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openwheel



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29 11 10:33 am    Post subject: Whole Hog Cooker Reply with quote

Are there any planes on here for building a whole hog cooker? Needing one for a 100-150lb hog.
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BBQMAN
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29 11 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on what style of cooker you are looking to build, and what style of whole hog you intend to cook.

Offset, or RF or direct heat (coals under the hog).

Racing style of butterflied (takes up more room).

My Stumps SW 3x5 has the perfect size grate for whole hog, and that's why I bought it for my second rig.

A 3'x5' grate fits most piggies that are able to be cooked in a timely manner (I prefer not to cook over 120 pounders) and it gives me room to cook other foods at the same time.

A smaller grate (narrower) will work if you intend to only cook racing style, and/or you are willing to cut the legs down to save space doing them butterflied.

A 5' length for that size hog is pretty much mandatory.

Back to style of cooker (and length required) you don't want the hog too close to the "delivery" end of your heat source for even temp reasons.

Good luck with your project!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29 11 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what a 80-90 pound hog looks like on a 3x5 gate:



70 pounds or so stretched out:



This is what a 110 pound hog looks like on what is basically a 4' grate 36" deep. The only reason this works for heat management (and is a tight squeeze) is because the firebox is 4' away at the other end of this pit.


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bwsdj
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29 11 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBQMan- thats a nice looking cooker Very Happy
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