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Spit Roaster in action with a full pan of hot coals and cooking a full gyros to perfection

Spit Roaster Maintenance Guide

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Mastering Motor and Shaft Maintenance

Spit roasters have revolutionised the way we cook and enjoy meats, infusing them with tantalising flavours and succulent tenderness. At the core of this cooking marvel lies the motor and shaft, the dynamic duo responsible for the consistent rotation that ensures even cooking and mouthwatering results. To keep your spit roaster performing at its peak, regular maintenance of the motor and shaft is paramount. In this section, we'll delve into the nitty-gritty of motor and shaft care, ensuring your grilling creations remain impeccable.

Spit Roaster Motor | Close up side view of just the motor with 240v plug

Inspect Regularly

Begin your motor and shaft maintenance routine with regular inspections. Over time, wear and tear can lead to rust, misalignment, or other issues that impact performance. Look for any signs of frayed wires, corrosion, or excessive play in the shaft. These visual cues can provide valuable insights into the health of your spit roaster.

Lubricate for Smooth Rotation

Smooth rotation is the essence of a perfectly cooked spit-roasted dish. To achieve this, proper lubrication is key. Use a food-safe lubricant to grease the gears and bearings of the shaft. However, exercise caution not to over-lubricate, as excess grease can attract dirt and debris, potentially causing more harm than good. A thin, even layer of lubricant will suffice to maintain optimal performance.

Secure Connections

Imagine the disappointment of a motor suddenly disconnecting from the shaft mid-cook. To prevent such mishaps, regularly check and secure all connections between the motor and shaft. Tighten bolts, nuts, and fasteners as needed to ensure everything is firmly in place. Loose connections not only disrupt the cooking process but can also pose safety hazards.

Address Misalignment

Misalignment can occur due to various factors, such as rough handling or repeated use. If you notice that the motor and shaft are not aligned properly, take immediate action. Misalignment can lead to uneven cooking and inconsistent results. Consult your spit roaster's manual or contact the manufacturer for guidance on realigning the components.

Spit Roaster | full view of spit cooking a gyros under flaming hot coals

Clean and Protect

During your maintenance routine, don't forget to clean the motor and shaft. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away any grease, dust, or food residue that might have accumulated. For tougher grime, consider using a mild soapy solution, taking care to avoid water seeping into the motor's sensitive components.

Charcoal Pan Care: Ensuring Longevity and Flavour in Your Spit Roaster

The captivating aroma of sizzling meats and the smoky essence that defines spit-roasted delicacies can be attributed to the humble yet pivotal component: the charcoal pan. This essential part of your spit roaster is responsible for infusing your dishes with that irresistible smoky flavour. To preserve its effectiveness and extend its lifespan, proper charcoal pan maintenance and cleaning are paramount. In this section, we'll explore the intricacies of charcoal pan care, allowing you to continue enjoying those perfectly cooked, flavourful creations.

Spit Roaster | top view showing just the charcoal pan

Proper Disposal of Ash and Charcoal

The end of a big feast marks the beginning of the charcoal pan maintenance process. Once your cooking is complete and the charcoal has cooled down completely, ensure you dispose of ash and any remaining charcoal responsibly. Safely remove the ash from the pan, making sure it's fully extinguished, before disposing of it in accordance with local regulations.

Scrubbing Away Residue

The journey to maintaining a clean charcoal pan starts with thorough scrubbing. After each use, grab a hard brush to gently scrub away grease, food particles, and residue that may have accumulated during cooking. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup that can obstruct proper heat distribution and lead to uneven cooking results.

Spit Roaster | Cleaning pack showing stainless steel wipes, micro-fibre cloth, BBQ cleaner, and write brush

Rust Prevention and Management:

The charcoal pan, often exposed to moisture and high temperatures, can be susceptible to rust over time. Preventing and managing rust is crucial to extending its lifespan. Keep the charcoal pan dry at all times, storing it in a cool, well-ventilated area. If you notice rust forming, gently remove it using steel wool, being careful not to scratch the surface. Afterward, apply a heat-resistant paint or coating to safeguard against further corrosion.

Periodic Deep Cleaning

While regular scrubbing is essential, periodic deep cleaning is equally important. Depending on how often you use your spit roaster, consider a more thorough cleaning routine. Remove the charcoal pan and wash it with warm soapy water. Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub away any stubborn residue. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before reattaching it to the spit roaster.

Storing for the Future

When not in use, proper storage can significantly contribute to the charcoal pan's longevity. Ensure it's completely dry before storing it to prevent rust formation. If possible, store the charcoal pan indoors or under a cover that shields it from the elements. Consider placing a moisture-absorbing packet near the pan to further ward off dampness.

Spit Roaster | front view of waterproof cover on spit

Stainless Steel Care for Your Spit Roaster

Regular Wiping

After each cook up, take a moment to wipe down all stainless-steel components. Using a soft, damp cloth, gently remove grease, food residue, and marinade splatters. Regular wiping prevents these substances from accumulating and potentially corroding the stainless-steel surface over time.

Avoid Abrasives

While the durability of stainless steel is impressive, it's not invulnerable to scratches. When cleaning, avoid using abrasive scouring pads, steel wool, or harsh chemicals. Instead, opt for gentle cleaning solutions like mild soapy water or specialised stainless-steel cleaners. Use a soft cloth or sponge to ensure a thorough yet safe cleaning process.

Polishing for Protection

To truly elevate the appearance of your spit roaster, periodic polishing is a must. Stainless steel polish not only restores the radiant shine but also creates a protective layer that guards against fingerprints, water spots, and stains. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the polish and apply it with a soft cloth, working in the direction of the grain for best results.

Spit Roaster | Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish

Tackling Stubborn Stains

While stainless steel is known for its resilience, it's not immune to stubborn stains. If you encounter a particularly tough mark, create a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain, allowing it to sit for a few minutes before gently scrubbing with a soft cloth. Rinse thoroughly and dry to reveal the stainless steels brilliance.

Preventing Pitting and Corrosion

Pitting, those small, localized areas of corrosion, can mar the appearance of your stainless-steel components. To prevent this, avoid leaving acidic substances like citrus juices or vinegar in contact with the stainless steel for extended periods. Promptly wipe away any spills to maintain the integrity of the surface.


Remember, spit roaster maintenance isn't just a chore, it's an investment in your future cooking adventures. With each wipe, scrub, and inspection, you're setting the stage for countless feasts filled with incredible flavors and unforgettable moments.

As you embrace these maintenance practices, your spit roaster will not only remain a functional cooking tool but also a testament to your dedication as a grilling enthusiast. So, fire up the grill, savour the flavours, and take pride in the care you bring upon your spit roaster, a true gateway to mouthwatering perfection.

Now if you want to go further and delve into everything you need to know about spit roasters, check out our Ultimate Guide here

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Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper, a licenced electrician is an avid foodie, with experience in spit roasting, smoking meats, and kegerators. He loves the outdoor living lifestyle and shares it with his young family.

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