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Topic: Campfire roasting (16 msgs / 291 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
Enjoy camping, and good luck roasting over the fire.
A while back, maybe a couple years, there was a fair amount of
discussion on the list about roasting coffee over the campfire. Some
people used devices intended for popping popcorn over the campfire (or
any wood fire, such as cook stove, fireplace, etc). There is a name
for these devices, IIRC, but I can't think of what it is. I tried to
find them in google and found one with this description:
"The hopper, of this popper, is made out of traditional looking
copper. It measures 9'' X 6 1/2'' X 2 1/2". The hopper has a mesh
screen top which slides up and down the metal handle for easy loading
and unloading which is great, quick and easy to use, and no more
looking for a place to set the lid. It has a wooden handle that
measures 9'', and it measures 341/2" overall....".
So they are out there.... One common caution was making sure that the
holes in the portion that holds the beans not be so large that the
beans fall through.

2) From: Spencer Thomas
Popcorn kernels are smaller than most coffee beans, so I wouldn't think this
would be a problem.
Searching my homeroast archive in Gmail turns up a brand name: Androck, from
one of Pecan Jim's postings.
On 6/30/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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3) From: Aaron
You can get square campfire popcorn roasters at walmart in the camping 
section.  Id assume many other supermarts of the likes or outdoor stores 
would have them too.
Made out of steel/iron  have a solid bottom and a top that slides on / 
off with holes in it.
Idea is throw popcorn and oil in, hold in campfire and shuffle back and 
forth .. corn pops... eat...
Id say lose the oil but you should be able to do coffee just as well, 
might have a hard time picking out first crack from the beans .vs. the 
crackling of the wood but smell might help.
have fun

4) From: jim gundlach
      I often roast with an old Androck over the fire popcorn  
popper.  I still have two, gave one away some time ago as a tradition  
item.  You can find a couple on eBay right now.   Look at number  
190002060054 and 200002643529.  The first one closes in a few hours  
the second one comes with a pie iron.
     Jim Gundlach
On Jun 30, 2006, at 9:36 AM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:

5) From: Elliott Perkins
Hello all,
I roasted coffee over the coals of a campfire last weekend, and I want 
to share the results.
Usually, I roast in a stainless steel whirly-pop on a camp stove.  In 
this experiment, I used an aluminum whirly-pop.
I roasted 3/4 pound of mixed coffee over what I thought was a pretty hot 
bed of coals.  There was not as much heat as I thought.  At first, I had 
to be careful because the radiated heat was scorching my hand.  After 
about five minutes, I could tell by smelling (it was dark) that the 
beans were not as hot as I had hoped.  I ended up getting out of a late 
first crack by pressing the pan into what was quickly becoming a warm 
pile of ashes.
The coffee was pretty good anyway.  There were some Kenyan beans in 
there, so the fruity taste came through pretty clearly, even with the 
slow roast.
Next time I will:
Bring welding gloves so that I can make the most of the coals early.
Start with more coals.

6) From: Dan Kellgren
I've done several campfire roasts too.  I am also a whirly-pop roaster over
a gas burner - just converted to stainless from aluminum a few weeks ago
(that's a whole other thread).
But for the campfire roasts, I'll usually use the classic campfire popcorn
popper.  The kind that you just shake over the fire and has a lid.
It's unpredictable because of the unevenness of the campfire temperatures
and of course, I don't pull out the digital thermometer for this method.
It's more of a rustic "look at me roast coffee over this fire" in front of
friends type of thing.  The coffee is usually pretty decent with a nice
smokiness to it.
Dan K
On 1/24/07, Elliott Perkins  wrote:

7) From: Brett Mason
Over campfires, I use a 12" SS skillet with a long handled spoon to stir the
beans - this gets ME out of the HEAT...  You might try this as a test case,
I think you'll achieve what you are seeking.  Skillets to be found at thrift
stores - good as any!
On 1/24/07, Elliott Perkins  wrote:

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
You could also pick up a long handled campfire popcorn popper, ~$20 and up.

9) From: Elliott Perkins
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Hi Dan,
I changed from aluminum to SS in May.  It took me a few months to 
recover my roasting skills, but I think I know more for the experience.  
Mostly, I am a seat-of-the-pants roaster, but I think I am learning.
I switched because the bearings on my aluminum roaster had worn out.  
The bearings on the SS haven't held up much better, but I agitate by 
hand now, so it's not a problem.
Take care,
Dan Kellgren wrote:

10) From: jim gundlach
     For my over the fire roasting I use one of these:
    If that does not work try eBay item 140076148203	
      Pecan Jim
On Jan 24, 2007, at 2:52 PM, Elliott Perkins wrote:

11) From: Ed Needham
I have a small drum on a spit rod that I use for roasting at most of the 
scout campouts I go on.  A forked stick holds it up and I slowly turn it in 
the heat.  I cool the beans in a bowl by tossing them for a few minutes. 
Grind them with a hand cranked Turkish grinder or a small electric one 
plugged into a converter/cig lighter in a car.
Ed Needham®
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12) From: Les
I use a PIDed Androck Popcorn popper.  Pecan Jim is the master of the
roasting over fire.  For you new folks that is how he got his handle,
"roasting over Pecan fires."  My "Paper Indicator Device," (as strip
of brown paper bag)  gets me into that nice 450-460 range for roasting
and is consumed before the roast is over.  I produces great results.
On 1/24/07, Ed Needham  wrote:

13) From: Elliott Perkins
Now I really am curious.  Where do you put the Paper Indicator Device?  
How do you read its output?
I think the PID is something I could really work with.  Why, it could 
suit my roasting style perfectly.  Do tell.
Les wrote:

14) From: miKe mcKoffee
Hint: Ray Bradbury

15) From: Les
I put a strip of paper about 2 inches by 4 inches between the two halfs of
the Androck when I close it, leaving about 3 inches sticking out.  When I
begin roasting, I move my Androck over the fire, paper first.  When the
paper catches fire, my PID has done its job and I am in the 455-470 degree
range on the fire that is perfect for roasting.  Doing it this way, I have
been getting good 12-14 minute full city roasts over the fire.
On 1/24/07, Elliott Perkins  wrote:

16) From: Todd Christell
Assuming we have time to read (as opposed to vienna roasting) books.
Todd Christell
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