Gary Townsend was the first to post to this list any mention of a Bread
Machine in the roasting process... Here's his post, just FYI...
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From: Gary Townsend
Date: Nov 29, 2004 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: +How to Disable the Stir Crazy Heating Element
I think that the plastic is bieng melted by the convection oven, more
than the StirCrazy's heater, but disable the heater in the SC.(easy
Harder fix: toggle switch to cut heater on/off.
Way overboard: Variac on the heater element.
The stir crazy just needs to stir the beans. that's all. If your going
to make improvements with any benifits then concentrate your efforts
on the stirring arm. Stock works OK for most roasting up to 12 oz,
after that its almost useless.
Suggest you go to a RC/Hobby store and get some steel or brass 1/8 "
rod and pick up some wheel collars. They are used to hold remote
controlled airplane wheels onto wire-type landing gear. 4 of them set
me back $1.39 with allen wrench included. Steel rods are $1. the brass
ones are $2. I used a coat hanger, and bent up a few different shapes
to try out. I pour 12 oz of beans into a cold Stir-Crazy and test the
results. If I'm not happy with the aggitation, I reworked it a few
I also added rollers (elecrical splicers, thanks Brent, great idea)
that look like .22 shell brass, with the ends drilled out. 10 of them
were $1.69 at Home Depot. The collars keep the rollers from rolling
off the arms. it also pushes the beans better.
Last but not least, plastic + heat = short life for the 'hardware'
that holds the stirring arm to the motor. I replaced everything,
including the stud, with metal. The Stir crazy is cheaply built. I
replaced all hardware with steel bolts. I used a dremmel to fix
The GGSC is a great roaster, just needs a few improvements. I'm
looking at replacing the Stir Crazy with a steel wok, a BBQ rotiserie
motor, and Heavy duty stirring paddles, in the shape of the bread
machine paddles. Reverse? We don't need no stinkin' reverse...
You know, my wife probably would not even miss the bread
machine...hmmmm That's a good stirrer....