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Topic: Newbie to build homeroaster with RK Drum (4 msgs / 103 lines)
1) From: Vince Doss
Greetings!
Just wanted to drop a line or few to introduce myself. I have been lurking
for a bit.
My name is Vince and I have been into coffee with varying degrees of
obsession over the years. I am the only (real) coffee drinker in my house. =
I
used to have a little Krups espresso steam toy when I was in the Navy circa
1988 ( I kept it stashed in my radar
room). ...anyway I have been buying fresh roasted beans from a local coffee
shop, Jamie's General Bean  here in
Northern VA who has a wonderful Deidrich Roaster and provides terrific
atmosphere. I brew them in a new Capresso MT500 #441 which is going good so
far. I have ordered a Technivorm KBTS from SM's to see which one I like
better, (the loser goes to work) But alas, I wanted to try my hand at
roasting. Since I never obsess in a resonable way =\/~, I decided
that instead of spending $500 on a counter top roaster that can roast a hal=
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pound, I would try the RK Drum . I am eagerly
awaiting my drum/motor from Ron Kyle (very nice chap), and have purchased a=
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adequate sized gas grill, placed my order for many beans from SM's along
with assorted accessories, (scale, thermo, books). I plan to take
pictures of the build/install and post on my wesite. I am trying to figure
out how to get a TC into the drum and ultimately set up some kind of PID
time/temp ramp controller to be able to duplicate roasting profiles. The PI=
D
thing is making my head hurt though. I did see the Computer Controlled
Roaster  which blew me away, but I will hav=
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to wait on that. So, thats me in burlap bag...I am now trying to learn abou=
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the different beans and their suggested roasts from reading what you folks
are writing. For now I will probably just stick with Tom & Maria's blends
until I get a little confidence on my RK Drum.
Cheers,
Vince

2) From: Justin Marquez
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Vince - I don't recall anyone mentioning adding PID control to a gas grill =
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RK Drum setup. You may be blazing new ground to glory!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

3) From: James House
Vince have you considered a SC/CO (Stir Crazy/Convection Oven) setup?  Your
looking at ~$30 for a new SC and ~$60 for a new CO.  That and maybe a few
bucks in extra parts (such as springform) you have a fantastic roaster for
up to 1 to 2 pounds, that has a great track record.
But if you need over 2 pounds in one roast the RK drum is the way to go.
Good luck friend,
james
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4) From:
Vince:
Welcome and congrats on your new "build a roaster" project.
Sounds great. I would love to see photo's.
ginny
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