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Topic: more Turbo Beast update (2 msgs / 78 lines)
1) From: petzul
Day before Yesterday I finished upgrading the Beast, but perhaps not for 
the last time.
At a local thrift store I had already scored another bread machine like 
this one, and another Galloping Gourmet, like the one I am using.
Great to have back up. :)
I did clean the SS bowl, with elbow grease and a bit of dishwasher 
detergent and simple green, and clorox.
Well, it was half done when I asked about how to do it. Did not find any 
oven cleaner in the garage :(
Forgot to weigh it again after I got the crud off.
Put it back together with the liner pan from a convection oven as a base 
just above the motor section, and another similar pan for the SS bowl to 
poke through.
Connected the two pans with roofing flashing and now it looks a bit like 
R2D2.
It stays cool to the touch through a roast though, and the chamber is 
more responsive!
I noticed right away during the preheat that the temp climbs about twice 
as fast as it did.
The 484 Gr I roasted yesterday was a piece of cake to get to first 
crack, which I was able to hesitate approaching, and lingering between 
first and second was very easy also.
Altogether I was able to relax through the roast and extend it to about 
15 minutes. The result is a much smoother Harrar Horse than I have ever 
had. C likes it also.
Turbo Beast may be PID able.
This is about bullet proof now as far as roasters go. The glass lid that 
holds the GG has been replaced with a Calphalon stock pot lid. This is 
the major source of heat loss, and I am not sure it matters much.
The space between the GG and the edge of the chamber lid  is less than 2 
inches.
There is some air leakage between the lid and the chamber which lets out 
a bit of smoke and chaff, but I think that is okay also.
I was thinking of another project, a next step.
If I want to use another heater to add more power how about one of those 
electric frying pans with the coil built into the aluminum.
Would this help protect from radiant heating?
If not, a shield could easily be mounted on this.
Just need to cut it out like a wagon wheel so the spokes could fit under 
the GG.
Now this would mean that the chamber may need to be bigger.
Costco sells this nice 15 qt SS bowl.  :)  :)
After all, why have all that power if you could not at least roast a bit 
more coffee with it?
PeterZ
Still loving to tinker, here in LHC.

2) From: J.W.Bullfrog
I witneesed this roast and I have to say that the turbo beast is a
pretty nice machine. Good roast time, excellent motion., nice size.
Overall I woud have to say that it can contend with other roasters
that I've seen.
Ben
On Apr 1, 2005 3:40 PM, petzul  wrote:
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Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.


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