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. Thanks! Sheila
Sheila Quinn wrote: <Snip> How about setting up one those large diameter fans blowing from behind you?
Sheila, 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
Over the counter Artificial tears. @drops in each eye prior to roasting repeat application after roasting. As far as the coffee drink as wanted.
"...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 me. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder?
<Snip> 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. --
On 11/10/06, Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip> 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)