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Topic: burning eyes (7 msgs / 119 lines)
1) From: Sheila Quinn
I'm having an awful time getting through a roast lately. I use the HG/DB 
method outside on my patio, and near the end of every roast my eyes 
start to water, then burn immensely. A few times (like today) I couldn't 
even see what I was doing anymore because my eyes hurt so bad! My eyes 
are very sensitive anyway, so the smoke from roasting coffee is very 
irritating. For some reason, it seems to be getting worse as time goes on.
Does anyone else have this problem? Other than wearing protective 
goggles (!) does anyone have any ideas on what may help? I have no 
intention of switching to a different method as I really enjoy this 
hands-on roasting process. Not enjoying the burning smoke, though. It's 
pure torture.

2) From: Tim Wat
Sheila Quinn wrote:
How about setting up one those large diameter fans blowing from behind you?

3) From: Tom Bellhouse
Although it'll make things a little cooler, try using a small electric
fan blowing across your work.  Laminar ventilation will waft all that
bad stuff away from you.
Tom in GA

4) From: Barry Luterman
Over the counter Artificial tears. @drops in each eye prior to roasting 
repeat application after roasting. As far as the coffee drink as wanted.

5) From: raymanowen
"...large diameter fans blowing from behind you"
Imagine yourself on the back of a train. All of the dust kicked up by the
train's passage and the exhaust smoke from the engine are sucked into an
eddy swirl at the rear. A truly filthy location to ride...
The same eddy swirl from a fan blowing on your back will pull the smoke
right into your face in the low pressure eddy stream. Set a small fan on a
chair in front of you blowing away.
In addition to the heat gun and the furnace blower I use for cooling, a
Pamotor (Papst muffin fan) is plugged in to my outlet tri-opus. Wurks fer
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

6) From: Ken Mary
If you can choose roast days when the wind will disperse the smoke, that may
be a partial solution. You should be wearing protective glasses due to the
dangers of flying chaff and divots.
If your eyes are abnormally sensitive, then you have a problem with
medication side effects, allergies, or poor nutrition. You may contact me
offlist for help with allergies and nutrition, but see your doctor about
medication problems.

7) From: Justin Marquez
On 11/10/06, Barry Luterman  wrote:
I chuckle whenever that Restasis (tm) ad comes on TV. "... The only
common side effect is a temporary burning in the eyes..."
So THAT's haw it makes tears!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

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