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Topic: HG/DB, Campfire tripod, Italian hanging cord (31 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
I have mentioned that I roast with a 14.5 amp Master Appliance heat gun that
does a great job, with the down side of being very heavy, nearly 4 pounds. I
needed a way to suspend the heat gun that would allow me to easily adjust
the height. I bought an "Italian hanging cord" from American Scientific
(thanks again, Lissa!) for $1.90. I think this was originaly intended for
hanging lamps so that the height is adjustable; it has a drag adjustment
that can be set to accommodate various weights. Next I found a forged-iron
campfire tripod for about $20, including shipping. I was worried about the
tri-pod sliding on the deck surface, but it is heavy enough that it is very
stable, even though there are no chains etc to keep the legs from spreading.
On Thanksgiving morning I used old car speaker wire to attach the heat gun
to the Italian hanging cord, and to attach the hanging cord to the tripod. I
finally had a chance to roast with it this morning, and it worked
wonderfully! The hanging cord suspended the heat gun just where I wanted it,
allowing me to move the gun back and forth over the entire surface of the
beans, of course, but also to raise or lower the heat gun with one hand so
that I didn't even need to set my wooden stirring spoon to adjust the heat
gun height. I all worked so easily that was reminded of the old car
commercials, when power steering was just becoming common, where a smiling
person was shown turning the steering wheel with just a finger or two. Huge
difference from holding the beast by hand for 15 mins!
I'm not handy like Mike (just plain), Ron Kyle, and many of the other
craftsmen/women on this list, so my apparatus has a rough, cobbled-together
look (in part because I'm the kind of guy who isn't going to cut off the
excess wire until I'm sure it is going to work), but it seems that this
heatgun suspension system will function just fine!
Brian


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