I've got black pigs; does the color come off easily? How do you scrape a pig and get a good result?
You can see the metal garbage can and propane torch setup that I use to heat the water in the left of the picture above. it takes about an hour to bring 30 gallons to a boil.
Scraping a pig:
The platform that holds the pig should be right about waist high. you don't want to have to stoop down to scrape the pig. Freight pallets make a GREAT scraping platform on top of a couple of cheap sawhorses.
Don't use water that is less than boiling, and start the scraping process very soon after the pig is killed.
Pour water on a small area, get that area completely done before you move on to the next area.
Don't dunk the pig -- areas that have heated and cooled will "set" the hair, and it'll be much more difficult to remove. You will also partially cook the skin, which makes it much softer and you'll end up splitting the skin if you do this.
Finish the scrape by either shaving or singeing the few hairs that remain.
This pig was scraped in about 45 minutes by these two fellows, and this was the first pig that they've ever scraped.
...try to convince as many people as you can to help you scrape. It's a group activity.
19 hours ago