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Topic: Barbecue Drum Thermometer Installation (11 msgs / 205 lines)
1) From: SamToren
Looking at some of the pictures out there, I made a barbecue roaster for use on my rotisserie.  However, I would like to install a thermometer on the drum, so I can watch the temperature as the beans roast. Has anyone done this, and if so, where have you installed it? I am concerned that the heat from the barbeque will destroy the face of the thermometer, though I am not sure of this. Any thoughts or ideas? 

2) From: Eddie Dove
Use a Digital Thermometer with a thermocouple:http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.roastkits.shtml scroll down some ...
$29.90.
Read below about how Les described placement of the probe. ...
Hope this helps ...
Eddie
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You have it!
Les
Did you get an RK?  I thought you had a Genie.
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3) From: Eddie Dove
I don't, but I haven't finished setting mine up yet.  If you are really nice
to Les, maybe he will take a picture of it for you ...
Eddie
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My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 1/7/07, Marc Dupuis  wrote:
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4) From: Jeff Oien
Here are some pictures:http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffee/rkdrum_roaster.phpJeffO">http://www.rkdrums.com/shane4.jpghttp://www.rkdrums.com/roaster1.jpg.w300h225.jpghttp://www.terrystockdale.com/coffee/rkdrum_roaster.phpJeffO

5) From: Eddie Dove
I may be wrong, but I think Marc is looking for a picture of the
thermocouple probe place as per Les' description.  Is that what you are
looking for Marc?
Eddie
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My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 1/8/07, Jeff Oien  wrote:
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It is easy to install one. Don't forget Terry Stockdale's site,http://terrystockdale.com/,for setting up the bbq temp probe.
Terry has set the standard for bbq probes...
ginny
well maybe
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7) From: SamToren
So looking at all the pictures (and ASCII drawings) since yesterday, it looks like the thermocouples are actually only inside the barbeque hood only, not inside the drum itself. It sounds like everyone is taking temperature readings inside the barbeque only, not the temperature of the actual beans being roasted.  I guess that if you try to place the thermocouple(s) inside the drum, they will get all tangled.
SamToren  wrote:    Looking at some of the pictures out there, I made a barbecue roaster for use on my rotisserie.  However, I would like to install a thermometer on the drum, so I can watch the temperature as the beans roast. Has anyone done this, and if so, where have you installed it? I am concerned that the heat from the barbeque will destroy the face of the thermometer, though I am not sure of this. Any thoughts or ideas? 

8) From: Brett Mason
Sam, the real problem is getting enough thermocouples to insert into
every bean.  Then you need enough length on the wires to sustain 12-18
minutes going around and around the spit...  You are right, this would
be the most accurate method of measuring bean temp.
Still, this assumes that beans are evenly tempered, and some might be
more angry than others (i.e. the Latino beans getting heated much more
quickly than the laid back Islander coffee beans).  And there are no
French beans, because they all run away when the heat comes on...  One
can only imagine...
I just located a single temp probe at bean mass level when my BBQ is
closed - not perfect, but I get coffee at the end of the exercise...
Brett
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Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

9) From: Bob
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If you figure out a way to get "the temperature of the actual beans =
being roasted" you'll be way ahead of everyone else.
A probe in the drum gives you "in the drum" temp. A probe under the hood =
gives you "in the bbq" temp. 
The thinking is place the probe near the drum--mine is centered on the =
drum, about 1.5" from drum. If you do not vary placement one can then =
begin compiling data during ensuing roasts. Find what temps work for =
your probe placement to get the roasts you want. 
Then you have repeatibility, and the benchmarks you need to begin =
playing with profiling.
VegasBob

10) From: Ed Needham
My thermometer is inside the drum.
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11) From: Marc Dupuis
Unless you have the probe inside the drum with the drum rotating around it, 
having the probe fixed.
md
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From: SamToren 
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To: homeroast
Subject: +Re: Barbecue Drum Thermometer Installation
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 16:54:26 -0800 (PST)
So looking at all the pictures (and ASCII drawings) since yesterday, it 
looks like the thermocouples are actually only inside the barbeque hood 
only, not inside the drum itself. It sounds like everyone is taking 
temperature readings inside the barbeque only, not the temperature of the 
actual beans being roasted.  I guess that if you try to place the 
thermocouple(s) inside the drum, they will get all tangled.
SamToren  wrote:    Looking at some of the pictures out 
there, I made a barbecue roaster for use on my rotisserie.  However, I would 
like to install a thermometer on the drum, so I can watch the temperature as 
the beans roast. Has anyone done this, and if so, where have you installed 
it? I am concerned that the heat from the barbeque will destroy the face of 
the thermometer, though I am not sure of this. Any thoughts or ideas?
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