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Topic: Replacement HeatGun? (12 msgs / 328 lines)
1) From: Thbull
Help! The HG part of the HG/DB has gone bad. It took forever (OK
30min) to roast a 1/2 lb!!
What are your recommendations for the best heat gun that can handle
roasting 1/2lb batches back-to-back?
Thanks in advance,
ThBull 'with only a DB for now'

2) From: Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary
Probably not an issue of "best."  More a matter of a recognizable good bran=
d
that's not the cheapest thing off the shelf.  Frankly "in all the years" of
monitoring talk about HG/DB, I haven't heard of many failures.  I've at hel=
d
and turned on quite a few HG's though only roasted with 3.  Key factors IMO
are 1000F + for greatest roasting flexibility and control.  An easy and
fairly light balance.  Runs quiet.  Minimum vibration.  Not useful are
digital readouts or a neutral/cool setting.  All the better HGs have
multiple heat and cfm settings.  Avoid very high cfm.  I'm always looking
for an "upgrade" to my original Makita 1100,  but I haven't found one
better.
-- 
Martin
Heat + Beans
    all the rest is commentary

3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Can the heat gun/dog bowl people remind me of how large a batch can be roas=
ted?
Thanks,
Brian
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4) From: Thbull
Well,
Brian you ask about the size of my batches, well, I can do at least
1/2lb (in my 5qt bowl), when my HG works right. I was even going to
try to 3/4 -1lb.
As far as I know the consumer units only handle 1/2lb too, maybe less.
I know the RNK drum can handle more, but I do NOT have a grill, nor
the extra cash. Since I do not have...a grill for the RNK... an hood
vent for the stove...big batches with the popper...money for an
iRoast/Z&D/HotTop/FreshRoast/Gene Cafe/Diedrich...I'm left with my
HG/DB roaster.
Respectfully submitted,
Thbull 'roasting with what I've got'
On 5/25/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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5) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
Check this Master Heat Gun on eBay for a buy it now at $60.00, with  
reasonable shipping even,  number  6060703032.
     These are also made so they can be repaired and parts are sold.   
Professional tools are almost always worth the extra cost.
     With it you can do a pound at a time if you want.
On May 25, 2006, at 11:21 AM, Thbull wrote:
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6) From: raymanowen
Methinks the HG/DB scheme should be good for an easy Pound of (Whatever)
beans.
That's 454g of green beans, and the roasted beans will always overfill a
quart fruit jar. I start with 400g (my usual), and the roast fills a Qt. ja=
r
brim full.
I used a Glorious Orange $9.99 special from Harbor Freight- It worked fine
for about 15 roasts until the ballast shorted somehow and turned the
glorious electric motor into a Blue Fire Special!
My current El aire caliente is a Wagner HT 1000. I did an 800g roast, but
that was a bit much to control with the 1200W power. I used to do contract
screen printing equipment repair, and repaired three Master heat guns their
owners didn't want to fix and just replaced.
Grainger's had the parts here from Chicago quickly, so I wound up with thre=
e
Master heat guns! I wish I still had them, or even one. I gave them all to
some struggling screen printers I knew. As the Celtic Critic said, "Why kee=
p
stuff I might use in 5 Years or 25?"
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

7) From: raymanowen
By the way, I have an 1825 watt hair dryer- I could add the Master 120v
heating element, mica insulating sleeve and metal nose tube for some real
heat and air flow. Not to say this would match the master's blower power,
but the additional heater could be put on the opposite 120v leg for a
balanced 240v electric load.
Old hair dryers had better blowers than the original Poppery!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Might=
y
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

8) From: raymanowen
There are a number of quality heat guns on the 'Bay right now. Take a look:
<http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6059906682&fromMakeTra=ck=true
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9) From: Thbull
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Just wanted to update you on the replacement...I ended up getting a  
Milwaukee pro model - two heat temps. The HG's baptism-by-fire was  
two 1/2 lb roasts: the Guat. Huehue decaf and the Honduras COE Nueve  
Posas. I was able to roast them at around 15-18 min. Woohoo!!!
--Thbull ' life is good again'
On May 25, 2006, at 7:14 PM, raymanowen wrote:
There are a number of quality heat guns on the 'Bay right now. Take a  
look: 
On 5/25/06, Pecan Jim Gundlach  wrote:
Check this Master Heat Gun on eBay for a buy it now at $60.00, with
reasonable shipping even,  number  6060703032.
      These are also made so they can be repaired and parts are sold.
Professional tools are almost always worth the extra cost.
      With it you can do a pound at a time if you want.
On May 25, 2006, at 11:21 AM, Thbull wrote:
 > Help! The HG part of the HG/DB has gone bad. It took forever (OK
 > 30min) to roast a 1/2 lb!!
 >
 > What are your recommendations for the best heat gun that can handle
 > roasting 1/2lb batches back-to-back?
 >
 > Thanks in advance,
 > ThBull 'with only a DB for now'
 >
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10) From: raymanowen
Sounds like a winner! How far do you go with those Half-pounders? Woohoo,
Indeed! -ro
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11) From: Thbull
Ray,
I took the decaf Huehue to City. This is for a friend and his wife  
who've switched to decafs; they pay for the beans, and I roast them.
The COE Nueve Posas went to City+. Since it was also his B-day, I  
spoiled him and gave him a caffeinated present. i did keep some for  
myself (glad I did , this is a great cup).
--Thbull
On May 28, 2006, at 12:19 AM, raymanowen wrote:
Sounds like a winner! How far do you go with those Half-pounders?  
Woohoo, Indeed! -ro

12) From: raymanowen
OK- I got some MC decaf Ethiopian Harar beans. I can't smell the pungent
paint remover, so I guess my fillings won't fall out when I go ahead with
it. I'm still chicken- This will require FR trial runs to sample before I
wave El Aire Caliente at it.
I use the sound of the cracks and the change in appearance of the beans as
the indicators. I just know I'll wreck the decaf and hate it...
Oh, Rich! This Horse is RICH! 35g aged 9d, 18h. This roast was all of First
and really tempting second, with none of it. Ground at 52 right into a Gold
#4 filter, then into the closed TV basket, followed by 2oz boiling H2O
(204degrees F here) dribbled into an erupting Pinatubo's slopes.
Ray, the Bloom, the Bloom! Stir it down with a plastic spoon- THAT aroma is
an experience beyond the humdrum existence of mortals unaware of
homeroasting Sweet Maria's coffee. Too bad, so sad. Another ounce of boiling
H2O, followed by two minutes' cohabitation in the water bed. Egad- It's In
The Cup!! This is just fabulous. But I'm preaching to the choir.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On 5/30/06, Thbull  wrote:
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976


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