Ever wonder how Quiznos and Pizza Hut cook their food perfectly every time? It’s due to automation. You too can develop this type of automation on your own home grill with a simple conveyor system! Here’s how.
Cut four 2” sections and two 5” sections of the multipurpose 1”x3”x1/8” aluminum angle. The four 2” sections will comprise the upright supports for the bearings while the 5” sections will make the bases on each end.
I chose to use 1"x3"x1/8" angle. Alternative angle dimensions can also be used. For example, a 2"x2" angle is shown in the picture.
I found that with softer varieties of aluminum, a basic hacksaw is sufficient for cutting purposes.
Alternate materials may be used for this purpose. However, alternate materials must be sufficient to handle the heat associated with the grilling application.
Insert the woven cloth around the two shafts as shown.
The two ends of the woven cloth (conveyor material) can be secured together with simple wires.
This is a critical step for two reasons. First, the woven clother needs to remain taut for adequate operation. Secondly, the two ends of the woven cloth need to be stitched together as seamlessly as possible. This will ensure that the converyor material travels smoothly when the shafts are rotated.