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Topic: turbo beast pictures! (7 msgs / 187 lines)
1) From: petzul
Hi Everyone,
Johnny Kent has expended untold effort and earns my undying appreciation 
and gratitude for helping me with this project and actually editing the 
pictures I sent him and lending me his site that he posted them on.
These pics will not be on his site forever, so I need to learn how to 
make it happen on my own, but here is the URL for all to see. Yup, the 
Turbo Beast is ugly, but it works just fine.http://members.cox.net/fullcity/PetzulPeterZ
Happily roasting coffee by the pound and more, with electricity only, here in Lake Havasu City, AZ!

2) From: Gary Townsend
Congratulations Pete, you are getting an A+ for Effort, A for
Operations, C+ for Looks! HaHaHa, this is great! So, you are roasting
with something that you made, yourself! That is cool...
You said that you wanted to heat up the bowl, and the bread machine
has a heating element, right? Maybe you could link a switch that you
can wire into the bread machines heating coil with a toggle switch?
replace the bread machine's electronics. Wire it up like an original
stir crazy...
Chaff control?
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3) From: Ed Needham
Practically any new idea gets a 'mock-up' that looks like yours as a 'proof 
of concept' before committing to the $$$ to make it pretty.  I'd say you 
forged some new territory with the mating of the two ideas.  Getting the 
thing 'pretty' on the next iteration might create a marketable product.
Considerations for the next version...
Smoke-- so it could be used indoors
Shape of stirrer--to maximize agitation
Controls--to maximize repeatability and ease of use
Safety--to keep it from becoming a flaming tower of terror in one's kitchen
Great job!
If Johnny gets tired of hosting it, I'd be happy to add it to the 
Homeroaster,com collection.
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4) From: Jared Andersson
Great roaster Peter.  You tackled a lot of the little problems that
have tripped me up on my own franken roaster attempts.  I am feeling
inspired.  Jared
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5) From: petzul
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Hi Gary, thanks for your enthusiasm :)
The original heating element is something that should be considered. It 
is small and will be beefy enough. I just need to think about how to 
suspend it inside the bowl. It was originally outside of the bread 
chamber which does not exist now, and inside the firewall, which has 
been highly modified. There is no place for it where it once was.
The problem I see is getting the heating element into the unit and have 
the wire connections not get toasted. That is why I was thinking of 
something I could poke through, like maybe a charcoal fire starter, or 
the heating element from one of those table top rotisseries. Hooked to a 
switch, or a Variac :) (Gotta love Variacs ;) )
This is a slow process, because I like to test everything before I take 
the next step, and I hate to ruin something that works! Sounds like I 
need another bread machine huh, so I can move forward in my usual way.. 
one forward, two back... and still be able to roast :)
There is another Welbuilt just like this one at the thrift store...
The electronics may not last forever anyway. Already the led display is 
not visible. However, it still runs the motor and I never look at the 
display anyway. That even could have died while the panel was hanging 
off it. Like there are fifty or so wires running from the control panel 
to the electronics. I am just happy it mixes.
Chaff control? Smoke control?  he he he....
Some of the chaff burns up when it gets pulled through the GG, but the 
bulk of it dissipates in the cooling process. Just aim a 1850 watt hair 
dryer at it after the GG is removed.
Hold the no heat button  and the chaff just leaves quickly :) Cools the 
beans quick also. Leave it stirring.
So far I have not been motivated to try any chaff control. When roasting 
600 Gr of coffee a lot of just plain smoke is generated. Best to do it 
outdoors.
Any ideas on chaff and smoke control are welcome. The Probat guys must 
control it somehow, or any other large capacity roaster. Do they?
It is hard to imagine using this on the counter in my own shop... sure 
would be something to watch. Guess I could use it under a restaurant 
stove hood.
Gary Townsend wrote:
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6) From: Johnny Kent
At 09:30 AM 1/19/2005 -0500, Ed wrote:
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My only concerns are not to go over the monthly bandwdith limit that cox
sets and have enough room for my own stuff...

7) From: Gary Townsend
Pete, you pioneered a new direction, I'll be ripping mine apart when i
get some free time, which usually equates to the end of  NFL football
season! I had a little 'session' with my GG and fixed a few problems
as it was broken, anyway. The cover, (cheap plastic) broke away from
it's 3 mounts, and I decided to restore operation, and chuck the
cover. I removed the timer, gone...and then I removed the handle
switch and replaced it with a spare toggle switch, mounted to an L
shaped bracket. A few zip ties later, and the handle was
re-installed...it looks like an Iraqi UFO...but it works fine. I
opened up the rest of the machine, to remove the rest of the broken
'studs' that held the original cover in place, and I had to remove the
heating element to allow enough room for the screws to roll out.
I noticed a few things. The thing is a just a heater with a good motor
and decent fan, and a little temp controller. I'm not an electrician,
but i can install light fixtures and took a basic electricity course a
few years back.
Felix sent a page with a variable AC Fan Controller that might be
adaptable to this project....
I was going to make 1 for 1 of my poppery's hehehe anyway...
On Wed, 19 Jan 2005 15:22:11 -0700, petzul  wrote:
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Operations, C+
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with something that
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You said that you wanted to heat up the
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has a heating element, right? Maybe you could
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can wire into the bread machines heating coil with a
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replace the bread machine's electronics. Wire it up like an
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stir crazy...
Chaff control?
On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 22:57:45 -0700,
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Johnny Kent has expended untold effort and earns my undying
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and gratitude for helping me with this project and actually
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pictures I sent him and lending me his site that he posted them
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These pics will not be on his site forever, so I need to learn how
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make it happen on my own, but here is the URL for all to see. Yup,
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Turbo Beast is ugly, but it works just
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