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Topic: Just bought a new heat gun (5 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: jim gundlach
I just spent some Christmas gift money and bought what ought to be  
the ideal heat gun for home roasting.  It is the Milwaukee Variable  
Temperature model 8986-20.  It has 1500 watt capacity and the  
temperature is electronically controlled.  It is also light weight,  
unlike the Master of mine that just died and has a five year  
warranty.   It is somewhat more expensive than others but this is  
Christmas gift money and Carol wants me to get the coffee roasting  
out of the kitchen
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Anyway, I thought it sounded ideal and should offer the control  
needed to profile a roast so it is on the way.  I'll report on how it  
does once it gets here.  Should arrive the same day I expect Harvey  
to deliver five pounds of the Misty Valley and some others I got to  
round out twelve pounds.  It feels like it should be another good year.
     Pecan Jim
      In La Place, Alabama which is no longer an official place but  
does have crocuses blooming through out January this year, they used  
to show up in time for Valentines Day.

2) From: Vicki Smith
I'd be interested in seeing how you use the variable temps, Jim.
I have a light weight inexpensive heat gun. For most roasts I use the 
higher setting until 1st gets, urmmm, cracking really well, and then 
switch to the lower setting (figuring the beans were by then generating 
a fair amount of their own heat). I usually go back to the high setting 
shortly before it's time to bring it home, especially if I am going to 
let 2nd crack happen.
I don't vary the distance from the beans all that much, though of 
course, I have to adjust as the beans expand to keep the distance pretty 
much constant.
vicki (feeling a bit silly talking about roasting in such a serious way 
with a bread machine ;) )
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3) From: raymanowen
Our current bread machine is an Oster. Since I already use my Celtic
Critic's deep Kitchen Aid mixer bowl for roasting, Caution trumps Valor. I
think I've filched enough kitchen gear and real estate for the entire 21st
century.
For decades, we used a DAK/ Welbuilt bread machine to bake hundreds of
loaves of bread. The Oster cranks out magnificent bread since we started
using EVO oil in the dough recipe.
I'll have to put together a vacuum cyclone to empty the DAK and cool the
beans if I use it for roasting.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

4) From: an iconoclast
On 1/13/07, jim gundlach  wrote:
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Jim,
I have the same HG except with the LED readout....the 8988-20.  I love it!
So easy to slide the temp to where I want it.  The filters are a snap to
slide out and clean with a burst of canned air.  Since I roast at least 2
lbs at a time, I use bottom heat from my BBQ grill side  burner and hang the
HG off the side of the BBQ hood. I usually start the HG on on full air speed
with temp around 900 degrees and high heat from the side burner.  Once first
crack is finished, I reduce the HG temp as needed to coast to where I want
to finish my roast and prevent scorching. This allows me to slow down my
stirring and let the bean mass add heat.  I think you're going to like it.
Take care,
Ann

5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Jim,
Congrats on your new heat gun. I am eagerly looking forward to your reviews.
Brian
On 1/14/07, jim gundlach  wrote:
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