Lemme Tell Y’All ’bout This Pig

G’day from our little bit of paradise.
A number of very useful, but also extremely cool things have been gifted to us these past few days. The ‘Legend Of The North’ aka ‘The Guitarist’ dropped in yesterday with a few items. Before I get to that subject, have I mentioned that we’ve been collecting ‘Bernie Beads’ (?) for a workmate? She is making door curtains, but as an arch-way style with the beads. Check the first photo. She’s also making other stuff with them. I’ve used them as dongers for my wind chimes and made one bamboo ‘bell’ with a bead suspended in the hollow. You’ll see it in the middle of that bamboo mobile/chime in the pics. Anyway, I’ve collected about a thousand so far. Maybe more. As a thankyou, she shouted us a carton of Coopers Sparkling Ale. So that was the first cool gift we received.
OK, back on track. This pig. Hottest thing this side of Marble Bar!
I’ve heard about ‘pigs’ before. Our nephew was going to make one as a project during his Boiler Maker Apprenticeship. But the criteria for the assignment said it had to be scratch built. So, he scratch built a Pot Belly style wood heater that had a top big enough to boil a billy or sit a wok. It was octagonal and created from 1/8 inch plate steel.
But it was not a ‘Pig’.
The Pig is made from a gas bottle. Apparently you can buy these down South for about $400.
Our Pig is The Legend Of The Norths first go at creating a Fire Pig. I reckon it’s The Ducks Nuts. Depending on how you ventilate it, you can do anything from fry bacon to making damper on a stick. Or even cooking a roast inside it. Or a cake!
The beauty of the Pig, is that everything packs inside itself. The legs unscrew and go inside the belly. As will the ‘tail’ aka chimney when we modify it. Once packed, it sits inside a milk crate.
We’re slowly modifying the fire break to accommodate the Pig and the fold up grill plate that The Legend also gave us.
Now, I can’t promise anything, but The Legend Of The North *may* make these to order. Maybe. The price will be around 2/3 what you’d expect. Comment if you’re interested and I’ll ask him. He’s making one for his shack that will be made from a big gas bottle. It’s going to have a dedicated oven and water heater. He’s clever this lad.

Tina has been making a plethora of mobiles and chimes. Have look at the pics. The leg band was made for me. The shell is woven into the vine. She is creating some pretty cool stuff. We’re planning on a market stall soon.
I would talk more, but I have more photos to show you. So rather than bog this down with too many images, I’ll make another post another soon. It’ll have ship wrecks and stuff!




  1. July 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Stop, please translate for a poor illiterate American: would a gas bottle be what we call a propane tank? “It’s the Ducks Nuts” is like saying something is unique or cool, like what my mother used to call “the bees’ knees?”

    I have no idea what “making a damper on a stick” is. Or “boil a billy.” I can guess, somewhat, but as I told 1petermcc and snowy, sometimes Australian sounds like a foreign language, at least to me. Please explain! And thanks.

    • 1petermcc said,

      July 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks for pointing me towards this blog HG.

      If a propane tank is a small gas bottle that commonly fuels a Barbie (the outdoor cooking device) then you are ‘on the money” (correct). Correct on the Ducks too.

      A damper is a bread made from flour, salt, and milk if available. Mixed into a dough it can be wrapped around a stick for cooking. It came about when swaggies (unemployed gentlemen searching for work) wandered around the Bush in the Depression. Often accompanied by “acquired” meat which is the story behind Waltzing Matilda.

      Boiling a billy is a metal container with a wire handle that sits in a fire boiling water for a nice cuppa tea. The correct way to have that cuppa is in a tin mug, no milk, and a generous amount of sugar. In no way should it resemble that Pommie Twinings experience of High Tea.

      If you want a real challenge then read some Kiwi (New Zealander) material. A “kick to death” is a polystyrene container that holds ice and beer. Traditional Aussies call it an eski. (I assume that has something to do with an Eskimo.

      • July 4, 2011 at 3:19 am

        Thank you, Peter! You spared me from spending a whole night trying to google “Australian slang terms.”

        There was a brand of cooler back in the 70s called Eskimo. Eskimo isn’t used nowadays because it’s now considered a politically incorrect term in North America. The word actually means “barbarian” or “savage.” The official word these days is Inuit, meaning “the people.” So no more Eskimo Pies in the ice cream freezer, alas. I’ve noticed in the UK and former British colonies that people use brand names to describe an appliance—hoover for vacuum cleaner, Frigidaire for refrigerator.

        Last night after watching the Tour de France, I saw a video short about a bicycle messenger from New Zealand who aspires to become a professional bike racer. I confess I could barely understand her, even after turning up the volume: all the words ending in the “-er” sound, like picture, after, better, etc. were slurred until they sounded like single syllable words. Once I figured it out, I understood her somewhat better. But it makes me want to apply for a grant so I can study Australian and New Zealand dialects. There must be a book in that subject that needs to be written!

        • 1petermcc said,

          July 4, 2011 at 8:18 am

          I had no idea Eskimo was a word to upset the social engineers until reading your reply. They are still available in Oz and even celebrated their 100 th birthday here back in 2007. Wikipedia tells me a tourist complained about the name in NZ but was ignored by all and sundry. I hate to think what would be left if every race and religion could put their non-preferred words off limits. Having said that, I do think the recent renaming of a Queensland sports oval away from Nigger was okay.

          We Aussies like to tease New Zealanders over their accent. The test to apply if you are not sure if you are in conversation with one is to cause them to pronounce the six. If it sounds like sex, you have a South Pacific Pom on your hands.

          My favorite Aussie accent comes from the Far North Queenslanders. Lovely folk who speak at about half the speed of us Southerners. It seems quite the reverse of the US and I wonder if the hotter climate is involved. Might be worth studying when you score that grant. 😉

      • Brad said,

        July 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

        You can be the official Greenbus translator petermcc!

    • Brad said,

      July 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

      No worries 🙂 1: Yes, a propane tank. 2: Bees knees are the ducks nuts 🙂 3: Damper on a stick. Check about 4 posts back. It’s a basic bread dough shaped onto a thick stick and baked over coals. It ends up like a hollow bread.

  2. 1petermcc said,

    July 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Should have spell checked before posting.

    …pronounce the number 6.

  3. GOF said,

    July 5, 2011 at 8:05 am

    That’s the coolest pig I’ve ever seen…..and I love the nighttime pic of it under a full head of steam.
    My neighbours around here have pig-stoves made out of truck brake-drums…one on top of the other with a chimney pipe out the top……heater and stove in one.

    • Brad said,

      July 5, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Our Legend of the North wants to make one of them too GOF!

  4. Lauri said,

    July 6, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Well, I have learned a LOT here today! Thanks to all! 😉

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