This section of the guide will focus on troubleshooting roast issues and equipment problems

The following resources are strongly suggested for success with the RK Drum roasting system.  The roasting guide provides a textual guide to the roast process.

The Roasting Guide


The following resources are strongly suggested for success with the RK Drum roasting system.

Roast Video Tutorials  (Especially Roast Lesson #1)

Here's a 3 pack replacement kit of spiders if you need.

Now, There's a quick fix, that can get you by in a pinch. Go to the autoparts\hardware store and grab one of these hose clamps.

hose clamp for rk drums

Should cost $1 or so. Assuming there's still enough of the Spider to put back into the coupler, reassemble the coupler with spider. (Usually one of the lobes breaks off).

Snug up the clamp just to keep it all together, and it will allow you to roast until these parts come in.

Don't tighten the clamp so much that you can't insert and reinsert the rotisserie.  This should function long enough until your new parts arrive.

coupler temporary repair with a hose clamp

It is possible the latch may have been been bent during shipping. We try to ship the latch in the opened position to prevent this, but sometimes the weight of the drum can cause the latch to bend if the package gets handled roughly.


The latch is built in two parts, that are designed to separate from each other with enough force.


Part 1 is attached to the drum and you cannot remove it without drilling out the rivets. This part has two "toes" on it.


Part 2 is a flat (and it should be flat) piece that has the hook that goes over the door and the thumb tab for opening and closing. This part is T shaped.  This is the part that is bent and it is not latching over the door.


You can remove Part 2, by gently prying up the "toes" on part 1 with a flat screwdriver. And pulling part 2 out....


Part 2 should look the below picture....if it isn't flat, the postal service likely dropped the box bending the latch and now it no longer closes the way we want it to. The fix is simple. Basically lay it on a flat table and hammer the bent part gently until it looks like the picture and then reposition part 2 under the toes of part 1.  Insert on one set of toes, and then pry up the second toe and slide the latch under.  The lip of part 2 should now latch over the front of the door.  Things should operate as expected now.


ideal latch shapes
ideal latch shapes