Hi Debi, is there somewhere on this site that you could (if you were willing) share your sausage making experience with us. We've ordered a (whole!) beefie for later this week and DW seems keen on trying to make some. Karen, I was directed to use 'sewer' pipe as it has thicker and therefore stronger walls. Never been used of course! Did you drill holes in the sides? If so, how densely and how large?