5′ section of 4″ schedule 40 PVC pipe
4″ PVC cap
3″ PVC cap
4″ slip on threaded collar
4″ threaded plug
3/8 x 4″ stainless steel eye bolt
2x – 3/8″ nuts and washers
PVC primer and glue
2-5′ of #2/0 chain
2x – 1/8″ quick links
1/4 x 2″ ring
3 1/2 x 5/8″ snap hook
t-post or some type of stake at least 2′ long to attach finished pipe to
People build these in many different ways and out of many different materials and we’re going to show you a simple way to build your own here.
All of these items should be available at your local hardware store. These are just the items we used and if you’re handy you can see how we put this together and you can replace some pieces with alternate parts so that you can take advantage of stuff you already have laying around.
The PVC we bought was in a 10′ section so the first thing we had to do was cut it in half.
The End Cap and Holes
First we’re going to build the screw in cap. We were building two pig pipes so in a few of the pictures there’s twice as many parts as you’ll need to just build one but you can see how it goes together.
- Drill a hole in the center of the threaded plug that’s just large enough for your eye bolt to fit through.
- attach the eye bolt using a washer and nut on either side and tightening securely.
- Now take the swiveling snap hook and attach it to the eye bolt and then attach the other end to the chain using a quick link.
- The screw in cap end is now complete and the only thing left for this section is to attach the ring using the other quick link to the loose end of the chain.
- Now you need to drill four 5/8″ holes in the pipe. The holes should be spaced approximate 1 foot apart and drilled 90 degrees off from each other. When finished you should have one hole on each side of the pipe.
The False Bottom
In our pipe we wanted to install a false bottom. What this does is create a little “pocket” at the end of the pipe that you can partially fill with gravel. If your pipe every does run out of corn the hogs will still be able to smell the left over corn scent and when they roll the pipe the sound of the gravel rolling around will trick them into thinking that there is still some corn left. It won’t fool them forever but it’s an easy way to get a slight edge and any edge you can get in hunting is good.
- First you’ll take the 3″ PVC cap and you’ll primer the outside of it. At this time you’ll also primer the inside of your 4″ PVC pipe.
- After you give that a minute to dry put some PVC glue on the inside of the pipe and press the cap inside of it. It should fit in perfectly and the glue will hold it in place in seconds.
- Take the already assembled screw in cap assembly and attach it to the other end of the pipe using primer and glue. Take care not to get any glue on the threads for the threaded plug because this is how you’ll fill the feeder with corn.
Building a Metal Stake
You can use a t-post or other type of stake but we opted to build our own using a stake we found at the hardware store and welding a piece of scrap angle iron to the top of it that we had laying around. The angle iron is used to cap the stake the prevent the ring from being able to slip off of it when it’s hammered into the ground. A t-post is tall enough that this piece isn’t necessary.
You’re finished! All that’s left is to find a good spot to setup your pig pipe, fill it with corn, stake it down and get ready to hunt!