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Thinking about building a whole hog cooker

 
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whall
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 10:35 pm    Post subject: Thinking about building a whole hog cooker Reply with quote

I have a couple questions for those of you who have built one and/or use one.

My first question is how big should the cooking chamber be for most "normal" sized hogs?

I was thinks about doing a reverse flow or maybe going with tuning plates.

I know there are a bunch of opinions about which is better and I would like to know which you like better and why
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30 16 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whall, I started a topic almost a year ago asking a few questions on a pig cooker / roaster. While your'e waiting on some replies, check it out to see if you can get anything out of it.

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=68458
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whall
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike, i'm sorry your plan didn't work out.That would have been a nice cooker.

I should have been a little more clear with my question. I was really wanting to know how big the cooking grate needed to be. That's my fault.

My dad has a piece of pipe that keeps screaming at me telling me to make a cooker out of it Laughing

I haven't measured it but a rough guesstimate would be about a 36" pipe and it might be 60" long. Oh and it's about .5" thick I hope that's thick enough Rolling Eyes Laughing

I will get some measurements when I get a chance
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I'm resurrecting the project... just picked up the steel for it last week.

If you look back at my thread, you'll see where k.a.m. suggested at least a 50" grate for a 100 pound pig. From what I gather the 36" wide is more than enough. Hopefully the ol' boy will chime in soon.
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whall
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PostPosted: Sun May 01 16 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's great Mike I look forward to seeing your cooker come together.

I measured that piece of pipe and it's 57" long by 36" OD and 9/16" wall. The ends are not cut straight so I will probably lose an inch or two.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02 16 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whall,

That's going to be plenty big enough. My grate is 28x56 and I can get 2 60 pounders on it in racing form easy. Love to see pics of the build.
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PostPosted: Thu May 05 16 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything over 24 inches should be large enough to butterfly a hog. I have a La Caja China (actually, the reason I decided to build my large smoker) and I fit a 135lb hog in it (after I cut about 4-6 inches of legs off). If I'm not mistaken, my build has a cooking grate of 28x60 and it looks plenty big enough.
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