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Roast Chicken - Waterwheel - Spit Roast

Aussie123

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Ever since watching Felix, I've wanted to build a waterwheel to roast a chicken:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSpfMtPRUfk
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Construction:
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The wheel and driveshaft:
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Conclusion:
This was a fun project, BUT there was insufficient flow in the river to really turn the paddles, esp when loaded.
I tried to build a small rock wall to channel the water flow, but to work properly I think a "serious" constriction in the river is needed to produce enough force to turn the wheel, esp when loaded.

However I resorted the old manual spit. Or as I call it "Chicken on a stick" :

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We stuffed half a lemon into the cavity, and a handful of Mountain Pepper Berry leaves.
I secured the chook with some string.

Roasted for 2 - 3 hours, manually rotating every so often as we walked past (every 5 to 10 mins I guess)
Added some corn cobs, spuds and capsicum too:
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I think I can honestly say this was the Bust Chicken Ever !
Very tender and juicy with a subtle lemon and sweet peppery-ness. A hint of smoke too.

Delicious:
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And after dinner, the waterwheel was finally put to good use :
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Very impressive Aussie! Nice job on the paddles joining the wheel
 

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Brilliant stuff!

How big a river for a Christmas turkey?
 
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