Final assembly is complete...we now have a 2-layer cake!This worked out beautifully! I even impressed myself with this part...a godd chilling @ ~20*F for 30+ minutes and the stage was set.
Here's the pair...the left is the lower layer, still covered with poly:
And, presto! I matched the pans up with the lower layer being raised and tilted slightly...as I began to increase the angle of the pan I also increased the speed at which I was tilting...when the pan was coming past 90 degrees, I just kept up the acceleration of the motion and it settled down within an 1/8" of centered...a slight shift and it was time for seam sealing:
Here, I'm gently lifting up the poly wrap, beginning with the bottom pan, then the top, so I can ease the top pan up slightly to reveal the open seam of the two separate meats:
All sealed up...I didn't use any additional sausage for the sealing process...time will tell if this was a mistake or not...to seal the seam up, I used one finger at a time and just touched the seam and pulled the lower meat up and the upper meat down, then worked slightly from side-to-side to join it up...felt and looked like it took really well...time will tell...:
OK, I'm breathing much easier now! LOL!!!
I have it in the freezer now, still in the pans. The cake is in an inverted position right now...for a reason...I have to place the smoker grate on top of the bottom layer after the pan/poly wrap is removed. The, I invert the grate and cake simultaneously (again, without destroying the entire masterpiece), remove the last pan and poly, and then hit a very hot smoker while the meat is still set-up well from the freezer. This should firm up the exterior meat quick enough (I hope) to help it all hold together without bad sagging issues or a side-wall blow-out.
Now, it's time for me to take final measures to assure the success of this project's outcome. I have 5 20# LPG tanks and only one has any left at all, and it's not very much. So, I'm off to the bulk propane distributor which is about 5 minutes drive away from my house for a refill or 2.
Man, this is going great folks! I'm so excited to be sharing another totally off-the-wall and wild ride through the thin blue smoke with everyone here!
Back ASAP with the final stage and start of the smoke!