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
On 8/6/06, Dennis & Marjorie True wrote: <Snip> 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
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
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 . Otherwise, don't spen= d more than $20 total for the two you'd better get! Cheers, and Thanks again -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder? On 8/6/06, Dennis & Marjorie True wrote: <Snip> t <Snip> -- "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Wichita WurliTzer
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.
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. 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: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-3-689142466 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain; charset O-8859-1; delsp=yes; format=flowed 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 On Aug 8, 2006, at 8:32 PM, Dennis & Marjorie True wrote: <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> <Snip> --Apple-Mail-3-689142466 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 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 On Aug 8, 2006, at 8:32 PM, Dennis & Marjorie True = wrote:
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. 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
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 On 8/8/06, Gerald and Beth Newsom wrote: <Snip> e <Snip> :-) <Snip> m <Snip> ive <Snip> ter <Snip> ss <Snip> ge <Snip> 00 <Snip> s <Snip> ss <Snip> st <Snip> ts <Snip> y a <Snip> s <Snip> he <Snip> n at <Snip> of <Snip> u <Snip> end <Snip>
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... -- 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."
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 Dennis & Marjorie True wrote: <Snip>