[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Tue May 6 11:28:43 CDT 2014


John,

Several years ago there was a list member in South Carolina named Ron Kyle,
who built and sold drums for roasting on gas grills. He unfortunately
passed away a few years ago, but I believe his drum-roaster business lives
on:

http://www.rkdrums.com/index.php/en/about-rkdrums-125

Brian


On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 6:26 AM, John Nordling <john.nordling at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm starting to think about building myself a drum roaster.  My preliminary
> plan is to get ahold of a propane grill, and then use a rotisserie motor to
> drive the drum.  The upside of this is that many grills come already
> engineered for this sort of drive setup, so it shouldn't be terribly hard
> to adapt the grill to this use.
>
> I'll need to either build or buy a drum.  I have an old friend who is a
> retired welder, and I think he and I could adapt something to make a
> serviceable drum (a couple metal colanders with some fins welded or bolted
> in might do the job - otherwise, there must be internet sources for this
> sort of thing).
>
> Any tips, ideas or "watch outs" that I should be aware of?  I'm sure this
> has been done before, so "standing on the shoulders of giants" would
> certainly apply here.
>
> thanks in advance,
>
> John
> ~~
> "Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all."   Neutral Milk
> Hotel, *In the Aeroplane Over the Sea*
>
> Email:  john.nordling at gmail.com
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