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Topic: Bean cooler died (7 msgs / 98 lines)
1) From: Vince Doss
Greetings all,
I had a vacuum set up for my bean cooler and I guess the heat finally got to
it. I went and bought a box fan and was puting things together last night
and had question, albeit a stupid one, I am sure... Which way should the
wind direction be for this setup? pushing up through the bean mass or
pulling down. I didnt know if the fan had enough umph to blow the beans out
of the seive.
Thanks in advance

2) From: Tom Ogren
If you don't lose your beans when blowing air upward, you will have the
added benefit of blowing additional chaffe out of your batch prior to
On 10/9/06, Vince Doss  wrote:

3) From: Brett Mason
Push up will make a rainfall of chaff, but heat will never affect your
On 10/9/06, Vince Doss  wrote:

4) From: Brian Kamnetz
I blow the air through the beans. I like to do it this way because it
blows out any remaining chaff. Most box fans have three settings, and
I almost always use the most powerful setting. I have never had any
problems with the beans being blown out of the sieve.
On 10/9/06, Vince Doss  wrote:

5) From: Terry Stockdale
Neither have I. The only time I have beans escape is when I'm 
stirring them in the initial part of the cooldown.  Sometimes, I get 
a little vigorous moving the beans with the wok spatula.
Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
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At 01:24 PM 10/9/2006, you wrote:

6) From: Vince Doss
Thank you all for the feedback. You confirmed what I hoped would be the
answer. I should have tried this method in the beginning, it is much cheaper
(10.00 box fan, the last one at Home Depot/cardboard manifold around 20"
seive/sitting on wire mesh trash can)...I roast with an RKDrum outside so
blowing chaff is not a problem.
Thanks for usual quick responses from the forum!!
Vince in VA
On 10/10/06, Terry Stockdale  wrote:

7) From: Brian Kamnetz
I cut a hole a bit smaller than my mesh colander in the end of a
cardboard box and at the end of roasting lift the mesh colander out of
the stainless-steel bowl and set it into the hole in the box. I set
the box on the opposite end next to the fan. I left the flaps of the
box on, so that the fan sits on the bottom flap, and the side flaps
and top flap are against the fan. It works really well to have the fan
sit on the bottom flap; keeps everything in place. It's hard to beat
the price of an empty cardboard box, and I store my roasting materials
in it between roasts.
On 10/10/06, Vince Doss  wrote:

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