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  • jmash75 commented on slohcooker's instructable Build a Caja China ~ Roast a Pig in a Box2 months ago
    Build a Caja China ~ Roast a Pig in a Box

    Yes on the tent stakes! Used them with 3/4" copper pipe straps. I was going for more storage-friendly and transport-friendly options. The long wood boards weren't going to work for me. I'll get a few more straps for the sides to use to hang/store the stakes. The legs are just 1/2" iron pipe with a flange attached to the underside, and a flange to act as a foot. The pipe and foot are not tightened, again, making it easier for transport and storage. I'll attach a couple more flanges on each end so that the legs can convert to carry-handles. The steel sheet is a little thinner at 22 ga...so it heated up extremely fast, and the internal box temp was climbing well above 300 degrees. I had to use the stakes to prop up two corners of the lid to vent the box for most of the roast. I w...

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    Yes on the tent stakes! Used them with 3/4" copper pipe straps. I was going for more storage-friendly and transport-friendly options. The long wood boards weren't going to work for me. I'll get a few more straps for the sides to use to hang/store the stakes. The legs are just 1/2" iron pipe with a flange attached to the underside, and a flange to act as a foot. The pipe and foot are not tightened, again, making it easier for transport and storage. I'll attach a couple more flanges on each end so that the legs can convert to carry-handles. The steel sheet is a little thinner at 22 ga...so it heated up extremely fast, and the internal box temp was climbing well above 300 degrees. I had to use the stakes to prop up two corners of the lid to vent the box for most of the roast. I was able to keep the box at 250-260 pretty consistent. Once the pig was done, I took all the hot coals and put them into three extra aluminum roasting pans, and then after taking the pig and juice pans out of the box, put the three trays down inside, put the lid back on, and used the top as a heated table. We put the juice pans directly on the sheet metal, kept the pig on the grate, and put that directly over the juice pans. The residual heat from the sheet metal and the coal trays inside was a nice touch. I do need to work on the crisping of the skin side. It was a bit rubbery. Not sure if I didnt heat it up enough after the flip, or if it was because the pig was marinated for 36 hours. We'll see on the next one. The meat itself was amazing of course. All in all.....it was tremendous. Cant wait to do it again!

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  • jmash75 made the instructable Build a Caja China ~ Roast a Pig in a Box2 months ago
    Build a Caja China ~ Roast a Pig in a Box

    Great instructions! Box was a breeze to make. A few mods here and there with a few more in the works. But all in all it was super easy. Pig was delicious of course. Total success!

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  • jmash75 commented on slohcooker's instructable Build a Caja China ~ Roast a Pig in a Box2 months ago
    Build a Caja China ~ Roast a Pig in a Box

    I ended up not doing that.....yet. I wasnt sure at the time, but now that the pig roast was successful and knowing the outside was barely warm at all....its a go for next time.

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