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Topic: 4 lb RK drum and roasting volume limits wrt cooling. (4 msgs / 114 lines)
1) From: Rich Adams
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

2) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Rich Adams  wrote:
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 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
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                                         Oaxaca dreamin'
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3) From: Brett Mason
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:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
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4) From: Brett Mason
... sorry "but I Took Miss Silvia"...
Typping challengd
Brett
On 12/19/05, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Brett Mason
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