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woodfolks
02-22-2010, 04:02 PM
I would like to see cajan Microwaves have thier own section
I Just ordered a la Caja China and want to get as many
tips as I can. I will be cooking a pig in it and feel good about that
I will also cook about 4-6 Turkeys at one time in one and
feel good about that

What I am trying to find out more about is cooking a Turkey or two,
A butt roast, and beef all at the same time. If anyone has done
that. I think it could be done you would just have to take
it off at different times.

Also would like to know about doing a clambake in one.

Bubblehead
02-22-2010, 04:05 PM
Never owned one but they look like something I want. Kind of like an above ground imu with a whole lot less digging.

Please post up results of your cooking adventures as you go along!!

........and PICS!!!

MRH IA
02-22-2010, 04:19 PM
These intrigue me too. Only I would like to try to build one. I know people have built them, but I haven't really seen any dimensions or plans on the web for them.

Mark

smokinok
02-22-2010, 04:21 PM
Do an internet search for Cajun Microwave and look at the video and pictures and I am sure you can guess within an inch or so of the size and as there are so many different sizes and shapes it would not be difficult to make one to your exact specs.

Joneser
02-22-2010, 04:39 PM
Those look kinda cool. I seem to remember seeing one of those in action of TV one time...probably Food Network or Travel Channel.

woodfolks
02-22-2010, 04:51 PM
Just wounder if their is a max size for one
THe #2 I ordered will do a 100# pig but you have t otake the head off
I want to build one big enoug to leave the head on.

I think messure the length of pig and width after butterflying and cutting
off the legs. The Boxes I have seen are 2 feet deep,

smokinok
02-22-2010, 05:10 PM
Just wounder if their is a max size for one
THe #2 I ordered will do a 100# pig but you have t otake the head off
I want to build one big enoug to leave the head on.

I think messure the length of pig and width after butterflying and cutting
off the legs. The Boxes I have seen are 2 feet deep,

The web site [ cajunmicrowave.xxx ] shows a complete head on hog in the box but I do not know the size of the hog or box. They have a video, comments, accessories, etc. etc. give it a look see.

ShooterRick
02-22-2010, 07:44 PM
I have ate hog of one of those and was very good. Of course you get no smoke flavor and must season accordingly.

MRH IA
02-24-2010, 10:59 AM
I have ate hog of one of those and was very good. Of course you get no smoke flavor and must season accordingly.

I would imagine a guy could figure out a way to get some smoke in the box, especially if you built your own.

Woodfolks, could you give the dimensions of yours when you get it?


Mark

h20loo
02-24-2010, 11:41 AM
Wow Woodfolks, you're showing up everywhere I go from Brinkmans to UDS, to FEC, to competition to Cajan China. You got the BBQ fever bad!! Your eithe r going to burn out in a week or be charging big bucks for BBQ schools at your house. I'm hoping for the schools! Look forward to hearing about your Qing adventures and learning from you.

woodfolks
02-24-2010, 12:00 PM
yeh the Comp thing is a new idea.
Trying to get a handel on it
Im also trying to do it as cheap as I can.

I have done pig roasts for the last 4 years
Just been looking for an eassy way and the la Caja China
seemed to be the way to go. Im also helping a friend plan
his Daughters wedding dinner. Hes going to do the pig
and Turkeys so the China box seemed the way to go
Ill be cooking a lot in it this spring.

Just got it in the mail and ill be setting it up this week.

I Have been doing the outdoor cooking thing since
I was in 8th grade Im in my 40s now. I love DOs.
Just never got into
smoking. We have at least 3 comps in our area (4 hrs)
I figured Id take this year to practice and take
some classes go to a few event then next year
enter at least one. Kind of a Bucket list thing
not worried about winning just want to know
what im doing. I have a couple of friends that will
be doing this with me. But Im getting all the info
together.

h20loo
02-24-2010, 12:19 PM
Just wait until you get that UDS smokin'. Your family is going to feel blessed!

woodfolks
02-24-2010, 02:53 PM
We just got hit with a ton of snow today
I think it will be a week or more
to get the UDS fired up.
I did a Burn on my food grade Drum. Just got to
use a brush on it and put the parts together.
Still waiting for my 22.5" grill to come in
ordered it this weekend

ShooterRick
02-24-2010, 06:17 PM
I would imagine a guy could figure out a way to get some smoke in the box, especially if you built your own.

Woodfolks, could you give the dimensions of yours when you get it?


Mark

Well I suppose you could hook up a smoke pistol or something like that. The Cajun Microwave itself has a charcoal pan sitting on top generating the heat for the box underneath. This is an open fire so to get smoke from that source would be a problem. CMs are like large dutch ovens with an external heat source. This is a good link for looking.
http://www.cajunmicrowaves.com/

woodfolks
02-24-2010, 06:26 PM
The LA caja China co. sells a smoke pistol
for its boxes

ShooterRick
02-24-2010, 06:43 PM
The LA caja China co. sells a smoke pistol
for its boxes

Very cool!

woodfolks
02-28-2010, 07:28 PM
Some Messurments on the La caja China #2

1/2" ply wood, 48" long x 25" wide x 16" high , 24" legs

charcoal cover is 43.5" X 23.5" with 1.5" sides. They are
just bent up from the sides and tack welded on corners.

Expanded metal sheet for the coal to sit on, on top of the coal
tray. I dont know the gauge of the coal tray not real thick.

the pices are lined with aluminum flashing all the way in side.
The ends and botom are framed with 1.5x1.5"

Frame, Ply wood then aluminum. No space Between the
flashing and plywood. I would not use any pressure treated wood
The flashing is put in with staples. It folds over the top of the plywood
and down the length. Just went to gether with carage Bolts and wing nuts. went together real easey.

SmokyOkie
02-28-2010, 10:19 PM
Got any pix?

woodfolks
02-28-2010, 10:34 PM
dont know how to post pixs
do you need photo bucket ?

You can see them at the La caja china site

SmokyOkie
02-28-2010, 10:43 PM
Here is a tutorial (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2647)

You can use Photobucket or Imageshack. I like photobucket, and both are totally free.

woodfolks
03-01-2010, 04:00 PM
looks ok Ill
try posting some pics tonight.

woodfolks
03-01-2010, 06:52 PM
Heres a few pics to start
Ill post more later

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/woodfolks/DSCI0096.jpg




http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/woodfolks/DSCI0099.jpg


http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/woodfolks/DSCI0100.jpg

woodfolks
03-01-2010, 07:43 PM
Here are some more pics

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/woodfolks/DSCI0094.jpg



http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/woodfolks/DSCI0095-1.jpg


http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/woodfolks/DSCI0097.jpg



Just got a bottle opener Im going to screw to the side of the Box

SmokyOkie
03-01-2010, 08:53 PM
Now that's a good idea!

Lok at you go posting the pix! Thanx for taking the time to learn how.

Bubblehead
03-01-2010, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the pics! Like I said, I am considering one after I get back to the mainland. I just have one question, how do you clean it out?

MRH IA
03-02-2010, 09:08 AM
Woodfolks,

Thanks for the pics and descritions!!! I am going to build one of these for sure and that gives me lots of ideas and direction. I will try to take some pics when I do so UI can post them. And when it is done I bet I will need to ask you for tips how to cook with it.

Thanks,
Mark

MRH IA
03-16-2010, 02:55 PM
I got one of these started this last weekend. Ran into a couple snags mostly poor planning on my part (Good thing I had a scrap of plywood laying around!). any way I used 3/4 inch plywood and 2x4's for the main box/frame. A couple rolls of 20" aluminum flashing to line the box with. So next is to figure out how to do the lid/charcoal holder! Thats how I get in trouble design as I build!!! I will try to get some pics and maybe even draw a plan with my measurements in case anybody else wants to try one, if it works out.

Mark

californiasmokin
03-16-2010, 02:58 PM
I got one of these started this last weekend. Ran into a couple snags mostly poor planning on my part (Good thing I had a scrap of plywood laying around!). any way I used 3/4 inch plywood and 2x4's for the main box/frame. A couple rolls of 20" aluminum flashing to line the box with. So next is to figure out how to do the lid/charcoal holder! Thats how I get in trouble design as I build!!! I will try to get some pics and maybe even draw a plan with my measurements in case anybody else wants to try one, if it works out.

Mark

That would be awesome if you could Mark!!:thumbs up:

WALLE
03-17-2010, 10:09 PM
Dang! Finally a chance to show off mine! This is a home built job - WITH a smoke box - that's the key - otherwise you're just cooking with a big dutch oven, which is extremely delish!

Check this out. I'd be happy to answer questions if ya have them... just about everything I have is scrapped together and home built..

My little one
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0167.jpg


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0170.jpg

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0171.jpg


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0185.jpg

My big one - this would definitely cook a whole hog
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0179.jpg

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0180.jpg

Shotgun smoker for this one
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0182.jpg

Bubblehead
03-18-2010, 01:29 AM
Very cool toys! I seriously want one of those.

WALLE
03-18-2010, 06:20 AM
These intrigue me too. Only I would like to try to build one. I know people have built them, but I haven't really seen any dimensions or plans on the web for them.

Mark

MRH - the key to your operation will be the lid. If you look close at the La Cajun one, the lid is recessed into the box/counter sunk. That's where I ended up wih mine as well. Don't know if you have a welder or have access to one, but I used angle iron - at least 1/4" and I think 1/8" plate to build both of mine. Too thick and you don't get good heat transfer, to thin and it warps real bad. Tried to fix that with my big one by putting the "struts" down the side of the lid.

As you can see, I've just used an old refigerator for my little one, and found an old warming oven for my big one - they are insulated and really retain the heat.

Here are better shots of the lids I've built.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0168.jpg

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/Cajun%20Microwave/IMG_0183.jpg

Here's a very rough diagram I did a while back
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/CajunMicrowaveInstructions.jpg

I use charcoal for mine, my dad builds a fire on his.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy293/tgarchar/IMG_0327.jpg

Good luck on your build - the wood will work great, I've got a friend who has one built out of wood.

Tracey

MRH IA
03-18-2010, 08:27 AM
Tracey,

Thanks a bunch for the post, it helped me decide a few things. Yes I do have a welder and now I plan on doing pretty much what you did for the lid. I was leaning that way before, using andle iron but my question was how thick of plate to use for the bottom. I was thinking 1/8" now you have confirmed that for me. I can see I need to make a smoke box also.. I probably will have some more questions for you before I ma done and maybe some on actually cooking on it.

Thanks,
Mark

MRH IA
03-20-2010, 04:37 PM
Everybody here is what I have so far...... I still need to build the lid/charcoal pan. I just picked up some angle iron and a piece of plate steel this morning. I figure that I will make handle like a towel holder and hook on to the end opposite of the wheels so when you lift it up to move the wheels will be on the ground and the legs off. Also will give it a coat of paint too. Then to make a rack for the inside.... Price just keeps going up!!! This thing better work!

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i37/MRH1962/CajunMicrowave2.jpg


http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i37/MRH1962/CajunMicrowave.jpg

Mark

RedWolf
04-18-2010, 05:16 PM
I joined the Joint a few days ago to get some ideas on how to build a UDS. I have never had an original idea so I have to rely on others.:laughing-smiley-014

I noticed this discussion about cajun microwave and thought I would post a few pics of the one I built last year. Again, I copied everything and had none of my own input in the design. :monkey:
http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz165/Jsing/Cajun%20Microwave/004.jpg

http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz165/Jsing/Cajun%20Microwave/005.jpg

http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz165/Jsing/Cajun%20Microwave/006.jpg

http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz165/Jsing/wolf-1.gif

SmokyOkie
04-18-2010, 05:27 PM
two questions-How do you clean the inside, and what keeps the wood around the edge of the charcoal tray from burning?

RedWolf
04-18-2010, 08:44 PM
two questions-How do you clean the inside, and what keeps the wood around the edge of the charcoal tray from burning?

I usually place some heavy duty foil on the bottom and curl up the edges to make a lip to catch the meat drippings, but you can cook a lot of stuff other than meat. I have only cleaned the inside one time and just used some easy off oven cleaner and hosed it out.

The inside has has a liner made from sheet metal that I dropped in and there is a slight dead air space between it and the wood which seems to work.

It is not real large. The inside cooking area is 22 x 16 x 16. It is kind of like cooking in a big dutch oven.

dads grill
04-29-2010, 01:22 PM
I built one with the charcoal on the lid but was using alot of charcoal. So I drilled a hole in the side at the bottom and put a heating element in it. Keeps around 225 degrees. Mines 4 feet by 2ft by 2ft. I dont post much but I like the looks of the ones you guys made so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in

PigCicles
04-29-2010, 01:28 PM
I built one with the charcoal on the lid but was using alot of charcoal. So I drilled a hole in the side at the bottom and put a heating element in it. Keeps around 225 degrees. Mines 4 feet by 2ft by 2ft. I dont post much but I like the looks of the ones you guys made so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in

:kewlpics: :D

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