How to build your Caja China

So you have finally received your very own caja asadora on your front steps…now what? Don’t let the two boxes intimidate you, the assembly of this box is very simple and should take you no more than 20-30 minutes. Rest assured everything you need to assemble is already included, grad an electric drill and make some space, I am providing you with pictures and instructions to help you through the process. You will be roasting in your new cajun microwave before you know it!

Remove all items from the boxes and lay them out, make sure you have all the pieces and look over the instruction sheet. I like to keep the items grouped together (panels with panels, the wheels together..etc) as it makes it easier to locate the item you will need next. Place any accessories, such as the top grill or rotisserie kit, to one side as you will only need those once you are ready to cook your first pig.


Step 1: Attaching the wheels

Grab the end panel with the pre-drilled holes at the bottom of the legs. Take the hexagon bolt and insert washer followed by the 1st wheel and insert it to one of the holes at the bottom of the leg, secure with a locknut. Repeat for the other leg.


Step 2: Attaching end panels to the bottom panel

MAKE SURE ALL METAL SIDES FACE INWARD. Take one end panel and place it at one end of the bottom panel where the holes align. Inset 2 inch bolts through the holes with washers flush to the wood on the underside. Tighten with wing nuts. Repeat on the other side with the second end panel. You should now have two legs, two wheels and a base, your lacajachina is starting to take shape.


Step 3: Attaching the long side panels

MAKE SURE ALL METAL SIDES FACE INWARD. Grab one panel and line up the holes, insert 2 inch bolts through the holes with washers flush to the wood on the underside. Tighten with wing nuts. You should now have a box with the metal sides facing inside. 


Step 4: Securing the long sides

Attach the large metal rails to the long side panels. Insert bolts through holes were indicated and place a washer inside and outside, flush against the panel, tighten with a wing nut.


Step 5: Securing the end panels

Take the short rails and snap onto the end panels.


Step 6: Lay the drip tray inside the box followed by the double racks.



Step 7: Final touches

The ash pan will lay on the rails on the top of the box and the charcoal grill will lay on top of the ash pan. Make sure you have placed the handles on each side of the ash pan and charcoal grill. Fix the metal handles to the end of the roasting box where the holes indicate, they should go on the end without the wheels for easy movement of your cajun microwave


Congratulations, you are ready to start roasting!

I like to suggest a pre-burn of your new box prior to cooking your first meal. Wipe down the inside of the box with oil and do a dry burn, nothing should be inside the box, place your coals on the charcoal grill and burn for approximately an hour. Now you are really ready to start enjoying some great meals with the new member of your family, La Caja China!



~ by mmasters305 on January 24, 2013.

6 Responses to “How to build your Caja China”

  1. .. where does the amazing smoker get placed ..? or how do you attach the electric smoker..

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for joining the community! The A-Maze-N Smoker can be placed on top of the top rack inside the box when roasting. It helps to remove the short rails that create the lip on top of the box that the ash pan rests on when smoking with the A-Maze-N Smokers. This allows for better air circulation. The Smoke Pistols, on the other hand, are attached to the outside of the box by drilling a small hole into one of the long sides and attaching the smoker using the included bracket. The Pistol come with full attachment instructions. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any more questions regarding your Caja China, and happy roasting!

      Mat Masters

  2. That appears to be galvanized steel, which is dangerous around food when the steel is heated to high temps. The description states it is built with stainless steel, but that looks like cheaper galvanized steel.

    • Hi Glenn,

      There are currently galvanized steel and aluminum lined models on the market. They have been on the market for over 25 years. We have used both for events, as well as for family gatherings and have had great results. We do not state that any of the units are lined with stainless steel, though stainless steel may be used on the racks that hold the meat. We appreciate you checking out the blog. Good luck with your building project, if that is how you got here!

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