Barbecue grills don't typically require eye protection, but then, they're typically not made from a giant TIG welder and an industrial sausage positioner either. That's something these Germans set out to change with the "Electric Grill For Men."
What would you do if you needed to endurance-test a large industrial welding power supply? You'd probably rig up something like the apparatus pictured here, in which a TIG welding torch draws a continuous arc along a slowly rotating piece of aluminum tubing mounted in a work positioner normally used for pipe welding. As the long weld bead is laid down, the power supply is tested to verify that it can maintain its rated output and duty cycle without melting down. In the process, a great deal of heat is generated.
What would you do if you hated to see all of that heat going to waste? And furthermore, if you loved sausage?
Here is the "Elektrogrill für Männer", or Electric Grill For Men, constructed from an industrial welder.
The sausage comes after just 5 minutes into the slowly rotating tube.
Now where the barbecue was really hot, the sausage was ruck-zuck finished.
Yes, this is a barbecue for men: Equipment for around 100,000 euros, with glaring lights of dangerous UV radiation, acrid smoke (the whole hall smelled of meat verbrutzeltem), flying red-hot metal splash, plus an animal noise.
Of the finished sausage dish, unfortunately, there's no picture - the greed, eat the stuff was in all parties greater than reason.
Do not, under any circumstances, miss the full Google-translated, write-up of this project.
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