister that I might
try to use.  I just have to try to rig a coupling to my motor that
lets me pull the thing out quickly for cooling. (I could buy one, but
that's no challenge).
If that doesn't work out, I'll try the sites for spit rods.  Thanks
for the input.
--mike
On 6/5/07, Aaron Gee  wrote:
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14) From: Ed Needham
I use a 5/16" 12 point socket.  The standard square spit rod fits perfectly. 
Easy to insert and remove.  The socket with only 6 points does not work 
though, so get the one with a double hex.
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