Hi All, Thought I'd share my latest idea for a cooling vessel.... I have a large mesh steel colander that I have been using atop a high velocity whole-house air circulator (big fan) to cool beans with. The colander can hold 2 pounds roasted but larger amounts tend to make cooling a PITA wrt keeping the beans inside the colander while stirring to cool. If I don't stir there is a severe difference in cooling rates between beans in the middle and the beans along the outside. I have been looking for a larger mesh colander to be able to handle a 4 pound roast with not much luck. The need to improvise arose.....I kept an eye out in my neighborhood during "large item pick up month" for a dresser or chest of drawers making its way to the curb. Found one, removed and took home one drawer, popped out the bottom of the drawer and in it's place stapled in a square of "contractors cloth" or "hardware cloth", basically a wire mesh sold in rolls, found at the local Ace Hardware. The size of this drawer can easily accept a 4 pound roast, and has room to spare, the flat design is allowing for quicker cooling as well. Taking it a step further, using some more 'contractors cloth' I made an "insert" for the drawer, which now allows me to remove and gently pour 4 pounds of cooled roasted beans more accurately and carefully instead of trying to guide 4 pounds being dumped from something as rigid as the drawer alone. Probably gonna work on some sort of 'gate' in the drawer sides that will allow for easier dumping after the beans are cool. Respectfully, Rich Adams
--- Rich Adams wrote: <Snip> That's very similar to my cooler. The little latched gate I have at a bottom corner makes emptying much easier and neater. The large flat area of screen on the bottom makes it easy(compared to a rounded bowl or colender) to find any stones etc. that often come in Harar and Yemens. Charlie <Snip> Oaxaca dreamin' Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com
My cooler right now is a steel collander, with 3 lb of beans, placed into pwdery snow on my back porch... I stir it once or twice every minute, and it gets cool pretty quick... 7 degrees outside in Iowa... was -10 when we camped Saturday Night with the boy scouts... But I toom Miss Silvia and her cousin Rocky, and 3lb of roasted Christmas Blend, and 2 Gal milk, and some chocolate, and made lots of on-demand drinks for lots of cold Scouts and Scouters... And yes, most of us slept in the lodge, with cast iron stoves keeping us warm at night.... On the other hand, it was 183 steps to the latrine in the middle of the night. And indeed, it was cold... Coolin in the snow, Grinding with a Zass... Brett On 12/19/05, Oaxaca Charlie wrote: <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!
... sorry "but I Took Miss Silvia"... Typping challengd Brett On 12/19/05, Brett Mason wrote: <Snip> scribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!