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Topic: Large Batch Roaster (14 msgs / 281 lines)
1) From: Yvonne Fleck
Does anyone know of a good roaster that will do a pound or two at a time?
And not cost thousands of dollars!  I have the I-Roast II but, as you know,
is small batch.  I would like to roast for friends and family but the
I-Roast II would have me roasting all day - which isn't a bad thing, but I
still need my day job.

2) From: Jason Brooks
Have a grill?
see www.rkdrums.com
Jason Brooks

3) From: Rich Adams
RK Drum. http://www.rkdrums.com/You will need a grill and a way to cool the beans.
Rich Adams

4) From: Jerry Procopio
I wholeheartedly recommend the RK Drum (http://rkdrums.com/).  You can 
roast from 1/2 pound to 4 pounds easily - and the learning curve isn't 
very steep.  Including the drum/motor, grill and accessories, your 
bottom line is less than $600.  I've been using mine for a year and will 
never look back.  Other than Sweet Maria's beans, it's the best $600 I 
have spent on this coffee obsession. (And yes, I have well over $600 
worth of beans in my stash).
You can get away cheaper with a HG/DB or SC/TO, but in both cases the 
optimum load is really about 12 ounces.  (Yes, I DO know that each will 
handle 1 lb., but IMHO 12 oz. is optimum).  HG/DB is fun in the winter, 
but can be unbearable in 90 heat.
The two electric drum roasters that Tom sells are both nice (I'd really 
like to have one) but their max capacity is only 1/2 pound.
Last night, using the RK, I roasted 3 batches (2 two pounders and 1 one 
pound load) in just over an hour.  I love my RK!
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA
Yvonne Fleck wrote:

5) From: Jim McClellan
You can also use the SC/TO for larger batch sizes. Just finished roasting 40# of green this weekend for a special event rotating 2 SC/TO setups doing 20 oz at a time on each. Held up great.
I also have a bbq drum I built some years ago but prefer the SC/TO because I can see the roast progress. On the bbq, I can't see the beans without lifting the cover. When I do that, all that heat gets out!

6) From: Yvonne Fleck
Hey, thanks everyone!  That was my first e-mail post and it was awesome to
get so many responses, so quickly.  I am kinda new to roasting, but I do
love my coffee!  Sounds like the RK Drum is the way to go.
On 5/31/06, Jerry Procopio  wrote:

7) From: Tom Bellhouse
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
If you're at all handy, check out the SC/TO threads.  That's if 3/4 lb =
at a time with no cool down between roasts is OK, and if you're not anal =
about total control.  It's roasting by eye and by ear.  Works for me, =
and for well under $100.
Tom in GA

8) From: Terry Stockdale
At 03:34 PM 5/31/2006, you wrote:
...and you can read about it on my "Roasting with an RK Drum and a 
Gas Grill" web pages.
Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
My Coffee Pages:http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages: http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum<Snip>">http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffeeMy Hottop pages:http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages: http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum<Snip>

9) From: Jerry Procopio
Wow!  Jim, you're one roasting dude!
At first I missed being able to "see" the roast too - especially going 
from the HG/DB to the RK.  But in the past year, I have roasted about 
200 lbs. in the RK and have only charbucked two 1 lb. roasts - and both 
of them were due to me not paying attention.
Lesson #1:  Don't drink (several) Margaritas while roasting coffee.
Lesson #2:  Don't take a 4 minute nap 2 minutes from end of roast.
I've never lifted the hood to "peek".  Timing, temperature, sounds, 
smell, smoke - they're all part of the roasting process, no matter what 
method you use.  I think all roasting methods are good and everyone has 
their favorite.  I still enjoy HG/DB best because I'm really in touch 
with everything that is happening, but truthfully, my best HG/DB roast 
doesn't compare to the results that I get from the RK Drum.  I can't 
compare it with the SC/TO because my experience with SC/TO is limited 
and the poor roasts that I achieved with that method were probably due 
to operator error more than anything else.
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA (and still amazed at Jim's roasting 
40# in one weekend!)
Jim McClellan wrote:

10) From: Steve Hay
On 5/31/06, Yvonne Fleck  wrote:
I've heard high regards about the RK drum.  I am building an SC/TO as we
speak..  I'm cheap and waiting for a deal on a TO/GG.  Anyhoo, I wanted to
mention that Peter Zulkowski of Lake Havasu, CA built a 1# roaster using a
bread machine and is worth a look.  He's on list, and I am surprised he
hasn't popped in yet and mentioned his device.  Search the archives for some
of his posts.
I think he's roasted some batches and they turned out well.  Probably worth
looking at even if you go with the more tried and true RK drum or SC/TO.
Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

11) From: Peter Zulkowski
Hi Steven,
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I was going to mention it but thought 
that it is not a project for the faint of heart.
(Not that I would ever think anyone on this list would have a faint 
heart btw! )
It really only requires a Dremel like tool, and maybe some tin snips to 
get the modifications accomplished.
You can see what I have been using for more than a year now here:  http://homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewforum.php?forum_id2Check out the 'my first roaster' thread :)
Given you have the tools, you could perhaps build one for around a 
hundred dollars, unless you are patient with thrift stores..
It even does pretty well while roasting enough to net three pounds in 
two batches!
But to do much more than that it would need more heater power, and more 
er... Lake Havasu City is on the Colorado River in Arizona.. but I can 
see CA from my house :)
It only got up to 114F today, here in LHC
Steve Hay wrote:

12) From: Derek Bradford
It might be shameless plugging, but you could always hack together an
Uglyroaster... http://uglyroast.atspace.comIt'll roast a pound with ease, and with proper tools it's not really all
that difficult to make.
On 5/31/06, Peter Zulkowski  wrote:
The Uglyroast 3! Coffee Roaster.  ...Now 85% less ugly!http://uglyroast.atspace.com

13) From: Vince Doss
On 5/31/06, Yvonne Fleck  wrote:
I might as well jump on the bandwagon too! If you have the space for a
grill, you wont have to drag it out and set it up and then put it away like
a countertop roaster. I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I have never
even roasted less than 1 lb. Once I started taking the coffee to work
everyone wants to buy it now, so I am roasting at least 10lbs/wk and havent
even had it 2 months yet. I bought a 45kBTU grill from Walmart for
198.00and the heavyduty motor/drum combo from Ron and spent maybe
40.00 on the bean cooler. Everything else I bought would have been purchased
no matter which roaster I bought (thermometers, scales, etc...)
I have just recently assembled an RK Drum set and have a few pics here:http://www.brokenflipflop.com/RKDrum/index.html-- 
At some point between French and fire, it really doesn't matter much what
the "origin character" of the coffee was ...
Tom Owens - Sweet Maria's

14) From: Brett Mason
Hi Yvonne,
I roast regularly in a 12" stainless steel skillet, over the side burner on
my BBQ grill.  This method costs very littl, as any SS skillet will do.  I
use a steel spatula to lift and fold over the beans, much like cooking
eggs.  The rule is to not scorch the beans.
I roast 2lb loads all the time with this method - I did 9lb in 4 loads this
past Monday.
Hope it helps,
On 5/31/06, Yvonne Fleck  wrote:
Brett Mason

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