Not everybody has the money to buy an expensive gas grill or pig roaster. Therefore some of them make a roaster of their own which will work for any kind of meat. The use of a large oil drum can be an alternative and can help and building it will make the roaster ready for use in just one afternoon. Anybody can try it and have a roaster of your own without spending a lot. You can proceed to the eight steps to build an oil tank pig roaster found below.
Step 1: Prepare the materials and the 50 gallon drum.
Prepare your materials such as safety goggles, electric drill, 50-gallon oil drum, grate, small metal basket, heat-resistant spray paint and four long bolts and washer Stand the empty 50-gallon oil drum right-side up. Next is you must remove its lid.
Step 2: Clean the drum.
First, you must put on your goggles for your safety. Using your weed burner, burn the oil drum to remove all residues left inside the drum. If you don’t want to buy your weed burner, you can just start a fire inside the drum and let it burn for an hour. You can use wood, put it in the bottom of the drum and lit it with a paper.
Step 3: Put a hole on the drum.
Turn the drum upside down making the opening on the ground. Using an electric drill make a three-fourth inch hole of the drum. It should be 3 inches down from the sealed end. Move to the side at around 18 inches apart, drill another hole. Do this repeatedly at the circumference of the drum. This serves as your air intake holes.
Step 4: Put more holes.
Now, it’s time to turn the drum right side up, making 4 more ¾ inch holes on the side of the drum. This time it should be 6 inches down from the top. Be sure the holes should be evenly spaced around the circumference of the drum. These holes serve to hold the cooking grate.
Step 5: Paint the drum.
To make it nice looking, buy spray paint that is heat-resistant at any hardware store and coat your cooker with it to hide any discoloration caused by burning. You have to spray paint the lid also.
Step 6: Attach bolts and washers
To support your metal cooking grate, you have to insert your long bolts in the ¾ holes on the top of the drum and with the use of the washers, you can safely secure them.
Step 7: Insert the metal basket.
You can now insert the small metal basket at the bottom of the drum. The basket should not be wider than the interior of the drum and should be 5-6 inches tall. Be sure that it is also heat and fire resistant. This is where you put the charcoal or wood during cooking.
Step 8: Place the metal grate.
The metal grate lastly is placed over the bolts at the top of the drum. The grate should not be larger than the width of the drum but enough to hold the food to be placed on it. Your oil tank pig roaster is finished and you are now ready to prepare and cook a pig.
The steps provided above when it comes to building an oil tank pig roaster will benefit not only DIY enthusiasts but everybody. The secrets lie on how you follow the process.