I'm preparing to build a spit roast in my back yard in preparation for a lamb roast party in the future. I have next to no experience working with metals of any kind, and as the steel rods/pipes I'm looking into are quite expensive I want to make sure I'm going to buy something that's gonna support the lamb.
Based on my research I'm thinking a stainless steel 304/316 rod at 7/8" diameter, 6 feet long (it will sit on its supports at a distance of about 6-8 inches inside) should be able to hold at the most a 50-70 pound lamb distributed as evenly as possibly, with makeshift counterweights and balances attached.
However, if this party is a success I'll buy something bigger like a hog or maybe even half a cow in the future.
So my questions are:
- Can 7/8" (or even 1", it's within the budget) diameter, 6 foot rod hold a 50-70 lamb for several hours?
- Can the same diameter hold something weighing up to twice that weight for several hours?
Thanks in advance.