Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What the engineering profs have to say

Here's the feedback I've gotten recently:

  • It must be electric. Amateur gas pipes mean propane will accumulate at the top of the box, which is way bad.

  • Ceramic bulbs for heating and fireclay for insulation. YES.

  • Depending on the motors being used, it may be best to connect the motor to the spit with a bike chain? It is not difficult to cut sprockets for those so speed control should be much simpler this way. Watch your fingers.

  • One of the traditional recipes I had been looking at (I should make a post for traditional recipes later) is extremely bitter tasting and should not be trusted at all.

  • With fireclay, weight will be an issue, especially with mobility.

  • Safety features! Digital temperature sensors are apparently pretty simple to implement? Also there absolutely must be emergency vents if the oven area gets too hot or any of the structural integrity is compromised.

  • Make many more drafts and don't get too attached to any of them.



Steve said...

Hatman, two important questions.

First, how do you know that traditional baumkuchen is not supposed to be bitter tasting?

Second, did one of your professors truly say "CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE?"

Ushanka said...

Well, Steve, I'm going to go out on a limb and say traditional baumkuchen is supposed to taste like the flatkuchen I made. The preservative-laden ones I occasionally obtain from Little Tokyo are great and all, but I bet with a little practice mine can be better. And, eventually, the right shape.

Second, no, none of them have said that. I have not given up hope, though.