What brand and wattage of heat gun should be used for HB/DB roasting of batches of 1/2 - 1 pound? What size bowl, and are there any particular things to look at in getting a bowl? I was wondering if one of those specialty baking dishes would do for this. I've got a cake pan set meant to make spherical cakes: basically it's 2 half-sphere molds, cost me all of about $5. So there is absolutely no problem with this not being food-safe or not handling high temperatures. If that'd work I'd be happy to give him the cake pans. (this isn't for me, but I got asked for recommendations since my giveaway samples hooked him on homeroasting, and he is not net-savvy and won't be checking out all the nice web pages on heatgun roasting) Thanks. -Sharon
About the cake pans... do they have fairly thick walls to hold the heat and will they stand firmly planted on a surface without having to hold them with anything? I use a dog bowl that has a rubber ring on the bottom. This holds it down w/o me having to hold it. (You need your hands free for holding the heat gun and stirring.) If it moves around at all, I don't think it would work well. Maybe there would even be a way to put something on the bottom of it to make it stay still... as long as it's something that can handle the heat, of course. There are many brands of heat guns that work. I have a cheap one that works great for up to 1/2 pound roasts, but I wouldn't use it for anything more than that. There was a link posted here a while back that had a list of good heat guns. Maybe someone will post it again. You don't have to get one that is very expensive, though. Sheila Sharon Allsup wrote: <Snip>
Sharon, I'm sure there will be plenty of opinions and experience on what folks use and what works for them. Here's mine: A cheap Grizzly HG:http://tinyurl.com/yhgdcd at least once a week, I use this thing and have for over a year. If it dies, I've received plenty of service for the cost. I initially bought it for another project, so there was no actual outlay of $ specifically for my HG/DB roasting. I also have a more expensive Wagner HG, but I don't see where it improves the quality of my roast. For a bowl: a 4 quart bowl I found at K Mart for ~$5. 20 ounces green beans are no problem in this size bowl. I wouldn't get to tied up in the idea that one bowl will work & another won't as long as the bowl is wide enough to allow you to stir the beans. Some folks use the type of dog bowl that has a stabilizing lip:http://tinyurl.com/ymr57aThat may retain some heat around the bowl. If it's really windy or cool out when I'm roasting, I set my mixing bowl on a small hot plate at a very low temperature. The HG/DB method is still the most fun for me... unless I need to roast a lot of beans. cheers, Scott On 11/22/06, Sharon Allsup wrote: <Snip>
On 11/22/06, Sharon Allsup wrote: <Snip> Hi, Sharon! I use a 1200 watt Wagner bought at the hardware store for $30. As to bowl size - I use a wire mesh strainer about 8" in diameter (from Walmart) with a handle and two little "ears" or tabs that allow it to sit in a stainless steel salad bowl all by itself, freeing me up to hold the HG in one hand and a wooden spoon in another. My usual batch size for that setup is about a half pound (1.5 cup measured of green beans mostly) That normally takes about 10-12 minutes to roast most regular beans to all the way thru first crack. Decaf is a little shorter. Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
Sharon, I use a Master Appliance HG751B heat gun, 14.5 amp, 1740 watts. It produces a lot of BTUs, but it's heavy, nearly 4 pounds. I have suspended the heat gun from a campfire tripod, but got that done only yesterday and haven't roasted that way yet. I roast in a stainless steel mesh sieve, about 9 inches across, that fits very nicely into a stainless steel mixing bowl, both from Target for cheak. I have no problems roasting a pound at a time, though I usually roast only a half pound, which is how much coffee I use in a week. Brian On 11/22/06, Sharon Allsup wrote: <Snip>
As Scott says, "The HG/DB method is still the most fun for me... unless I need to roast a lot of beans." The same is true for me, and if I need to roast a lot of beans- it's all th= e more fun. The Wagner HT1000 [with 2 Year Warranty!] replaced the Blue Fire Special [Glorious Orange with switch!] Both of the heat guns worked great for roasting coffee in a stainless steel vessel- my Celtic Critic's Kitchen Aid mixer bowl- cheaker than Target pieces over 30 years. If you use the RK Drum, it weighs 7½ pounds by itself, plus beans. The 4 pound Master HG is a weight bargain. Waving the HG with one hand while stirring with the other is a problem that can be solved by studying cell phone users while they navigate traffic and execute lane changes... Anything is possible if your head is bowed in deep prayer with your eyes closed. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder?