E. Rotisserie & Drum Setup

NOTE: The following steps, Figures 11, 12 and 13 are no longer required with the Everything Kits as of March 2013.  We supply a Heavy Duty Rotisserie rod with locking collars.  If you have the RK Rotisserie Basic, or RK Rotisserie Deluxe, or have purchased an Everything Kit, please skip forward to Figure 14.  You may also use this section if you intend to use a store bought rotisserie.  Note these steps only show you how to utilize the useless meat splined collars for your roaster.  The collars are used to lock the drum along the rotisserie rod so that it cannot right and left along the rod.  You may alternatively provide your own collars.

(Figure 11)

Step 5.  These are the standard rotisserie splined collars (Figure 11) that come in the rotisserie kit.  We really have no interest in the splines, only the locking collars.  So we need to remove these splines now.

(Figure 12)

Using a hacksaw, (Figure 12) bolt cutters, a Dremel, or whatever method you choose, remove these splines.  I chose to stabilize them with some vise grips and take a hacksaw to it.  Just a few swipes of the saw and it leaves a groove in the metal.  A couple of bends back and forth and the spline snaps off.  (You don’t have to cut all the way through).

(Figure 13)

If you have the RK Rotisserie Basic, or RK Rotisserie Deluxe or have an Everything Kit purchased after March 2013, please START HERE:

This is what you should be left with after removing the splines.  We will use these collars to secure the drum laterally on the spit rod. (Figure 13) While you do not have to use these collars, and can resort to other methods, they come in the rotisserie kit, why not use them?

(Figure 14)

Step 6. Now it’s time to mount our bearing bracket(Figure 14.1).  If you are lucky to have purchased a grill with pre-drilled rotisserie holes (Figure 14), then you can save a little work here.  This is the bearing end of the rotisserie rod.  You will want this bearing bracket, the bearing and the handle of the rotisserie rod on your FAVORED hand.

(Figure 14.1)

Please note that your wooden/plastic handle will also go on this end, therefore you will want to be careful to install this bracket on the side of the grill where your most adept hand is located.  For example, if you are right-handed, most people will prefer this on the right side of the grill.

The reason for this, is that when you pull the beans and dump them, you are holding 14-33  pounds (depending on the drum and the amount of coffee) of extremely hot metal and beans that will need to be controllably dumped onto the cooling tray without accidentally burning yourself.  For this reason you will want as much control as possible when handling the drum and rod to prevent burns.  Therefore put your handle on the side of your strongest most coordinated hand.

(Figure 15)

This picture (Figure 15) shows the bearing bracket on the left hand side of the grill (Generally for left-handed people).

(Figure 16)

This picture (Figure 16) shows the bearing bracket on the right hand side of the grill (Generally for right-handed people).

(Figure 17)

This picture (Figure 17) shows the bearing bracket mounted correctly showing a small amount of space (1/4″-1/2″ recommended).  Position the bearing bracket on the side of the grill, lift the bracket up until the rod sits clear of the grill 1/4″ or 1/2″ and then use a pencil while holding the bracket to mark the holes where you will drill.  (Also note that when you put in the bearing you will get another 1/16th inch clearance additionally).  After you mark the holes with the correct height, drill the holes.  (I recommend center-punching the spot, use a small drill bit first to make a pilot hole, then the drill with the size bit of your bolt that came with the bracket).

The next picture (Figure 18) shows you the amount of clearance between the grill and the rod as viewed from the inside.

(Figure 18)

(Figure 19)

Step 7. Center your drum visually in the grill.  Now insert one (now splineless) locking collar onto the bearing bracket side (Figure 19) and slide against your drum and lock down with your thumbs.(Figure 21)

(Figure 20)

Step 8. Insert the second (now splineless) locking collar onto the opposing side of the rod (Figure 20) and slide against your drum and lock down with your thumbs. (Figure 21)

(Figure 21)

(Figure 22)

Step 9. Now slide (Figure 22) your bearing onto the bracket side of the rod and insert into the bracket(Figure 23) , then tighten with a screwdriver for now (We may readjust this later).

(Figure 23)

(Figure 24)

Step 10.  Insert the 7/16″ Lovejoy coupler (Figure 24) onto the pointed end of the spitrod and tighten with an Allen wrench.  Make sure this is secure.