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Topic: HG/DG question (11 msgs / 332 lines)
1) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with a HG/DB and I think I like it
    What are the preferred brands/specs for a good heat gun? I see TONS 
on ebay and I'm not really sure what I should look for  1200W 1500W 1100 
Deg. are some of the desc I see
Any Thoughts/recommendations?
Dennis

2) From: an iconoclast
On 8/6/06, Dennis & Marjorie True  wrote:
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Dennis,
You'll get lots of recommendations for less expensive HGs from the
list. I use a Milwaukee 8988-20.  It has an LED readout for temps
90-1050 degrees and 3 speed fan.  It has removable air filters for
cleaning a really good heating element. Since I roast so much, I'm
glad I bought this one.  It's easy to use with one hand. I think I got
mine for about $125 with free shipping. You'd have to do a search to
get the best price as some want $140.  I love it. Have fun.
Ann

3) From: Gerald and Beth Newsom
Wagner and Milwaukee heat guns seem to be pretty good.  Mine costs just $29
(with a rebate coupon) and there are even cheaper models out there.
Gerald

4) From: raymanowen
Dennis- Welcome back, and THANKS! to you both.
The Master heat guns are warranted for life, and cost about $100 new. Parts
were readily availale at W.W.Grainger's to rebuild the ones I was given by =
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client whose employees used them for striking devices and bent off the
ground prong on the power plug. I gave all three of them to small business
screen printer friends. Duh-
I think any "1000°F" heatgun can be used for roasting. You don't need the
1000° for roasting, but it makes it easy to modulate the heat up or down =
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any point in the roast, just by the way you hold the HG. I roast with a
Wagner HG in a Kitchen Aid 5qt mixer bowl. A pound is easy.
If you buy new for a C-note, you're done spending money on HG's. In any
case, stretch a nylon stocking over the air intake to keep the chaff out of
it.
In your situation, if you consider any used heat gun, search to see if you
can get motor brushes and other repair parts . Otherwise, don't spen=
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more than $20 total for the two you'd better get!
Cheers, and Thanks again -RayO, aka Opa!
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5) From: Zara Haimo
I use a cheap Wagner heat gun I got at WalMart for about $20.  With a dog
bowl, a set of wooden spoons, a mesh colander, a plastic storage box, and
sales tax, my whole kit was no more than $35.  You don't need fancy anything
to do HG/DB roasts, just a little patience to sit and stir for 10-15
minutes.

6) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
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Well I went and got a Heat Gun and dog bowl today I found a Wagner 
750/1000 deg heat gun on sale at Lowe's for 24 dollars....figured that 
the cost was low enough that if I needed to get a replacement at one 
point no great loss I haven't roasted yet I'll be doing that in about an 
hour
Go figure I am looking at the instructions for the HG and it docent list 
roasting anywhere..I'm calling Wagner!!!
the specs are 1200W/650W 1100deg/750deg
How large a batch should I make?
Jerry I got the same size bowl you have how large was the roast we did 
last weekend?
BTW that one turned out great I gotta get some of those beans!
Thanks again for all the help everyone!!
Dennis,
  
*"Searching for nirvana one roast at a time..."*
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I'd suggest somewhere between half a pound and a pound.  I would not  
go under a half because low mass makes for a very different roast.
      Pecan Jim
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Well I went and got a Heat Gun and dog bowl today I = found a Wagner 750/1000 deg heat gun on sale at Lowe's for 24 = dollars....figured that the cost was low enough that if I needed to get = a replacement at one point no great loss I haven't roasted yet I'll be = doing that in about an hour Go figure I am looking at the = instructions for the HG and it docent list roasting anywhere..I'm = calling Wagner!!! the specs are 1200W/650W 1100deg/750deg = How large a batch should I make? Jerry I got the same size bowl you = have how large was the roast we did last weekend? BTW that one = turned out great I gotta get some of those beans! Thanks again = for all the help everyone!! Dennis,    = "Searching for nirvana one roast at a time..." = raymanowen wrote: = Dennis- Welcome back, and THANKS! to you both. = The Master heat guns are warranted for life, and cost about $100 new. = Parts were readily availale at W.W.Grainger's to rebuild the ones I was = given by a client whose employees used them for striking devices and = bent off the ground prong on the power plug. I gave all three of them to = small business screen printer friends. Duh- I think any = "1000°F" heatgun can be used for roasting. You don't need the 1000° = for roasting, but it makes it easy to modulate the heat up or down at = any point in the roast, just by the way you hold the HG. I roast with a = Wagner HG in a Kitchen Aid 5qt mixer bowl. A pound is easy. = If you buy new for a C-note, you're done spending money on HG's. In any = case, stretch a nylon stocking over the air intake to keep the chaff out = of it. In your situation, if you consider any used heat gun, = search to see if you can get motor brushes and other repair parts = <first>. Otherwise, don't spend more than $20 total for the two you'd better get! = Cheers, and Thanks again -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder? = = --Apple-Mail-3-689142466--

8) From: Gerald and Beth Newsom
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Dennis, when I started roasting with a heat gun six months ago, I was =
advised to roast about 5 or 6 ounces at a time.  That let me practice =
roasting without having to worry about ruining a large batch of coffee =
greens.  It also let me experience what different roast levels of the =
same bean tasted like since I rarely roasted two batches to the same =
degree.  :-)  
With a few months experience behind me, I don't roast much more than =
that still.  Usually 8 to 10 ounces of beans.  To roast much more than =
that I'm told you'd need another source of heat beneath your doggie =
bowl.
Good luck!  Oh, one other thing.  There were a few times when I was =
positive I'd ruined a roast only to find a few days later that it STILL =
tasted better than any coffee I'd ever had before home roasting!  It's =
hard to ruin a roast with a heat gun.  Being so intimately involved with =
the whole process you see every change of bean color, hear every crack, =
and smell each change in the smoke.
Gerald

9) From: Les
I was doing some cleaning up and saw my dog bowl today.  I know where
my heat guns are!  I did an RK roast tonight, and want to do another
roast tonight.  I think I am going to do a HG/DB for a change of pace.
 I miss seeing the change in the beans.  My preferred roasting methods
are (1) RK drum (2) HG/DB.
Les
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10) From: Steve Hay
Anyone seen the way sivetz does this?  He has a heat gun gone vertical with
an air tube on it.  Makes me wonder if this wouldn't be a reasonable HG/DB
variant of a more fluid bed style...
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Steven Hay
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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: Jerry Procopio
Dennis,
I have read that with a 96 oz. dog bowl you can roast up to 16 oz. of 
coffee beans, but I found that my best roasts were 12 - 14 oz.  The 
roast that we did Saturday was 12 oz.  Larger roasts turn out uneven 
(for me) and smaller roasts don't seem to have the bean mass to hold the 
heat properly (or something) and just don't roast well.  My 12 oz. 
batches, regardless of bean type, have always been good.
JavaJerry
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