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Topic: My pan roasting experiment -- slightly OT (85 lines)
1) From: Tim Schutt
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LOVE that show!! I haven't seen that particular episode yet, but that  
sure sounds like it may have potential. I've been known to do more  
than one of his contraptions with pretty good success each time. The  
current one that I'm working on is the back-yard smoker made out of a  
couple of terra-cotta pots, a hot plate, and a cooling rack. I think  
I need to employ a variac though because my pots are just a bit too  
small for the hot plate (can't get to the temp control easily) and I  
suspect that it draws too much current to put a simple dimmer switch  
inline (any electricians care to chime in?).
I'm waiting for him to revisit coffee and do a home roasting show.  
Seems like a perfect topic for him to spear-head.
Let me know how you make out with the mods on the Toastmaster. The  
top of mine is melting a bit more with each roast, so I'm getting  
more and more tempted to start tweaking the thing with each batch.
T.
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LOVE that show!! I haven't seen that particular =
episode yet, but that sure sounds like it may have potential. I've been =
known to do more than one of his contraptions with pretty good success =
each time. The current one that I'm working on is the back-yard smoker =
made out of a couple of terra-cotta pots, a hot plate, and a cooling =
rack. I think I need to employ a variac though because my pots are just =
a bit too small for the hot plate (can't get to the temp control easily) =
and I suspect that it draws too much current to put a simple dimmer =
switch inline (any electricians care to chime in?).
I'm waiting for him to = revisit coffee and do a home roasting show. Seems like a perfect topic = for him to spear-head.
Let me know how you make = out with the mods on the Toastmaster. The top of mine is melting a bit = more with each roast, so I'm getting more and more tempted to start = tweaking the thing with each batch.
T. Speaking of drum roasting, I was = watching Good Eats (best show on TV) the other day and Alton was making = Gyros.  He fashioned up = an indoor rotisserie using two of those electric grill starters (look = like a big loop of metal, you know the ones) and a rotisserie = motor.  I'm wondering if = two of those would put out enough heat to roast maybe 1/2lb or so in a = drum fashioned out of cans like you mention.  The rig he made was vertical, = but flipping it sideways should be pretty easy.  I live in a second floor = apartment with no balcony so my hopes of a 4lb RK drum on a gas grill = are all but dashed until we buy a a house.  I enjoy my Toastmaster, = though it runs hot (4 minute roasts are the norm).  I'm going to do some mods on = it soon, but the hacker in me is always looking for more. Thanks = everyone
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